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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 cross-disciplinary initiative combines the resources and services of the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, Mason's Center for Team-building and Organizational Learning (the EDGE), and New Century College. All students must complete a total of 25 credits in the certificate program. The breakdown of required core and elective coursework is outlined below. At least 15 credits must be completed at George Mason University. Any coursework completed at another institution must be approved for transfer by the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. Coursework can be completed while pursuing a degree and is open to students majoring in all disciplines.

Develop Your Outdoor Leadership Skills

Becoming an outdoor leader is for those individuals who are interested in exploring, guiding, and facilitating experiences for individuals in the outdoors. The Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership coursework focuses on hard (technical) and soft (theory) skills learned experientially while participating in the outdoor curriculum.

Students have 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 outdoor adventure 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