Minor in Experiential Education & Group Facilitation

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In the Experiential Education and Group Facilitation Minor, you’ll study leadership in recreation and leisure services. You’ll get hands-on experience as you work with groups and learn group facilitation techniques. Whether you want to work on a challenge course, lead group tours, or facilitate team building and outdoor adventures, this minor will help you develop the skills needed for success.

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Curriculum & Requirements

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.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • a minimum grade of ≥B is required for each course in the minor.
Required Courses
RCLS 220LEADERSHIP IN RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES3
RCLS 225GROUP FACILITATION TECHNIQUES4
RCLS 335CHALLENGE COURSE PRACTITIONER4
RCLS 355LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER2
RCLS 380THEORY AND PRACTICE OF EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION2
Total Credits15

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Challenge Course Practitioner Certification

Successful completion of the RCLS 335: Challenge Course Practitioner class leads to an EWU Challenge Course Practitioner Certification and qualifies a student to be eligible to work for the EWU WAMS Challenge Course Program (these are paid positions). Students are welcome to take this class on its own to earn the certification without completing the other course requirements for the minor.

Leave No Trace Trainer Certification

Students who successfully complete the RCLS 355: Leave No Trace Trainer course will become a Leave No Trace Trainer and will receive a completion certificate from the Leave No Trace Center. Students are welcome to take this class on its own to earn the certification without completing the other course requirements for the minor.

Careers in Experiential Education & Group Facilitation

With a minor in Experiential Education & Group Facilitation, you'll have the experience needed to work in a variety of settings.


Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Team Building

Challenge Course Facilitation