Environmental education on canoes

What to Expect

Students in the graduate environmental education program can expect to:

  • engage in challenging, relevant course work in ecology, education, outdoor leadership and research.
  • engage in a scholarly research project with guidance from our faculty.
  • serve as an instructor in our K12 programs by participating in an outdoor education teaching practicum to practice and improve their teaching skills
  • be mentored by a faculty member
  • serve as a peer leader in the role of "Program Host". The program host leads instructor meetings, facilitates evening programs and gets special insight into the behind the scene details of MOSS operations.
  • be a member of a small, western mountain community and remote campus location. MOSS graduate students will have ample opportunities to develop and practice intentional group membership dynamics.
  • develop their own curriculum
  • work with a diverse group of students

Student Outcomes:

  • Learn and integrate - Through independent learning and collaborative study, attain, use and develop knowledge in ecology, teaching theory and leadership theory
  • Think and create - Use multiple thinking strategies to identify and examine real-world examples of theories explored in coursework and their implications for teaching, leadership and ecological understanding
  • Communicate – Acquire, articulate, create and convey intended meaning using verbal and non-verbal methods of communication that demonstrate respect and understanding in a complex society.
  • Clarify purpose and perspective –Explore one's professional identity through transformational experiences that foster an awareness of self, relationships and diverse perspectives
  • Practice citizenship – Apply principles of ethical leadership, collaborative engagement, socially responsible behavior, respect for diversity in an interdependent world and a service-oriented commitment to advance and sustain local and global communities.