Outdoor Education Certificate Course Work

Theory-based courses

This group of courses focuses on they why of what we do in the field by examining research and studying in field of outdoor education.

KINE 460 Foundations of Outdoor Education

This course provides the historical and philosophical foundations for using the outdoors as a medium for learning. Basic teaching and leadership styles used in instruction are emphasized. Also, a detailed look at the ethics involved in using the outdoors and adventure programming is conducted.

KINE 462 Theory of Experiential Education

This course provides a general overview of the philosophical, psychological and historical foundations of experiential education. Central to the course is the examination of the writings of philosophers/educators such as Rousseau, John Dewey, William James, Kurt Hahn, and Willie Unsoeld.

KINE 464 Facilitating the Adventure Experience

This course focuses on the process of facilitation. Specific attention is paid to transfer of learning, outdoor education process/theory, the use of metaphors, small group development, debriefing/processing, providing appropriate feedback, therapeutic approaches, framing experiences, and the various theories involved in the use of adventure experiences as a medium for education/therapy. Applications are generalized to specific populations (e.g., youth-at-risk, chemical dependency, businesses, university orientation programs, and public schools).

Method Based courses

These courses form the how of what we do as professionals, as such there are 2 major focal points; the acquisition of skills and the methods of teaching those skills. Each of these classes requires extensive field trips.

KINE 224 Methods of Teaching Rock Climbing

This class is designed for outdoor education and recreation leaders and is an introduction to the skills and safety systems associated with beginning rock climbing (e.g., top rope climbing, rappelling, bouldering) and the management of rock climbing in outdoor programs.

KINE 226 Methods of Teaching Wilderness Living

This course is an introduction to basic summer backpacking skills, including equipment, nutrition, fitness, minimum impact camping, safety, beginning map and compass skills, leadership issues, and environmental ethics. This is course is also a WEA Wilderness Steward course and a LNT trainer course.

KINE 227 Winter and the Mountains

An introduction to winter wilderness living skills, including nutrition, minimum impact camping, snow physics, avalanche, safety, and medical issues, back-country skiing techniques, snow shelters, leadership issues, and environmental ethics. Emphasis is on technical applications and the implementations of these skills in adventure programs. Successful completion of this class earns the student Level I avalanche certification. This course is only offered during the winter intercession.

KINE Methods of Teaching Canoeing and Kayaking

The primary purpose of this course is to give students a basic introduction to canoeing and kayaking skills. Students will gain a basic understanding of the equipment, techniques and procedures to conduct kayaking activities in flat water, moving water, and whitewater environments. Emphasis will be placed on the development of individual paddling skills, safe and conscientious paddling, and group management while on moving water.

KINE 470 Practicum in Outdoor Education

This course is a 35-day wilderness experience; it provides future teachers, counselors, and group leaders with a foundation to planning theory, goals, and safety practices of an extended wilderness expedition. This course will be field based; meaning the classroom will be remote wilderness settings. Key in this instruction will be the participant's involvement in a group development experience while at the same time learning the skills, knowledge, and awareness necessary to conduct safe, ethical and effective wilderness based learning programs. This course is only offered during only in the spring semester and is taught every other year. This is a WEA National Standards course.