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Outdoor Leadership

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The Outdoor industry is a major economic force. Prepare for an exciting outdoor career by earning relevant certifications, gaining technical skills and practical experience in our Outdoor Leadership degree program. Further hone your skills to effectively help others with our certificates in Wilderness Therapy or Wilderness Emergency Medicine. Realize an intentional lifestyle and career that you will enjoy.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

This course of study includes interpersonal skills and leadership skills such as group process, conflict resolution, program planning, and management issues.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

You can work in the adventure tourism industry, therapeutic wilderness programs, specialized adventure/leadership programs, adventure programs for youth, challenge course industry, city, county, and state outdoor programs, public and private outdoor education centers, and private and public school outdoor programs.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EARN

For more information about this field, including salary and career pathways, check out this link on our Career Coach assessment tool.

 

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

SCC’s Outdoor Leadership program operates on National Forest System Lands and is authorized under a Special Use Permit by the Nantahala National Forest.

USDA Forest Service Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720- 2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

Admission Criteria Transfer Agreements

COURSE INFORMATION

Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.

 

FALL SEMESTER 1

Prefix No. Title Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
CIS 110 Intro to Computers 3
ENG 111 Writing & Inquiry 3
ODL 110 Intro to Outdoor Leadership 3
ODL 120 Challenge Course Facilitation 3
ODL 130 Water-Based Activities I 3
    Totals 16

 

SPRING SEMESTER 1

ENG 114 Professional Research and Reporting 3
ODL 115 Methods of Experiential Education 3
ODL 125 Wilderness First Responder 4
ODL 135 Land-Based Activities I 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
    Totals 16

 

FALL SEMESTER 2

ODL 210 Water-Based Activities II 3
ODL 215 Administration & Policy of Public Lands 3
ODL 220 Climbing 3
HUM 115 Critical Thinking 3
*** *** Technical Elective 3
Choose one of the following:
BUS 239 Entrepreneurship I 3
ODL 140 Intro - Wilderness Therapy 3
    Totals 18

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2

BIO 140 Environmental Biology 3
BIO 140A Environmental Biology Lab 1
ODL 212 Land-Based Activities II 3
ODL 228 ODL for Special Populations 3
ODL 286 Issues in Outdoor Leadership 3
*** *** Technical Elective 3
    Totals 16

 

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (6-9 CREDITS)

EMS 110 EMT 9
ODL 140 Intro - Wilderness Therapy 3
ODL 245 Wilderness Therapy Models 3
ODL 248 Field Techniques in WT 3
ODL 260 Challenge Course Management 3
ODL 267 Primitive Living Skills 3

Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.

 

Prefix No. Title Credit
ODL 110 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership 3
ODL 115 Methods of Experiential Education 3
ODL 125 Wilderness First Responder 4
Choose two of the following:  
ODL 120 Challenge Course Facilitation 3
ODL 130 Water Based Activities I 3
ODL 135 Land Based Activities I 3
ODL 220 Climbing 3
    Totals 16

Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.

 

Prefix No. Title Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
EMS 110 EMT 9
Choose one of the following:  
ODL 125 Wilderness First Responder 4
EMS 243 Wilderness EMT 2
Choose four credits of the following:  
ODL 130 Water-Based Activities I 3
ODL 135 Land Based Activities I 3
ODL 267 Primitive Living Skills 3
ODL 270 Swiftwater Rescue 1
ODL 275 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue 1
ODL 277 Technical Rope Rescue 2
    Totals 16-18

Click on title for course description. For your convenience, the following listing includes only credit hours for each course. For a comprehensive listing of classroom, lab and clinical hours for each course, click on this PDF.

 

Prefix No. Title Credit
ODL 125 Wilderness First Responder 4
ODL 140 Intro to Wilderness Therapy 3
ODL 245 Wilderness Therapeutic Models 3
ODL 248 Field Techniques in WT 3
Choose two of the following:  
ODL 115 Methods of Experiential Education 3
ODL 130 Water Based Activities I 3
ODL 135 Land Based Activities I 3
ODL 267 Primitive Living Skills 3
    Totals 16
Paul Wolf
Outdoor Leadership Program Coordinator/Instructor

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