About MSOEE

Alaska Pacific University's M.S. in Outdoor & Environmental Education

The MSOEE Graduate program is a hands-on, place-based learning experience that will prepare you for many interdisciplinary career fields involving outdoor education. Combining theory and practice, you will have a chance to design and deliver outdoor learning programs to children of Kellogg Field School on the beautiful Kellogg Campus.

Program Core Courses

  • Curriculum Design for Outdoor Educators
  • Power of Place in Education
  • Teaching Methods for Experiential Education
  • Research Methods
  • Learning Theory in Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor & Environmental Literacy
  • Elective Expeditions and Skills: Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering, Leadership
  • Thesis Seminar I
  • Thesis Seminar II
  • Research Methods
  • Practicum
  • Thesis Research/Professional Project

Options exist to use MSOEE toward a 6-12 teaching certificate.

Current Employment of MSOEE Graduates

  • Environmental Educator, Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • Field Instructor, Alaska Avalanche School
  • Certified Elementary Teacher, Houston Elementary School
  • Field Instructor, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
  • Certified Elementary Teacher, Northern Pacific Academy
  • Faculty and Environmental Educator, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Recreational Therapist, Northstar Behavioral Health
  • Kids Don’t Float Program Coordinator, Alaska DNR – Office of Boating Safety
  • Interpretive Ranger, NPS
  • Public Safety Ranger, Alaska State Parks
  • Site Coordinator, Trailside Discovery Camps
  • Professional Development Manager, Camp Fire Alaska

Past Graduate Thesis Titles

An Analysis of the Junior Wilderness First Aid (JWFA) Program

Decision-Making Practices in Alaska’s Dynamic Mountain Environments: A Study of Professional Mountain Guides

Grounding Girls: Young Women and Place-Based Environmental Education

Exploring Ecology in Alaska: Reflective Storytelling as a Model for Environmental Education

Science Center Connections: What Understandings do Students Retain After a Field Trip?

Evaluation of a Place-Based and Community-Based Education Program: A Case Study

Piloting an Avalanche Advisory Program for Public Recreation in the Chugach Mountains: Strategy, Challenges and Viability

Archery at the Farm: The Development, Implementation and Assessment of a Youth Archery Curriculum

“The Fisheries Lady is Here!”: Desgining, Implementing and Evaluating the KNA Fisheries Science in the Schools Program

A First-Time Outdoor Experience: Outdoor Recreation and the Enhancement of Environmental Knowledge and Environmentally Responsible Behavior

The Other People in the Group: A Qualitative Study of Parents as Participants in NonFormal Multigenerational Environmental Education Programs

Developing Environmental Education Curriculum Kits

Modeling the Use of Interpretive Panels Within an Environmental Education Curriculum

A Community Needs Assessment of a Children’s Garden at Spring Creek Farm

Constructivism in a Youth Bicycle Safety Curriculum

The Effects of Live Animal Contact on Zoo Visitor Conservation Commitment

Beginning Farmer Education in Alaska: What Women Want

Implementing a Place-Based Environmental Lab School at APU’s Kellogg Campus

Masters Program Evaluation: A Case Study of an Outdoor and Environmental Education Degree

Outdoor Language Arts

The Lasting Frontier: Divide Recreation in Hatcher Pass

Urban Environmental Education Program Development Through Neighborhood Mapping

Contact the MSOEE Graduate Program

Steve Rubinstein, Director of MSOEE
907.982-3122
srubinstein@alaskapacific.edu

Megan Rock, Program Coordinator
907.355-1337
mrock@alaskapacific.edu

APU Kellogg Campus

6404 N Lossing Rd.,
Palmer, AK 99645