Outdoor Education Major and Minor at Northland College

The Outdoor Education program at Northland College will provide you with the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence needed to enter the profession as an educator and leader. At Northland, you will work with faculty who are redefining the role of outdoor education with respect to environmental and social sustainability, gain experience providing outdoor and environmental education to children and adults, and engage people of all ages and abilities in establishing sustainable relationships with nature and humanity.

Beginning with the Fall 2012 catalog, Students in Outdoor Education must complete the requirements for the major plus one emphasis (see below).

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Major Requirements (Under: Look at Your Course List)

Natural History and Interpretation Emphasis
Therapeutic and Universal Design Emphasis
Wilderness Leadership Emphasis

Minor Requirements (Under: Look at Your Course List)
Course Descriptions

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Work in wilderness skills schools; environmental education centers; National Parks; wilderness and adventure therapy programs; community-based parks and recreation programs; community support programs for people with disabilities; State Parks; outdoor education centers; outdoor behavioral health programs or wilderness therapy camps; college recreation and student orientation programs.

Teach individuals and groups outdoor skills; using a variety of proven educational strategies; in the outdoors and in the classroom; integrating a deep understanding of historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations; with a thorough knowledge of ecologically and socially responsible outdoor education practices.

Design Outdoor Education programs that are socially and environmentally responsible; inclusive of individuals from all socio-economic levels, ethnicities, cultures, ages, abilities, races, genders, and religions; utilizing principles of ecology and models of sustainability; introducing others to the values and wise use of wild lands; from urban wild lands to pristine wilderness.

Demonstrate skills in outdoor travel and living; program planning; outdoor teaching techniques; interpretation; risk management; environmental education; sustainability practices; effective communication; teamwork, conflict resolution, professionalism, critical thinking, effective decision making, and initiative.

Expand your opportunities

Consider an academic minor, a double major, or a well-chosen set of electives to enhance your career options. Career and graduate school options for Outdoor Education Majors are enhanced when you add course work in a complementary field of study such as Native American studies, eco-psychology, business, education, environmental education, natural sciences, or a well-chosen set of electives within the outdoor education program. Talk with an Outdoor Education faculty member about complementary ways to enhance the strength of your degree.

Go to Graduate School in outdoor education, environmental education, natural history, teacher education, therapeutic recreation, sociology, psychology, adventure therapy or many other areas.

Career Ideas

Become an educator in an environmental learning center; an outdoor education instructor skilled in inclusive design and instruction; an outdoor recreation program coordinator at a college or in a community; or a wilderness skills instructor and counselor for at-risk youth.