Experiential Learning & Development

Master of Education

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Plymouth State’s MEd in Experiential Learning and Development serves professionals who seek to further their careers in such fields as outdoor adventure education, wilderness leadership, corporate experiential training, college or high school outdoor programs, youth adventure programming or summer adventure recreation programming. This 34 credit degree is distance based, and is designed for students who are currently working in outdoor adventure education or a related field of experiential learning.

This program does not require students to complete coursework on the Plymouth, NH campus. A portion of this degree is offered through partnerships with Project Adventure and High 5 Adventure Learning Center, two leading providers of professional training in adventure learning. Through multi-day workshops, guided projects and other customized learning experiences, you will choose your specialization component coursework taken directly though either Project Adventure or High 5. The master’s core courses and capstone completed directly through PSU are delivered online.

Note: students who wish to pursue an adventure-related career in Physical Education or a similar field should consider the MEd in Physical Education, Adventure Learning concentration

Reflection Paper Guidelines
Guided Projects
Registering for Workshop Credit
Students will complete the 34 credit master’s program with the following requirements.

Master’s Core Component – 9 credits

Experiential Learning Component – 22 credits

EE 5105 Risk Management for Experiential Education 3
ED 5060 Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development 3
Project Adventure/High 5 approved electives 16

Capstone Experience – 3 credits

Total for MEd in Experiential Learning and Development – 34 credits

Admission Requirements
Admission Deadlines

2019 Summer and Fall Registration Open

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registrar@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Registering for Workshop Credit? Students must register for workshop course credits within 30 days of their workshop end date, and must submit their work before the end of the term in which the course occurs. Guided Projects do not need to occur in the same term as the workshop. In order to receive credit for the adventure learning workshops, students must complete the appropriate registration form and submit it directly to the Registrar’s Office.
Project Adventure/High 5 Learning Workshop Registration Form

NOTE: All reflection papers and guided project coursework should be submitted directly to Dr. Hannon at jhannon@plymouth.edu

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Experiential Learning and Development Master of Education degree are able to:

  1. Display professional competence in adventure learning activities and instructional skills by demonstrating a grade of 3.0 or better in PA 5560 courses.
  2. Demonstrate effective teaching skills for a variety of adventure related lessons.
  3. Demonstrate competence in facilitation skills including assessment of client groups, planning and conducting adventure based learning experiences and promoting transference of learning.
  4. Discuss the various forms of diversity that can be found in an adventure learning group, and explain effective professional strategies for respecting this diversity and creating a safe and effective learning environment
  5. Explain Adventure Learning’s role as a social and individual change agent, and discuss examples of this change observed in the conduct of adventure programming.
  6. Display an understanding of and practice professional standards of risk management, with a grade of 3.0 or better on the content exam in EE 5100 Risk Management in Experiential Education.
  7. Effectively advocate for adventure learning in their local community or educational setting.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Graduate Assistant positions

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Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

EE and ED Course Offerings 2019
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Education and Experiential Education classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.