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B. S. in Outdoor Education

Academic Program Mission

Outdoor education academic programs at Georgia College develop professional outdoor educators committed to innovative and authentic leadership. Students learn through direct experience and meaningful relationships with other students, faculty, community members and the natural and cultural settings in which outdoor educators practice. Our graduates create opportunities for positive change in individuals, communities and society.

What is an Outdoor Educator?
Outdoor educators are professionals who design, implement, and evaluate programs and services that utilize outdoor activities to improve the health and wellness of individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Programs and services may take place in a variety of settings, some of which are listed below. Outdoor educators are employed under a range of job titles such as recreation programmers, experiential educators, adventure educators, environmental educators, organizational trainers, outdoor leaders, park rangers, field leaders, camp directors and wilderness guides. Outdoor educators use experiential learning strategies to engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values (The Association for Experiential Education).

Why study Outdoor Education at Georgia College?

  • Our programs are one of only five programs in the United States that are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education
  • Our programs received the Georgia College Program Excellence Award (2007) by building on the unique mission and culture of the Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University.
  • Our programs received the Organizational Member of the Year award from the Association for Experiential Education (2006).


Specializations in the BS in Outdoor Education
In addition to the major requirements, outdoor education students select a specialization area that serves to enhance the major in another academic discipline.  Specialization areas include therapeutic use of adventure, management, environmental education or health and physical education. A related minor or second major is completed in the specialization area, along with research methods and practicum requirements. Second majors may necessitate an additional semester of study, however non-transfer students who plan to complete a second major early in the program of studies normally graduate in four years of regular study.  

Is Outdoor Education right for me?
Are you concerned about your well being and the well being of others?  Are you concerned about the environment? Do you want to work in the out-of-doors? Do you want to help others grow through challenge and adventure? Are you a caring person who likes working with people? Would you enjoy motivating individuals to achieve healthy lifestyle behaviors? Can you see yourself working with individuals, groups, organizations, or communities using outdoor activities as a means to achieve their goals? If so, then the B.S. in Outdoor Education may be the right choice for you.

Disclaimer: Risk and challenge are inherent in outdoor education experiences. While every effort is made to attend to the safety of participants and staff, it is not possible to control or anticipate all factors related to leadership, equipment and facilities, environment and participant behavior that may contribute to emotional, physical or social safety.   
 
Contact Information
Dr. Jeff Turner 
Parks Memorial 204
Campus Box 112
Milledgeville, GA 31061 
Phone 478-445-1226/0947
jeff.turner@gcsu.edu

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