Adventure Learning

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Plymouth State offers two different Adventure Learning programs – choose from our popular Adventure Education program or Experiential Learning and Development.

Both programs are 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 through either Project Adventure or High 5. The master’s core courses and capstone completed directly through PSU are delivered online.

Reflection Paper Guidelines

Reflection and application are two critical components of the experiential learning cycle. The reflection paper is designed to encourage both of these processes while helping you move your understanding of various topics from theory to practice. Complete this assignment after you’ve finished your workshop, course, or conference and, ideally, after you’ve incorporated some of the content into your professional environment.

There’s some freedom to develop your reflection paper in the way that you want; however, there are also guidelines and recommendations. The paper should be an original work between 3 and 5 pages (double-spaced) in which you:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the workshop content
  • Reflect on its significance
  • Discuss its application in a specific professional environment

A typical paper might demonstrate the experiential reflection questions of What?So What? and Now What? Summarizing the workshop (What?) should only be a preface to the real work of the paper. Discussing the significance of the workshop content (So What?) and the actual or hypothetical application of the workshop content into your professional activities (Now What?) are the core of the reflection. A paper might discuss the main themes, new information, and theories that you encountered and then discuss the use of the specific content from this workshop, conference, or course in the setting where you work. You can relay what you did (or intend to do), and then consider what worked well (or might work well), what was difficult, and what you would change or do differently next time around. While it’s appropriate to discuss the usefulness of the workshop content in your professional setting, an evaluation of the workshop itself or the presenter isn’t specifically part of this assignment.

Since the paper is expected to be original work if you incorporate quotations or material from other sources, it must be cited as such. The preferred style is the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. For more information about APA style, visit PSU’s Lamson Library website.

Generally, papers will be graded on the depth of reflection, the way that you incorporate both theory and experience, and the effectiveness of the written communication. The rubric for this assignment clarifies specific expectations for both reflection content and writing effectiveness.

Please submit your adventure learning coursework using the following procedures:

  1. Register for the course or courses separately using the appropriate registration form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Email your work to jhannon@plymouth.edu with your last name as the first word in the file name (not the email subject).
  3. Be sure to write at the top of your reflection paper and project, below your name, the term in which you have registered.
  4. Include a scan or photo of your Certificate of Completion.
  5. Your email subject line should include “Adventure Learning Course Work”
Rubric for Reflection Paper

Download the Rubric for Reflection Paper assignment after Project Adventure and High 5 adventure learning experiences.

Examples of Reflection Papers
Guided Projects
Projects are intended to increase our understanding of the workshop topic beyond that gained from attendance and the initial reflection. Learn more about project guidelines!

Please submit your adventure learning coursework using the following procedures:

  1. Register for the course or courses separately using the appropriate registration form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Email your work to jhannon@plymouth.edu with your last name as the first word in the file name (not the email subject).
  3. Be sure to write at the top of your reflection paper and project, below your name, the term in which you have registered.
  4. Include a scan or photo of your Certificate of Completion.
  5. Your email subject line should include “Adventure Learning Course Work”
Registering for Workshop Credit

To earn workshop credits for the Adventure Learning Component you must:

  • Register and attend the Project Adventure or High5 workshop
  • Upon completion of the workshop, register for PSU credit by completing Project Adventure/High 5 Workshop Registration Form.
    • Registration must be completed within 30 days of the workshop end date
    • Registration forms need to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office
  • Reflection papers must be submitted for review with 30 days from the workshop end date.
  • Guided Projects do not need to occur in the same term as the workshop.

Adventure Education is a 34 credit Master of Education (MEd) in Physical Education with a concentration in Adventure Education. This is distance learning program designed for students who have a physical education background, and does not require students to complete coursework on the Plymouth, NH campus. If you do not have a background or career aspirations related to physical education or a related field, you should consider our MEd in Experiential Learning and Development.
Curriculum Requirements

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

Admission Requirements
Admissions requirements for the Adventure Learning programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Adventure Education programs can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019-20:

  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020, April 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020, August 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Spring 2020 Registration Begins October 28

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 “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. 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 Workshop Registration Form

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

“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

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

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.

Adventure Learning Course Offerings 2019
This course planning matrix hows a tentative schedule of when Adventure Learning classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.