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Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy

Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Beth VanDerveer
Associate Professor, Chair  
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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

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Outdoor Recreation and Education  

The Outdoor Recreation and Education major, you can expect to make an investment in your learning by committing time and resources. Traditional classroom learning is combined with field-based experiential learning to make a well-rounded education. Weekend trips are an important aspect of this program, since not all your learning will be done in the classroom. Courses in rock climbing, whitewater paddling, backpacking, caving, and wilderness survival will be both physically & intellectually demanding. These classes challenge you to balance technical skills with interpersonal development, and theoretical as well as historical concepts of outdoor recreation and education.

Patton College of Education

The Patton College of Education has been a proud pillar of Ohio University since 1886, when it became the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. Today, the college has grown to include undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to careers in teaching, counseling, and public school and higher education administration.

Learning is at the heart of all we do in The Patton College of Education, but our mission is about more than just providing an education. The Patton College of Education strives to be an equitable, effective, and interactive learning community that makes a difference to education and human development through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service. We seek answers to questions about how people learn and what they should know and be able to do as students, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

The Patton College of Education's teacher and administrator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Counselor education programs in the college are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.