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.
Required Core Courses (17 credits)
- INTS 204: Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
- RECR 122: Exploring Outdoor Adventure (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 210: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3 credit hours)
- PRLS 220: Experiential Education Theory and Application (3 credit hours)
- PRLS 221: Challenge Course Facilitation (3 credit hours)
- PRLS 316: Leadership and Outdoor Education (3 credit hours)
Electives (8 credits)
Choose 8 credits from the following:
- INTS 195: Field-Based Work (1 - 6 credit hours) (must register for 1 credit)
- RECR 134: Rock Climbing: Introduction (2 credit hours)
- RECR 121: Backpacking: Introduction (2 credit hours)
- RECR 126: White-water Kayaking: Introduction (2 credit hours)
- RECR 127: Coastal Kayaking: Intro (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 180: White-water Canoeing (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 181: White-water Canoeing II (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 200: Wilderness First Responder (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 250: Wilderness Travel and Sustainability (2 credit hours)
- PRLS 480: Special Topics in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies (1 - 3 credit hours)
Total: 25 credits
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Declare Your Intent to Pursue the Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership
- Complete the Declaration of Undergraduate Certificate Form
- Email Dr. Brenda Wiggins at email@example.com to set up an advising appointment and obtain her signature for the form.
For more information about the Certificate in Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership, contact: Dr. James Kozloski, firstname.lastname@example.org