PSU’s new Master of Education 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 education. Choose 8-12 credits of specialization component coursework that are taken directly through either Project Adventure or High 5 multi-day workshops. Remaining credits of the specialization component are comprised of guided projects and other customized learning experiences. The master’s core component courses and the required Risk Management, Theories of Learning, and capstone courses are all completed in a distance format directly through PSU.
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
- Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
3Seeks to examine the manner in which the behavior, feelings, or thoughts of one individual are influenced by the behavior or characteristics of others. Topics to be considered include social perception, attitudes, gender, social cognition, conflict, social influence, intercultural awareness, prejudice, discrimination, aggression, and group behavior. Fall, spring, and summer.
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3This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
3A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
3ED 5030 Research DesignKnowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
- Experiential Learning Component – 22 credits
3This online course reviews principles and current practices in experiential education program risk management for public and private schools, profit and not for profit organizations. Topics explored in the course include incident theories, risk management strategies, risk management tools, risk evaluation, risk analysis, emergency action plan, crisis management, liability coverage, and the law related to experiential education. Students will gain a practical understanding of risk management through examinations, risk analysis exercises, online group discussion, case studies, and individual projects.
3An overview of current theories concerning the brain, development, and learning. Analysis of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence and adulthood. Discussion of language acquisition, thinking and learning styles, multiple intelligence, and creativity. Topics include teaching, learning, and assessment issues related to cultural diversity, technology, and learning differences.
Project Adventure/High 5 approved electives
- Capstone Experience – 3 credits
3ED 6900 Graduate Capstone ProjectThe purpose of the graduate capstone is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Capstone projects should focus on the following questions: How will the theories learned throughout the program be integrated into a coherent project or experience? How will this work enhance individual career goals? Who are the stakeholders and how will this work assist them? How does this work serve the professional community? How will this work help move the profession forward? Process: Students should plan for approximately 40 hours of work per credit to be earned. The total number of credits earned must be approved by their advisor and noted on their program contract. Candidates must submit Graduate Capstone Project forms with their registration and Capstone Projects must be approved by candidates' advisors and the Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies. Once completed, candidates are expected to present their final products to their adviser and/or PSU faculty members. Students who anticipate working on their project for more than one term should register for the appropriate number of credits in each term so that they remain registered throughout the course of the project.
- Total for MEd in Experiential Learning and Development – 34 credits