Jan 21, 2019  
2017-2018 APU Catalog 
2017-2018 APU Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor & Environmental Education, M.S.

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The Master of Science in Outdoor & Environmental Education (MSOEE) provides graduate students training in outdoor and environmental education literacy, pedagogy, and programming using APU’s active learning model. The 36-credit degree program aims to develop graduate level competencies by offering intense, hands-on education utilizing APU’s Kellogg and main campuses. Students finish their degree by completing either a research or project-based thesis.

Student areas of focus have included Environmentally Responsible Behavior, School & Community Gardens, Place Attachment, Place-Based Learning & Curriculum Development.


The general requirements for admission to graduate studies at APU are found at the beginning of the section describing the graduate program. Applicants should have successfully completed twelve (12) semester credit hours of science or natural history courses at the undergraduate level. In addition, there are several specific requirements for the MSOEE program as follows:

  1. Three letters of recommendation dated within the past twelve months
  2. Current resume or CV
  3. Standardized Test Scores
    • Millers Analogies Test (MAT) – APU Reporting Code: 1841; or
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – APU Reporting Code: 4201
  4. Submit an essay (750-1000 words) outlining your interest in the program and professional goals.

Those candidates who satisfy the admissions requirements noted above, and who ultimately receive an offer for admission, will be required to provide authorization for a background check so as to allow participation in required coursework that involves close interaction with a vulnerable population (minors).

 * It is recommended that students complete a college level statistics course prior to enrollment.


MSOEE Degree Requirements (36 credits)

Each Master of Science in Outdoor & Environmental Education graduate is required to complete required courses, electives, and a thesis or professional project.

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 36

MSOEE with K-8 Teacher Certification Option:

Admission to program is suspended until further notice

MSOEE students may choose to pursue a K-8 Teacher Certification. Students will dual enroll in the MSOEE and the Certificate Only Option Program (CO-OP), enabling them to obtain both the MSOEE and teacher certification in an efficient and effective manner. 

Minumum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 45

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