At Montreat, you find focus. And in this program, we’re focused on developing leaders. Strong, Christ-centered outdoor educators who are equipped with historical and philosophical foundations, technical skills, and teaching expertise.
Outdoor Education major
Our Outdoor Education program utilizes class discussions and field experience to teach:
You’ll learn to teach adventure activities, team building, and environmental awareness in the context of an outdoor setting and from a biblical worldview. Our curriculum is designed to give you the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to both facilitate personal growth and interpret the natural environment.
And then we take it further. As a student, you’ll design, implement, and administer outdoor education programs that are safe, challenging, and enjoyable. Our professors assist with enthusiasm—they’re passionate about building relationships and will challenge you to be a reflective, well-rounded educator.
learn from outdoor professionals and seasoned faculty members – faculty have experience in the following organizations and areas: National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, American Mountain Guides Association, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, the North American Association for Environmental Education, Christian Adventure Association, Association for Experiential Education, Christian Camping International, Christian Camp and Conference Association, American Canoe Association and the Wilderness Education Association
develop outdoor living skills
gain valuable certifications in the outdoor field
opportunities to lead a variety of wilderness trips
take advanced programming classes in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing
learn how to use the outdoor environment as a classroom
Take part in the semester long Immersion program
obtain a vast knowledge of the environment, theories on education and leadership, as well as technical skills
learn to point others to Christ through the environment
live and study within miles of four major wilderness areas