Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership Concentration

Students in this concentration will be prepared for work in the fast-growing field of educational and recreational outdoor programs. Employers of these graduates might include adventure outfitters and guide services, outdoor education centers and camps that include programs in outdoor living/travel and ropes courses, and outdoor leadership development programs. Graduating students could also pursue advanced degrees in outdoor education, outdoor recreation or outdoor therapeutic recreation.

Students in this concentration must document at least 25 days of wilderness or adventure leadership experiences when they apply for their required internship. Leadership opportunities are offered through various courses, the Outing Club, and local schools and agencies. Students should consult with their advisor early in their program to obtain details about this requirement.

Required Courses

Credits

Semester

Outdoor Education Skills Courses

Select four of the following: (0.5-3.0 credits each)

2-7

__________

Fly-fishing, Hiking & Camping, Rock Climbing I, Advanced Rock Craft, Ice Climbing, Orienteering, Ropes Course, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Introduction to River Kayaking, Whitewater Kayaking, Coastal Kayaking, Winter Expedition, Teaching Assistant Internship, or activity-based special topics course, such as Wilderness Canoe Touring.

Additional Required Courses

OER-1061

Backpacking

1

__________

OER-2062

Advanced Backpacking

2

__________

OER-2050

Rock Climbing Instructor OR

 

 

OER-1165

Coastal Kayak Guide Training

2

__________

 

(or other approved instructor certification course)

 

 

OER-2060

Wilderness First Responder

4

__________

 

(or proof of equivalent or higher level certification)

 

 

OER-2140

Ropes Course Leadership

2

__________

OER-3070

Adventure Education Theory and Practice

3

__________

OER-4030

Wilderness Leadership Techniques

4

__________

PSY-2420

Group Process: Theory and Practice

3

__________

Total

 

23-28

 

*Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership majors must select either EDU-2170 or PSY-2070.