Wilderness Leadership Emphasis

2013-2014 Catalog
Course Requirements
Two from 6-8
OED 446 Wilderness Instructor Training
OED 332 Winter Travel and Living Skills
OED 330 An approved National Outdoor Leadership School Course
OED 331 An approved Outward Bound course
Or An approved outdoor adventure education course of 21-35 days
One From 3-4
Wellness Curriculum Level 4 certification in climbing or paddling
Or American Canoe Association Instructor Certification or equivalent in one
Or AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification or equivalent
Credits Required for an Emphasis in Wilderness Leadership 9-12
Recommended Electives
OED 272 Accident Theory and Analysis 4
OED 420 Special Topics in Wilderness Emergency Care 4

Graduate Profile

Work for wilderness-based outdoor programs, non-profit agencies, college recreation programs, school-based programs, or run your own business.

Teach outdoor activities such as canoeing, winter camping, rock climbing, and skiing.

Foster development of effective social interaction skills and self-esteem.

Interact with a wide variety of clientele, from children through seniors, facilitating experiences that encourage them to build self-esteem, develop technical and interpersonal skills, and learn more about their connections to the natural world.

Additional Options

Consider an academic minor, double major, or well-chosen set of electives in complementary fields of study such as business, education, or the natural sciences to broaden your career options.

Go to Graduate School in education, outdoor education, or recreation administration.

Career Ideas

Become an outdoor education instructor skilled in a particular discipline, such as boating or winter travel, an adventure education specialist with a non-profit youth organization or school, a wilderness guide or outfitter, or an owner/operator of an outdoor-oriented business.

Search the Web

Northland College Outdoor Education Web Resources
Job hunting resources, employment opportunities, internship opportunities, graduates in the workforce

General Outdoor Education Web Resources
http://www.outdoored.com Jobs, articles, list serves, important professional information
http://www.aee.org Association for Experiential Education web site

Wilderness Education Resources
http://www.nols.edu The National Outdoor Leadership School offers courses, publications, and online resources for outdoor educators
www.outwardbound.org Outward Bound USA offers courses, online resources, and links related to the adventure education field.
www.primitive.org The Society of Primitive Technology offers publications, gatherings, and other resources to further the study of prehistorical and indigenous technologies and living skills.
www.weainfo.org The Wilderness Education Association offers programs, links, and online resources to encourage the preservation of wilderness through leader education.
http://www.aore.org/ Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)

Graduate Studies
http://programs.gradschools.com/usa/outdoor_education.html access to many Outdoor Education graduate programs in the US
http://www.cedu.niu.edu/TLRN/academic/grad_environEd.shtml Graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education at Northern Illinois University

http://www.aurora.edu/academics/programs-majors/graduate/recreation-administration/index.html Master’s degrees in Recreation Administration with Outdoor Pursuits Administration or Administration of Leisure Services Emphasis at Aurora University
http://ed.mnsu.edu/edleadership/exed/ Master of Science in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University-Mankato
http://www.prescott.edu/learn/limited-residency-master-of-arts/index.html Master of Arts in Adventure Education