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No Child Left Inside: Examining Rationale and Methods to Use the Outdoors as a Classroom

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 5 Quarter Credits, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
This course is intended for K-12 educators seeking ways to expand their teaching expertise by applying outdoor education skills and awareness as a means to improve student learning.  Educators will be provided with opportunities to explore and make sense of current research and to become confident in their abilities to utilize the outdoors as they plan lessons within their curricular areas. 

Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of this course: 

1. To examine the causes which have created children who could be described as “Nature Deficit” (NBPTS 1, 3, 4; InTASC 1-3)
2. To investigate how exposure to nature and outdoor education can benefit children and their education (NBPTS 1, 3, 4; InTASC 1-3)
3. To understand basic foundations of environmental education and common pitfalls in its practices (NBPTS 1-5; InTASC 1-8)
4. To explore and apply a variety of outdoor education teaching methods (NBPTS 1-5; InTASC 1-8)

Self-Paced courses are delivered within our online classroom and available 24/7. You can begin your study program at any time.

Ongoing Enrollment
Online structured courses are delivered within our online classroom and available within a specific scheduled time window with your instructor.

Site based courses are delivered on site in certain locations during a specific date range with a live instructor.