Outdoor Education

This major is designed for students who are interested in the outdoors and the environment and want to become leaders in community-based organizations related to these fields, promoting the service, care, and education of children, adolescents, and life-long learners.

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Students in Outdoor Education have the option to become Program Directors of Outdoor Environmental Centers or Outdoor Program and Camp Coordinators (e.g., Schrader Environmental Center).


The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Outdoor Education major at West Liberty University will be a 121 credit hour course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • 63 credit hours of general studies courses
  • 36 credit hours common core requirements
  • 22 credit hours of major studies

Included in the 36 credit hours of common core requirements are 4 credit hours of internship/international community experience in the Outdoor Education major.

Common Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 201 Human Development (3 hrs)
  • SPED 241  Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 301  Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship and Law (3 hrs)
  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (2 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Rethinking 21st Century Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/ International Community Experience (4 hrs)

Major Studies (22 Credit Hours)

  • BIO 224 Field Natural History (3 hrs)
  • SDE 232 First Aid & Emergency Services (Certification in First Aid & CPR) (3 hrs)
  • BIO 235 Introduction to Environmental Policies and Issues (3 hrs)
  • PE 280 Recreation Camp/ Outdoor Leisure Pursuits (3 hrs)
  • GEO 307 Environmental Issues in Appalachia (3 hrs)
  • BIO 340 General Biology for Elementary Teachers (4 hrs)

Select 1 of the Following from List Below

  • GEO 312 Geographies of World Tourism (3 hrs)
  • GEO 317 Geographies of Disasters (3 hrs)
  • GEO 405 Environmental Geography (3 hrs)
  • GEO 444 Weather and Climate (3 hrs)

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West Liberty University’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Education Program follows the 120 credit hour model for a bachelor’s degree and is designed for completion in three academic years. Despite the intention of this program to be an accelerated three-year program, students who wish to expand their studies to four years have the option to do so, by not taking summer classes but adding a fourth year of Fall IV and/or Spring IV classes.

Community Education’s Outdoor Education Partnership 

  • 4-H Wheeling, West Virginia University Extension Service Ohio County, Wheeling, WV
  • Oglebay Institute-Schrader Environmental Center, Wheeling, WV
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Linsly Outdoor Center, Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, PA.
  • The Meadowcroft Rockshelter Historic Village, Avella, PA
  • The Wilds, Cumberland, Ohio

For more information, please contact:

Director of Community Education
Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas
West Liberty University
308 Main Hall
208 University Drive
Campus Union Box 162
West Liberty, WV 26074
Office: 304-336-8561
Fax: 304-336-8627
[email protected]