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 academic rigor. The second year is spent at APU’s Anchorage Campus preparing for and completing student teaching. Classes will include Outdoor Education Literacy, Teaching Methods, Power of Place, Research 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.
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Moving boldly, with curiosity and conviction – your future as a scientist starts now. Are you interested in the workings of the natural world? How glaciers are formed? How marine mammals dive to the depths? How fisheries are managed? The impacts of climate change? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Our programs in Marine & Environmental Sciences will help you address the most pressing questions in marine biology, earth science, environmental science and climate science in the 21st century. You’ll engage in cutting edge research with world class faculty, get out into the field to study natural processes in the pristine environment of Alaska as well as other locations around the globe. You’ll work with leaders in our collaborating institutions, agencies, and industry. And you’ll gain the critical thinking, deep knowledge, and real skills that will prepare you a competitive job market or further study and research.