This degree option combines classes from the Outdoor Studies and Education Departments to give students a thorough preparation for teaching in public and charter schools with an emphasis in environmental and outdoor education.

The first year of the 45-credit program consists of classes conducted primarily at APU’s Kellogg Farm Campus in Palmer, Alaska, utilizing an experiential approach while maintaining our standards of academically rigor. The second year is spent at APU’s Anchorage Campus preparing for and completing student teaching. Classes will include Outdoor Education LiteracyTeaching MethodsPower of PlaceResearch Methods, and Curriculum/Instruction/Evaluation.

This career path enables students the flexibility of picking from jobs in public, charter, or private schools; interpretive and education specialist jobs in land management agencies such as the National Park Service or State Parks; and positions in a variety of non-governmental organizations and businesses such as conservation organizations and camps.


Cliff Hartman Teaching Scholarship

Student of scholarly merit with a strong interest in teaching, teacher education or educational mythology

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Barney and Rachel Gottstein Scholarship

Alaska Native students who intend to teach in rural Alaska

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Andrew J. Crow and Cora C. Crow Memorial Scholarship

Full-time students nominated by a Methodist church who has graduated within three years prior to admission from a high school within the Panhandle of Texas, or female students pursuing a degree in business or education

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Anchorage Amateur Radio Club Scholarship

Full-time students showing promise in science, mathematics, communications, radio, electronics, or astronomy

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Teaching in Alaska — Preparing at APU.  There is no better place than APU where teacher candidates can prepare to teach elementary K-8 students in elementary or middle school. , develop and use outdoor skills, and address challenges both in K-8 classrooms and outdoors in the beauty of nature.

Education Department

Outdoor Studies (OS) is for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to get paid to do what they love.  We prepare students for meaningful lives and careers working with people in the outdoors through expedition and classroom learning. Students earn either a BA in Outdoor Studies or a MS in Outdoor and Environmental Education.

Outdoor Studies Department