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January 2018

Master's in Experiential Education alum and artist extraordinaire, Daniel Cape, has authored a stellar book, From Experience to Creativity: The Experiential Educator's Incomplete Guide to Creativity.  Dan believes that creativity is a universal human trait that can be intentionally developed and taught. Simply learning about creativity and applying the concepts presented can make readers more creative and adaptable to a quickly-changing world. From Experience to Creativity explains the various levels of creativity, place creativity into the context of the field of experiential education, provides simple methods of incorporating creativity into the lives of readers and participants, offers structured processes of promoting and using creativity, and finally, it contains a case study of Kurt Hahn that explores his creative nature.  This is a book you will want to add to your personal library!  

November 2017

The Master's in Experiential Education will once again host a booth in the exhibit hall at the International Association of Experiential Education Conference, to be held in Montreal this year, November 9-11, 2017.  MS in ExEd alumni have a long and strong relationship with AEE  as members, conference presenters, award recipients, and leadership members. Swing by and see us if you are there! 

September 2017

Master's in Experiential Education alumnus, Katie Madden, and professor Julie Carlson conquered Mt. Katahdin together in Maine in August 2017, along with other friends from around the country.  This was a return trip after a summit attempt two years earlier that was halted due to deteriorating weather.  This year's trip started in mid-40 degree temperatures and strong winds, but the group prevailed and enjoyed an amazing view from the top. Thanks to Katie for her friendship, encouragement, and readiness for medical care if needed!

April 2017

4th Annual Leading Courageously for Racial Equity Conference

Come join us! The Dept. of Educational4th Annual LCRE Conference
Leadership is hosting the 4th Annual Leading Courageously for Racial Equity Conference at 7700 France Ave. April 13, 2017. Learn more about it here:



February 2017

EXED Coming to Edina Summer 2017!
[Posted 02/27/2017]

The Master of Science in Experiential Education program is coming to Edina in Summer 2017!  Experiential ways of knowing and learning are increasingly being recognized and implemented in our nation's schools and organizations as relevant for ALL learners. Experiential Education utilizes multi-modal approaches to learning, teaching, and leading that integrate direct experience with focused reflection for developing new knowledge, relevant life skills, critical thinking, and respectable dispositions & values.  Experiential education today has countless expressions such as project-based, service-based, problem/inquiry-based, place-based, adventure-based, and nature-based learning. 

The MS in Experiential Education program will be offered on a blended basis beginning this coming Summer 2017, with hopes to increase offerings in the future.  In brief, one MS in Experiential Education course will be paired with one MS in Educational Leadership course on the same dates so that people can complete a blended program that combines the two disciplines.  Whether you are in the MS in Educational Leadership or Experiential Education program, you can choose among the EdLd or ExEd elective courses that will be offered each semester, chosen in agreement with your advisor.

Watch our video and find out more about options for the MS in Experiential Education program at the main campus AND SOON also at the Edina satellite site on our website:

December 2016

EXED Student Research Presentation
[posted 12/14/2016]

Congratulations to Laura Bermúdez Jurado, Experiential Education graduate student, for presenting her research on bullying prevention at the Association for Moral Education Conference on Dec. 8.  The conference was held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Her paper was titled, "Promotion of Social Skills, Moral Development and Self-knowledge as Means to Prevent Bullying”.

 Laura Bermúdez Jurado, EXED graduate student


November 2016

The New Weeknight Master’s Degree in Edina!
[updated 12/14/2016]

The Thursday night course offerings for Master's students are delayed until further notice.


October 2016

Experiential Education program sponsors AEE conference in Minneapolis
[posted 7/20/2016]

The department’s Experiential Education Master of Science program is the keynote sponsor for the 2016 International Association of Experiential Education Conference in Minneapolis Oct. 27-30.  AEE’s keynote speaker will be Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle”.  Learn more here:


May 2016:

New article published in Experiential Education [5/23/2016]

Faculty member Jasper Hunt teams up with Experiential Education alumni Carrie Nolan, Paul Stonehouse and Sean Blenkinsop to co-author an intriguing article in the Journal of Experiential Education: The Lecture as Experiential Education:

T.A. Loeffler on Mt. Everest

Climb Mt. Everest vicariously!  Trek virtually alongside T.A. Loeffler, an alum from our Master's in Experiential Education program by signing up for her daily blogs as she attempts her third ascent of Mt. Everest this month:

 Loeffler1  Loeffler2  Everest


 Dr. Wurdinger's lecture in Edinburgh on May 12, 2016

Wurdinger-Edinburgh lecture


 April 2016

LCRECome join us! The Dept. of Educational Leadership is hosting the 3rd annual Leading Courageously for Racial Equity Conference at 7700 France Ave. April 21, 2016. Learn more about it here:






  March 2016

Dr. Scott Wurdinger's presentation "The Power of Experiential Learning: From Discussion to Field Experience" at Sun Conference:


Faculty member Julie Carlson will be presenting and representing the MS in Experiential Education program in March at the AEE Heartland Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and again in April at the Allen Symposium hosted by the Recreation Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.