Bachelor of Outdoor Education
Course code/s: EBOEB
|Course Coordinator||Sean Murray|
|Available to International students||Yes|
|Course duration||3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent|
|Exchange opportunity||Yes – one semester only, during year 2|
|Leave of absence available||Yes, for a maximum of 12 months and only permitted in years 1 or 2|
Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Outdoor education is the study of the relationships humans have with nature through outdoor experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on environmental knowledge and gaining practical experience. The academic perspective centres on how knowledge is shaped by new environments and how the environment, in turn, is shaped by our thoughts and practices. The theoretical aspects of the program include environmental studies and outdoor education concepts drawn from psychology, education, eco-psychology, environmental ethics and eco-philosophy.
The course offers two choices of major study sequence.
Outdoor education major
This major is designed for motivated students who seek careers in outdoor education, adventure guiding, environmental education, sustainability education, eco-tourism or related fields. Elective fieldwork subjects include: bush environments, water environments, winter alpine environments, rock environments, and naturalist studies. You will undertake at least 140 days of practical experience. Graduates from the course are employed by schools, at camps, in outdoor travel and by commercial outdoor companies.
Educational nature tourism major
This major involves the study of natural environments, the practice of nature guiding, environmental interpretation, land management and outdoor and field naturalist practice. You will undertake at least 80 days of practical work and you will also take elective studies from other disciplines. Graduates may gain work as nature guides and planners in the nature tourism industry, land management agencies and in other settings such as school camps and nature centres.
When combined with a Master of Teaching all majors can lead to a teaching qualification. Graduates may also go on to the Bachelor of Arts Honours (Outdoor Education), and/or to Masters and Doctoral study.
Applicants must satisfy the University's normal entrance requirements, including a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 of English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
You should ensure you are aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. Students with a disability, medical condition or any concerns which may affect potential participation in some of the practical components of the course are invited to discuss their options with the course coordinator.
The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.
The course consists of 360 credit points of study (3 years full-time or equivalent part-time). Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.
Commencing students must select their Major at enrolment.
To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here:
- Bachelor of Outdoor Education (EBOEB - Bendigo), Outdoor Education Major 2018 [PDF 93 KB]
- Bachelor of Outdoor Education (EBOEB - Bendigo), Educational Nature Tourism Major 2018 [PDF 92 KB]
Note: LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
Outdoor education major
Educational nature tourism Major
|OED2BE (S1) Bush Environments|
|OED2R (S1) Rock Environments|
|OED2RE (S2) River Environments (White Water)|
|OED2WAE (S2) Winter Alpine Environments|
Teaching environment electives
|OED3TBE (S1) Teaching in Bush Environments|
|OED3TR (S1) Teaching in Rock Environments|
|OED3TRE (S1) Teaching in River Environments (Flat Water)|
|OED3TRM (S2) Teaching in River Environments (White Water)|
|OED3TWA (S2) Teaching in Winter Alpine Environments|
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2
Teaching periods are provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to the Subject Search guide for further details.