Outdoor Education & Leadership Emphasis
The Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Outdoor Education & Leadership (OEL) emphasis area program prepares professionals for rewarding positions in the outdoor field. We promote experiential education and real-life challenges which teach students to plan, organize and facilitate backcountry programs to meet the needs of an ever changing population.
Students will finish the program with a Wilderness First Responder Certification from the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI); a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and an Outdoor Education & Leadership Certificate from NAU.
The OEL PRM Emphasis Area Program Block Semester classes include:
NOTE: Additional coursework outside of these listed courses during the semester block are NOT ADVISED. Exceptions to this may be requested through advisement once your application has been approved. Examples of possible exceptions could include: Concurrent enrollment in PRM 216 or other 1st 8 week courses than do not conflict with block field time during the second 8 weeks.
- PRM 352 – Experiential Learning
- PRM 431 – Outdoor Leadership Certification II
- NOTE: PRM 431 has a 17 – day field-based component requiring a $400 course fee. This fee will be collected by the Bursar’s Office at time of registration.
- PRM 452 – Outdoor Program Administration
- PRM 411 – Leave No Trace Master Educator
- NOTE: PRM 411 has a $250 NOLS/LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics certification fee. This fee will be collected by the Bursar’s Office at time of registration
In order to be admitted to the OEL PRM Emphasis Area Program you must complete the following pre-requisites & online application form:
- Registering as a PRM major in Louie.
- Declaring the Outdoor Education & Leadership Emphasis area in Louie.
Class pre-requisite requirements with a grade of "C" or better:
- PRM 331 – Outdoor Leadership Certification I
- Or similar coursework such as: NOLS, Outward Bound, or Wilderness Education Association course with instructor approval.
- PRM 216 – Wilderness First Responder medical certification
- Or higher medical certifications such as: WEMT, EMT or OEC with instructor approval.
Please take the time to fully complete this application in a highly detailed manner, as your responses will be used within a point matrix to aid in determining your potential for being accepted into the OEL Spring Block session.
*The PRM OEL program operates under special use permit by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) United States Forest Service (USFS): Kaibab NF, Tonto NF, Gila NF, and Coconino NF.