Master of Outdoor Education


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Programme Description

Master of Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education courses in the School of Health Sciences aim to provide essential knowledge, practical skills and leadership qualities to individuals who want to teach in schools or Outdoor Education centres. Professionals in this field need to have the skills to design appropriate, needs-based and enjoyable programs to which clients are committed. They need to blend practical outdoor skills, evaluate needs, design and plan and implement safe Outdoor Education programs.

The philosophical approach of the Master of Outdoor Education program at Notre Dame includes a strong commitment to best practice in achieving a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and its relationship with the outdoors. Students will gain experiences in a range of outdoor activities as determined by accreditation in the National Outdoor Leadership Registration Scheme (NOLRS).

Mode of Study & Assessment

The program is available in part-time or full-time mode.

Most units are offered in a block, intensive mode throughout the year covering some weekends, and blocks in the April, July and October school holidays.

The assessment of competency in each unit consists of tutorial performance, a number of assignments or projects during the semester and a final examination.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this course are diverse and included the following job areas.

  • Outdoor Education teacher
  • Outdoor Education leader in community programs and the adventure tourism industry

Admission Requirements

The graduate programs in Outdoor Education are designed specifically for teachers who want to develop their professional training in Outdoor Education. Qualified teachers from any specialty can apply for the graduate program. Teachers will become qualified senior teachers in Outdoor Education to lead the outdoor education programs within schools and to teach post-compulsory Outdoor Education Studies. Some students may wish to work with individuals in community-based adventure programs and as part of adventure tourism ventures for all ages.

Those without education qualifications would need to complete a one-year postgraduate Diploma in Education to become qualified for Health and Physical Education teaching if they choose to do so at the end of their course.

The course is designed to provide advanced standing on the application.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 700 ... Read More

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 7000 students enrolled on its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome. The University’s founding partner was the University of Notre Dame in the United States (NDUS), one of the world’s great Catholic universities and the benchmark for UNDA. It has provided UNDA with inspiration; counsel; ideas and models; ‘study abroad’ students and faculty; and the presence of its leaders on its Boards and governing councils. Notre Dame Australia is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America. It has sought to be a university which specialises in the excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood. The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia. Notre Dame is a medium size, a private university which receives public funding in a number of areas. A significant number of students have spots in the health and education fields funded by the Australian Government. It is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, students receive a personalised, high-quality education in a caring and friendly learning environment. About 10 percent of its student body is international. The University aims to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates who are much in demand from Australian employers. The University’s three campuses, in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome are strikingly beautiful and very convenient. They provide an ideal setting for a first-class undergraduate university experience. Read Less
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