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

Shannon O'Laughlin, Program Coordinator

APU Kellogg Campus

6404 N Lossing Rd.,
Palmer, AK 99645

Master of Science in Outdoor & Environmental Education