Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Explore the natural beauty of Northern Ontario while earning your degree.

This program focuses on outdoor leadership, guiding and instructing in various environments including remote outdoor locations.

 

Students in the program will partake in some of the foremost and longest running outdoor adventure leadership training in Canada and have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and earn provincially or nationally recognized technical certifications in outdoor activities, such as canoe tripping, river rescue, sea kayaking, rock climbing and wilderness emergency first aid.

You will be given the chance to either enrol in a 400-hour internship or lead a three-week international expedition out of North America or do an undergraduate thesis.

The learnings, techniques and theories of leadership, practised in the outdoors, are easily transferable to any other context. Industries today are constantly requiring quality leadership; the adventure leadership discipline understands this and creates the opportunities for their students to be successful wherever they may end up after graduation. Students are well-rounded in their experiences and market ready (and driven) upon graduation. Self-motivated and passionate students will excel in this program which offers many student-directed, and hands-on experiences.

Academic Advisor

Jim Little

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 1205

Email: jlittle@laurentian.ca

How to Apply
Laurentian University aerial view
By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.
Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Interesting Facts:

  • Small and interactive class sizes for many courses; many courses have less than 30 students.

  • Many practical/experiential courses (Wilderness Outdoor Living Skills, Canoe Tripping, Rock Climbing and Rescue to name a few).

  • Third-year intensive field camp experience with an opportunity for international travel and expedition. Current third-year students (2017) are embarking on a mountaineering expedition to Mongolia and incorporating a humanitarian outreach program.

  • Opportunity to obtain several internationally recognized certifications (Wilderness First Responder, River Rescue, Canoeing, Rock Climbing etc.).

Outdoor Adventure Leadership is a limited enrolment program.

 

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 U Biology or Exercise Science

4 other grade 12 U/M courses

A minimum overall average of 75% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

 

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Outdoor Adventure Leadership (126 credits)

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements.

This program focuses on outdoor leadership, guiding, and instructing in various environments including remote locations. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and provincially or nationally recognized technical certifications in outdoor activities, such as canoe tripping, white water, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and wilderness emergency first response.

Program of Study

First Year

   PHED 1006E        Exercise Science, Wellness and Health

   PHED 1099E        Outdoor School I

   PHED 1106E        Human Movement

   PHED 1198E        Professional Development Seminar

   PHED 1206E        Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport

   PHED 1506E        Anatomy and Kinesiology I

   PHED 1507E        Anatomy and Kinesiology II

   PSYC 1105E        Introduction to Psychology

   6 credits of INDG

   3 credits of any theory elective

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who began before September 2015 should also take the following seminars:

            EDUC 0000E – Orientation to Teaching

            EDUC 0100E – Ontario College of Teachers

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who began on or after September 2015 should also take the following seminars:

             EDUC 0010 EL Orientation to Teaching
             EDUC 0110 EL Ontario College of Teachers
             EDUC 1016 EL Introduction to Teaching & Learning
             EDUC 1024 EL Social and Legal Issues In Education
             EDUC 1046 EL Indigenous Ways of Learning (elective)

 

Note:  In order to advance to the second year of the program, students must provide a photocopy of a current certificate in CPR (level C) and First Aid before February 28.

 

Second Year

   PHED 2109E        Wilderness Camping

   PHED 2198E        Professional Development Seminar

   PHED 2259E        Minor Games

   PHED 2329E        Cross-Country Skiing

   PHED 2406E        Outdoor Education

   PHED 2506E        Physiology I

   PHED 2507E        Physiology II

   PHED 3615E        Wilderness Emergency Management

   Any 6 credits of BIOL (except 1700, 2105 or 2701)

   3 credits theory electives

Late summer session (4.5 credits before the start of classes)

   PHED 2099E         Outdoor School 2

   PHED 2149E        Introduction to Outdoor Living Skills

   PHED 2159E        Canoe Tripping Leadership

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who started before September 2015 should include EDUC 2006E – Education and Schooling as 3 of their elective credits. In addition, they should also take the following:

                    EDUC 0150E        Pre-Practicum Placement I

                    EDUC 0301E        Safe Classroom

                    EDUC 0302E        Safety and Discipline

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who started on of after September 2015 should include the following:

                     EDUC 0180 EL PPP1
                     EDUC 0210 EL Safe Classrooms
                     EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations
                     EDUC 2006 EL Education & Schooling
                     EDUC 3026 EL Math Content for Teachers

 

Third Year

   PHED 2606E        Adventure Leadership

   PHED 3049E        Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum

   PHED 3116E        Expedition Planning

   PHED 3126E        Physiology of Exercise

   PHED 3198E        Professional Development Seminar

   PHED 3236E        Outdoor Facilitation and Team Building

   PHED 3905E        Outdoor Adventure Leadership Internship

   PHED 4209E        Winter Camping

   PHED 4446E        Risk Management in Outdoor Environments

   PHED 4507E        Nutrition

   3 credits theory electives

 

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who started before September 2015 should include EDUC 3006 – Education Psychology/Special Education as their non-PHED theory elective. In addition, they should also take the following:

                    EDUC 0250E        Pre-Practicum Placement II

                    EDUC 0300E        Teacher Federations

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students who started on or after September 2015 should include the following:

                    EDUC 0280 EL PPP2
                     EDUC 0320 EL Introduction to Federations
                     EDUC 0330 EL Safety and Discipline
                     EDUC 3006 EL Educational Psychology/Special Education
                     EDUC 3036 EL Current Issues in Education 1
                     EDUC 3096 EL Education and Schooling: The Historical and Social Context of Ontario Catholic Schools (cycled) (elective)

 

Spring Session

   PHED 3029E        Climbing and Rescue Management

   PHED 4009E        White Water Canoeing

   PHED 4079E        Outdoor Adventure Pursuits

   PHED 4116E        Advanced Outdoor Expedition

   PHED 4149E        River Rescue

 

Fourth Year

   PHED 3129E        Expedition Leadership Practicum

   PHED 4199E        ADVL Senior Seminar

   PHED 4447E        Recreational to Therapeutic Adventure

   1.5 credit PHED activity course

   15 credits theory electives

 

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students starting before September 2015 should include:

                        EDUC 0350E        Pre-Practicum Placement III

                        EDUC 0200E        Ministry of Education

                        EDUC 0303E        Collective Bargaining

                        EDUC 3004E        Preparation for the Initial Practicum (includes a 4 week Practicum Placement in May)

Note:    Concurrent B.Ed. students starting on or after September 2015 should include:

                        EDUC 0340 EL Collective Bargaining Workshop
                         EDUC 0380 EL PPP3
                         EDUC 3037 EL Current Issues in Education 2
                         EDUC XXXX EL Special Topics (offered intermittently) (elective)
                         EDUC 3014 EL Initial Practicum Preparation
                         EDUC 3104 EL Initial Practicum

 

Academic Regulations


To be in good academic standing in the School of Human Kinetics, the student must:
 1) satisfy all conditions of admission;
 2) not fail more than 3 credits in an academic year or in the previous 30 credits;
 3) maintain a cumulative overall average of at least 4.0 on all courses taken.
 A student who fails to attain good academic standing may be allowed to continue on probation for no more than one year (or 30 credits). If after one probationary period, the student does attain good academic standing, he or she may proceed in program.  However, if after the probationary period, the student fails to attain good academic standing, he or she must withdraw from the School of Human Kinetics, but may apply to transfer to another program at the university.
 A student who fails over 6 credits in the 1st-year of program may not proceed to upper year PHED courses.
 After one calendar year, a student who has been asked to withdraw from the program may petition the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards for readmission, but such measures should have the recommendation of the academic unit before being considered by the Senate Committee.

Year:

PHED-1006EL - Exercise Science, Wellness and Health PHED-1099EL - Outdoor School I PHED-1106EL - Human Movement PHED-1198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-1206EL - Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport PHED-1506EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology I PHED-1507EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology II PSYC-1105EL - Introduction to Psychology PHED-2099EL - Outdoor School II PHED-2109EL - Wilderness Camping PHED-2149EL - Introduction to Outdoor Living Skills PHED-2159EL - Canoe Tripping Leadership PHED-2198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-2259EL - Minor Games PHED-2329EL - Cross-Country Skiing PHED-2406EL - Introduction to Outdoor Education PHED-2506EL - Physiology I PHED-2507EL - Physiology II
PHED-3615EL - Wilderness Emergency Management PHED-2606EL - Adventure Leadership PHED-3029EL - Climbing and Rescue Management PHED-3049EL - Outdoor Adventure Leadership Practicum PHED-3116EL - Expedition Planning PHED-3126EL - Physiology of Exercise PHED-3198EL - Professional Development Seminar PHED-3236EL - Outdoor Facilitation and Team Building PHED-3905EL - Outddor Adventure Leadership Internship PHED-4009EL - White Water Canoing PHED-4116EL - Advanced Outdoor Expedition PHED-4149EL - River Rescue PHED-4209EL - Winter Camping PHED-4446EL - Risk Management in Outdoor Environments PHED-4507EL - Nutrition PHED-3129EL - Expedition Leadership Practicum PHED-4199EL - ADVL Senior Seminar PHED-4447EL - Recreational to Therapeutic Adventure
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