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Outdoor and Environmental Education, M.S.

Outdoor education that inspires. Naturally.

‘MSOEE students know that abundant, unhurried outdoor experiences help make people who they are.’ – Steve Rubinstein, MSOEE director

The only program of its kind in Alaska, APU’s Master of Science degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education prepares you for professional, interdisciplinary careers where teaching and passion for the natural world intersect.

Expect to join a close-knit cohort pursuing interests like science, natural history, wilderness education, interpretation, and adventure therapy, among many others. MSOEE students live and study at forested Kellogg Farm, APU’s 800-acre working farm in Palmer, about 45 miles northeast of the main campus in Anchorage.

Experiential learning starts from your earliest days in MSOEE. Combine theory and application as you design and deliver programs at Louise’s Farm School, our on-site teaching lab attracting schoolchildren and adults eager to know about wellbeing and the outdoors.

MSOEE graduates compete successfully for public and private sector careers including

  • federal agency environmental educator
  • nature center director
  • college campus outdoor program director
  • military outdoor recreation specialist
  • certified instructor, National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound

Watch MSOEE student Tyler Katzmar in the Farm School classroom

Farm and forest are your classroom

Our intentionally small class sizes promote place-based learning at the University’s Kellogg Farm, where MSOEE students live, work and study in a pristine woodland setting.

Your thesis is a professional project demonstrating excellence and personalized learning. Recent topics include

  • school and community gardens
  • environmentally responsible behavior
  • land-use conflicts
  • resource development

MSOEE emphasizes graduate-level mastery in areas like environmental education literacy, pedagogy, and program design and delivery – each grounded in APU’s active learning model.

Required Courses

MSOEE Emphasizes

  • Research Methods
  • Thesis Seminar I
  • Outdoor and Environmental Education Literacy
  • Teaching Methods for Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Assessment of Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Curriculum Design for Experiential Educators
  • Learning Theory in Outdoor Education
  • Thesis Seminar II
  • Practicum
  • Electives
  • Thesis Research
  • Professional Project

Graduate-level mastery in areas like environmental education literacy, pedagogy, and program design and delivery – each grounded in APU’s active learning model.

MSOEE welcomes students eager to develop teaching methods that impart the benefits of outdoor education. Expect to teach, research and develop pilot programs as you prepare for careers in a range of professional settings.

 

Application Date Requirements

July 1st for Fall, November 1st for Spring