Southern Adventist University

School of Education and Psychology

MSEd - Outdoor Education


4881 Taylor Circle

Collegedale, TN 37315

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Because learning can happen anywhere and anytime, SAU’s Master’s in Outdoor Teacher Education program has been developed to help classroom teachers, outdoor professionals, and youth workers effectively use God’s book of nature in their teaching and outdoor programs. Using the outdoor classroom allows a variety of learning styles to be addressed efficiently and effectively. Teachers and other professionals alike can use the outdoors to help children and teens solve real life problems. Those in the program also develop practical skills, such as outdoor site development and how to use outdoor activities as therapeutic tools. STUDY OPTIONS Classroom Teacher Summer Field School The summer field school attendance option is designed for K-12 teachers who would like to use outdoor laboratories to enrich the classroom curriculum. Typically, the teacher will attend three consecutive eight-week summer field school sessions in order to complete the degree. Outdoor Professional Intensives These intensive sessions are designed for outdoor professionals (camp directors, naturalists, etc.) who need to continue working while enrolled in classes. To accommodate their work schedules, each semester requires attendance of a 10-day intensive with additional projects and/or assignments to be completed individually after the session.



International Student Requirements:

The minimum TOEFL score necessary to be admitted to our Master of Science in Education program is 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, and 100 on the internet-based test. Also, applicants are asked to submit two recommendations (form can be provided) and official transcript(s) of any previous degree(s), etc. Please note that students are asked to complete all pre-requisites prior to enrollment in Master’s courses. Please contact Mrs. Melodie Lopez in the Graduate Studies Office ( for additional international student requirements.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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