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Experiential Education Academy (EEA)

A key component of NSEE’s mission is to enhance the professional development of its members. Another component of the mission is to be the national leader in advancing experiential education as a field and a profession. To accomplish both aspects of this mission, NSEE created the Experiential Education Academy, often referred to as the EEA or the Academy.

Since its inception, several hundred faculty and staff from dozens of higher education institutions have been completed the EEA certification. 

Goals of the EEA: 

  • To provide to NSEE members with a foundation in theory and practice of experiential education
  • To facilitate member access to the expertise and knowledge of other members
  • To support members as they assess their institutional experiential programs to ensure that they meet the Principles of Effective Practice.
  • To create opportunities for members to develop the knowledge, skills, and competence that will strengthen experiential education within their institutions.

The Curriculum

NSEE's signature professional development series has recently undergone significant exiting revisions.  This new curriculum maintains its grounding in theory with effective practical application to real world environments while adding significantly more active learning during sessions and a variety of workshop modalities.  The new flow of the EEA includes a recommended sequence of workshops such that later learning outcomes and content are built upon earlier content.

Required Sessions (in recommended order):

  1. Fundamentals of Experiential Education
  2. Principles of Ethical Practice
  3. Reflection
  4. Assessment
  5. Legal Issues 

Optional Sessions (choose 1):

  1. Teaching & Learning Experientially
  2. Developing a Quality Internship Program
  3. Service-Learning
  4. Strengthening EE at Your Institution
  5. Strategic Planning for Experiential Program Design

Benefits to Experiential Education Practitioners:

  • Newcomers to the field gain a foundation in experiential education
  • Mid-career practitioners can probe beyond the basics by delving into special topics
  • All practitioners can benefit from the most current trends in issues affecting all aspects of experiential education, such as assessment and legal issues.
  • All practitioners can benefit from the community of scholars and practitioners focused on all aspects of experiential education who gather under the NSEE umbrella.

 

Benefits to the Organizations:

 

The NSEE Experiential Education Academy is an ideal catalyst for institutional transformation towards a culture that highly values experiential learning and seeks to strengthen experiential education across the institution.  In fact, the EEA has been delivered as a key piece of several institutions' accreditation plans, such as QEP for colleges and universities in the Southeast.

 

How to Sign Up (Individuals):


Presently, EEA Workshops are offered each year as part of the pre-conference offerings. In addition, regional workshops hosted by institutional partners may also be open to individual participants. In the future, there will be online options for some of the sessions.

How to bring the EEA to your Institution or Region:

You may wish to consider becoming an institutional partner to NSEE and bring the EEA to your campus or region. For more information, contact Dr. Marianna Savoca at 631-632-9856 or Marianna.savoca@stonybrook.edu



Workshop Descriptions:

Foundation Workshops 

Elective Workshops

HOW TO APPLY:

NSEE members who wish to participate in the Academy must submit an application of interest to NSEE. Once done, they are registered in the Academy.  There is no fee attached to this application.  Please click here to download the application.

All experiential education professionals are invited to explore the possibilities afforded by the Academy.  Information is available at here or by contacting NSEE directly at 856-423-3427, or by email at nsee@talley.com.

If you are interested in becoming an EEA instructor, please click here to download the application. 

Graduates

Click here for curriculum prior to 2010

EEA Curriculum:

 

NSEE’s signature professional development series has recently undergone significant exciting revisions. This new curriculum maintains its grounding in theory with effective practical application to real world environments while adding significantly more active learning during sessions and a variety of workshop modalities. The new flow of the EEA includes a recommended sequence of workshops such that later learning outcomes and content are built upon earlier content.