The outdoor education applied minor is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in the outdoor education industry, and/or in programs with remote or extended fieldwork components. Through a combination of coursework and field-based experiential learning, the applied minor emphasizes educational and environmental theory, interpersonal and leadership skills, and an introduction to technical skills such as backpacking, canoeing and rock climbing.
Earlham has a national reputation for training outstanding outdoor educators. As a complement to the outdoor education applied minor, our Outdoor Education Program provides a unique combination of on-campus courses, field experiences and leadership practica leading to excellent opportunities for development of both technical and interpersonal skills. Graduates have gone on to careers in environmental education, park management, wilderness guiding, and youth social work.
One of the following education- or leadership-focused academic courses:
Other courses will be considered by petition.
One of the following natural science academic courses:
Students must complete a qualifying multi-day (seven days+) field practicum experience, including four days in a leader-of-the-day or instructor role. Experience to include planning, logistics, field time and debrief/evaluation (e.g., OTL TA, Multi-day AWPE Instructor, August Wilderness Instructor, Internship, NOLS/Outward Bound course, or another experience approved by the director of outdoor education).
All students must submit a capstone portfolio and complete a mock job interview with an EC Career Coach. The portfolio includes the following:
- A statement on personal educational philosophy.
- A critical reflection essay on qualifying practicum field experience.
- A sample written lesson plan from qualifying field experience.
- An outdoor-focused resume.