Experiential Education and Group Facilitation Minor
The Minor in Experiential Education and Group Facilitation addresses the growing experiential education field and the need for trained practitioners within this field. A student completing the full minor curriculum will gain experience, education and training that is essential as an experiential educator or someone who is looking to incorporate experiential education and group facilitation into their field of study or work.
The minor provides two opportunities for certification: Challenge Course Practitioner Level I and Leave No Trace Trainer.
- a minimum of 15 credits is required for the minor;
- a minimum of 40 hours of documented facilitation and experiential education experience is required for the minor;
- all courses for the minor must be completed at EWU;
- transfer credits will not be accepted for minor completion.
- in no course required for the minor can the student receive ≥B.
|RCLS 220||LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES||3|
|RCLS 225||GROUP FACILITATION TECHNIQUES||3|
|RCLS 335||CHALLENGE COURSE PRACTITIONER||4|
|RCLS 355||LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER||2|
|RCLS 380||THEORY AND PRACTICE OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION||3|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- exhibit the ability to analyze, critique and think about how to put experiential education theory into practice;
- learn technical skills for low and high elements including teaching appropriate spotting skills, equipment use, retrieval and maintenance, various belay techniques, systems and transfers, course set-up and breakdown, knot tying and instructor access climbing skills;
- model and teach appropriate facilitation skills for group games and problem-solving initiative activities including sequencing, setting participant expectations, goal setting, group-decision making, processing and managing the activity;
- model and teach a variety of debriefing techniques and tools to aid in effective group processing;
- understand, demonstrate and teach state of the art minimum impact techniques and be able to lead discussions on outdoor ethics and help others explore their own personal outdoor ethic;
- understand experiential education and challenge course history, philosophy and foundational concepts and be able to convey those concepts to other practitioners.