School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership

The Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership introduces students to a variety of outdoor adventure activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge course facilitation.

This certificate provides students who are pursuing or have previously earned an undergraduate degree the opportunity to develop specialized skills unique to a variety of outdoor adventure and experiential activities, such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge-course facilitation. Coursework focuses on the acquisition of technical skills and application of theory-to-experiential learning in an outdoor recreation curriculum. The certificate provides options to attain certification as low and high element facilitators and Wilderness First Responders. Students completing the certificate requirements will be fully prepared to work as challenge course facilitators, work as instructors at Outdoor Education/Adventure Education organizations, and effectively integrate outdoor experiential programs with existing educational curricula.

Course Work

Required Core Courses (17 credits)

Electives (8 credits)

Choose 8 credits from the following:

Total: 25 credits

Click to view the 2016-2017 Certificate Advising Sheet

Declare Your Intent to Pursue the Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership

For more information about the Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership, contact: Dr. James Kozloski, jkozlows@gmu.edu