Points about the program
- Outdoor education academic and non-academic programs have been offered at Georgia College for more than 50 years, initially as academic workshops offered through the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the School of Education, and Continuing Education More recently programs and services have been offered through the Department of Kinesiology, Student Activities, and Continuing Education.
- Currently Outdoor Education academic programs include the M.Ed. in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education Administration, the B.S. in Outdoor Education, and a minor in outdoor education.
- The Outdoor Center at Georgia College, also administered through the Department of Kinesiology, offers programs and services to a wide range of GC, community, and professional clients.
- Outdoor Education academic programs and the Outdoor Center at Georgia College are academic programs of distinction at GC.
- East Campus is home to outdoor education programs and services.
- Outdoor education academic programs are one of five higher education programs in the United States accredited by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE), the Outdoor Center at Georgia College is one five service programs in higher education in the United States accredited by The Association for Experiential Education (AEE), and one of two programs in higher education for which the academic and service programs are jointly accredited.
- Outdoor education faculty, students, alumni and programs have a long standing history of recognition for academic and teaching excellence, and professional leadership.
- 2002: Jude Hirsch received the Experiential Educator of the Year award from the Association for Experiential Education
- 2002: Jude Hirsch received the Teaching Excellence award from Georgia College & State University
- 2006: Academic and service programs jointly received the Organizational Member of the Year from the Association for Experiential Education
- 2007: Academic and service programs jointly received the Program Excellence Award from Georgia College & State University
- 2008: Academic and service programs received the Academic Program of Distinction designation at Georgia College & State University
- 2008: Jude Hirsch received the Servant Leader Award from the Association for Experiential Education
- Outdoor education academic programs develop effective outdoor educators. Our graduates promote positive change in individuals, communities, and society through innovative and authentic leadership. Our distinctive curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop meaningful relationships with each other, faculty, community members, and the natural environment in and through direct experiences.
- Detailed course, calendar, policy and procedures, and program information
- The Outdoor Center at Georgia College provides excellent technical training, outdoor recreation education, leadership training, and group development experiences. We serve outdoor education professionals, Georgia College faculty, staff, and students, and members of the surrounding community. We provide programs and services led by competent personnel in compliance with The Association for Experiential Education accreditation standards. The Outdoor Center seeks to enhance the mission of the state's public liberal arts university through safe, environmentally sound, and effective programs and services. Exemplary facilities at East Campus provide opportunities for outdoor education students to gain purposeful, real-world leadership experience while providing a service to the GC, surrounding and professional, communities.
The Department of Outdoor Education
Campus Box 121
Milledgeville, GA 31061