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M.Ed. in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education Administration Program Goals

Goal 1: Graduates are prepared to administer safe, environmentally sound, and effective outdoor education experiences.

  1. Students will implement and supervise outdoor education experiences that reflect client goals and characteristics.
  2. Students will implement and assess risk management plans for emotionally, socially, and physically safe outdoor education experiences.
  3. Students will assess natural and cultural history factors for implementing environmentally sound outdoor education experiences.
  4. Students will implement current Georgia College accredited policy and procedures.

Goal 2: Graduates are prepared to provide leadership in a variety of land, water, and challenge technical activities.

  1. Students will complete a set of nationally recognized training programs.
  2. Students will provide supervision and training in selected outdoor pursuits to a range of client groups.
  3. Students will maintain currency with specific industry standards.

Goal 3: Graduates are prepared to supervise and utilize experiential activities with small groups to promote changes in feelings, thinking, and behavior.

  1. Students will design and implement group development activities aimed at attaining client goals.
  2. Students will demonstrate basic and advanced facilitation techniques and can provide supervision and feedback to others.
  3. Students will develop and assess personal facilitation goals.
  4. Students will assess and manage group dynamics.
  5. Students will think critically about primary outcomes for group development activities and outdoor pursuits such as communication, respect for diversity, team effectiveness, shared situational leadership, problem solving, and trust and are able to help others incorporate them in the design of program experiences.
  6. Students will facilitate cooperative learning groups.

Goal 4: Graduates are prepared to administer programs that promote environmental stewardship.

  1. Students will complete relevant nationally recognized training.
  2. Students will develop environmental education lesson plans for specific ecosystems associated with technical trips, organizations or client groups.
  3. Students will complete service learning requirements associated with environmental education courses in relevant settings.

Goal 5: Graduates are prepared to model and promote service learning and service to the profession and the communities in which they work.

  1. Students will complete 15 hours per semester in the major in relevant service learning.
  2. Students will be able to implement Georgia College accredited policy associated with service learning.
  3. Students will implement and assess service learning opportunities relevant to course content.
  4. Students will serve the profession.

Goal 6: Graduates are prepared to administer outdoor education programs and services in recreation, education, training and development, or therapeutic settings.

  1. Students will demonstrate a command of theory and research associated with the field of outdoor education and the specific setting in which they wish to practice.
  2. Students will apply comprehensive knowledge of the field to a range of professional issues and administrative functions.

Goal 7: Graduates are prepared to engage in scholarly activity and advanced study.

  1. Students will be successful when applying to doctoral programs.
  2. Students will present at regional, national, or international professional conferences.
  3. Students will complete a research project.
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