The WEA Curriculum


The Wilderness Education Association has adopted a revised curriculum that synthesizes the WEA's historical 18 Point Curriculum to a curriculum based upon Six Educational Components. Each of the Six Educational Components have specific definitions that provide the structure for the specific outcomes in each component. True to the original WEA 18 Point Curriculum, Judgment is still the umbrella from which each of the components are assessed.

Clicking on each graphic below will bring you to the student learning outcomes as well as an annotated bibliography for each educational component. Select a component to learn more.

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Outdoor Leaders are often presented with decision-making challenges in an uncertain environment with limited information. Outdoor leaders must demonstrate judgment by effectively integrating educational components and situational variables to make and implement quality decisions. Accurate assessment and application of skills using judgment is the central quality of an effective outdoor leader.

The Six Educational Components:

The following categories delineate the professional educational component for the Wilderness Education Association's accredited programs offering Outdoor Leadership certificates, driven by the overarching concept of judgment. Click on an educational component to learn more:

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