Help your students know their place on the planet. Get your master's in Education with an Earth-Based Experiential Education specialization. Augment your core courses with six hours from the following:
- Experiential Education (TCH ED 6440)
- Outdoor Education Leadership (TCH ED 6442)
- Environmental Education (TCH ED 6444) (Previously Voyage of Learning)
- Big River Ecology (EDUC 5006)
- Teaching in the Outdoors (EDUC 5006)
- Special Problem/Internship
TCH ED 6440 Experiential Education (3 credit hours)
Explore new approaches to teaching using team-building initiatives, craftsmanship approaches, cultural journalism, and adventure education.
TCH ED 6442 Outdoor Education Leadership (3 credit hours)
Use literature, cooperative journaling, leadership development, and authentic outdoor experience to help students know the land and the place they call home.
TCH ED 6444 Environmental Education (3 credit hours)
Get to know Forest Park in ways that few ever do. Learn and practice experiential techniques for teaching in the park. Collaboratively taught by UMSL, Forest Park Forever, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri History Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, and Saint Louis Science Center. Visit the Voyage of Learning Teacher's Academy Web page for details on this summer's experience.
EDUC 5006 Big River Ecology (workshop—1 credit hour, optional)
Includes two full-day field trips to explore the confluence area of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, including historical and economic importance, floods, floodplains, wetland, and recreation issues.
EDUC 5006 Teaching in the Outdoors (workshop—1 credit hour, optional)
Explore and practice environmental education approaches to fish, forest, and wildlife conservation based on the award-winning Projects WET, Wild, and Learning Tree activities. Activity books and certification are included.
A special problem class or internship with variable credit can be arranged for supervised interpretive experience in experiential education instruction.
Students who complete at least 16 noncredit contact hours from Teaching in the Outdoors, Certified Interpretive Guide training, or a supervised interpretive experience may earn a Chancellor's Certificate in Environmental Interpretation.