Experiential Education – Academic university course

Experiential education as a concept is already several decades old, but has gained additional relevance through the social and professional developments of the last decade.

In the professional field, resilience research developed an understanding of the importance of self-efficacy experiences, which provides the transfer theme of experiential education with new arguments. In addition, results from brain research support basic assumptions about the effectiveness of experiential education settings. In the meantime, there are also elaborated concepts for non-formal learning that reformulate and better substantiate the old "learning by doing". The concept of competence, developed especially in the EU context, as a combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions replaces the division into knowledge and skills on the one hand and values and actions on the other.

This makes it possible to sharpen experiential education as an independent concept and to distinguish it more clearly from leisure education and play education.

The start of the university course is planned for the summer semester 2023. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Continuing education relevant to practice

The target group of the university course in experiential education are primarily employees from the areas of kindergarten, school, extracurricular educational work, open child and youth work, child and youth welfare, but also from adult social work, from the areas of equal opportunities and diversity with a corresponding bachelor's degree or a relevant qualification.

 

Info & Contact

Your contact person

For questions about the study contact:

 

Mag.a (FH) Daniela Pluch
Administration & Management CUAS Academy

+43 5 90500 4312
d.pluch@fh-kaernten.at

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

ECTS Credits
60

Training costs
€ 2.250,- per semester (10% discount for students and graduates of the FH Kärnten)

plus preparation module in the amount of € 99,- bookable at Freinatur

ÖH-Beitrag
€ 22,70 / Semester

Academic degree
Academic Experiential Educator

 

Duration of study
2 semesters with 444 course hours

 

Form of organization
part-time (block courses from Thursday to Saturday and Friday to Sunday)

 

Language of instruction
German

 

Termine

Start of next year: Spring 2024 (depending on a sufficient number of participants)
Application deadline: 31.12.2023

Prerequisite for participation: completion of the preparatory seminar from November 17 - 19, 2023 at Freinatur Steiermark. Further information: Trainings - Freinatur Steiermark (freinatur-steiermark.at).

Visit our next online info events:

  • September 21, 2023, 7:00 pm, online via MS Teams:
    Please register by mail, indicating the date: d.pluch@fh-kaernten.at
  • October 13, 2023: experiential education event at Freinatur's seminar farm: details to follow!

Experiential Education - Aim & Content

The university course "Experiential Education" updates the existing professional concept and combines it with current professional and social developments to create an innovative model. Graduates are qualified to design experiential education settings on the basis of reflected self-awareness and to plan, implement and evaluate projects based on these settings. In addition, the further development of the concept of experiential education, its substantiation with scientific theories and thus its representation in the professional context are further goals of this university course.

Prerequisites for Participation:

The following prerequisites must be met in order to participate in the university course in experiential education:

  • Completed Bachelor's degree or
  • Professional qualifications amounting to at least 1,500 hours of training (e.g. diploma in social care or specialist social care, diploma in nursing, youth social workers, youth workers, physiotherapists, social workers, etc.) or
  • Relevant professional experience of at least 3,000 hours or 2 years on a full-time basis.

Organization & Dates

Start of next year: Spring 2024 (depending on a sufficient number of participants)
Application deadline: 31.12.2023

 

Prerequisite for participation is the completion of the preparatory seminar from November 17 to 19, 2023 at Freinatur Steiermark. For more information please follow this link: Ausbildungen - Freinatur Steiermark (freinatur-steiermark.at)

Attend our upcoming online info events:
  • June 15, 2023, 7:00pm, Online via MS Teams: please register via Eventbrite here.
  • September 21, 2023, 7:00 p.m., online via MS Teams: please register via mail, specifying the date: d.pluch@fh-kaernten.at
  • October 13, 2023: experiential education event at Freinatur's seminar farm: details to follow!
     

The university course in experiential education comprises two semesters and is organized on a part-time basis. Weekend blocks enable the combination of study and work.

DatesLV designation

17.11 - 19.11.2023

Preparatory seminar

07.03. - 09.03.2024

Outdoor Seminar 1 - Alpine Experiential Education 1

11.04. - 13.04.2024

Theoretical foundations
Legal basis

23.05. - 25.05.2024

Nonformal learning
Ecology and ethics

13.06. - 16.06.2024

Outdoor seminar 4 - experiential education on the river

27.06. - 29.06.2024

Supervision 1

self-organized working group meetings

Peergroup 1

DatesLV designation

26.09. - 28.09.2024

Social group work

18.10. - 20.10.2024

Outdoorseminar 3 - Wilderness education and survival training

14.11. - 16.11.2024

Project Management

12.12. - 14.12.2024

Project: planning, implementation, evaluation

17. 01 - 19.01 2025

Outdoor Seminar 2 Alpine Experiential Education 2

30.01. - 01.02.2025

Supervision 2

self-organized working group meetings

Peergroup 2

February 2025

Project report incl. final examination

Bewerbung - Erlebnispädagogik

Entrance Requirements:

In order to participate the university course in experiential education, the following requirements must be met:
  • Completed Bachelor's degree or
  • Professional qualifications amounting to at least 1500 hours of training (e.g. diploma in social care or specialist social care, diploma in nursing, youth social worker, youth worker, social worker, physiotherapist, etc.) or
  • relevant professional experience of at least 3000 hours or 2 years on a full-time basis
  • Completion of the preparatory seminar from 17 to 19 November 2023 at Freinatur Steiermark: Ausbildungen - Freinatur Steiermark (freinatur-steiermark.at)

 

For an application we need:

  • Meaningful letter of motivation
  • Application form
  • Current curriculum vitae with photo
  • Proof of admission requirements or professional training
  • If applicable, admission interview to determine suitability

Team

Mag. Eva Maria Stefaner, BA
International Coordinator for Outgoing Exchange Students

+43 5 90500 7042
e.stefaner[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach

Mag.a (FH) Daniela Pluch
Administration & Management CUAS Academy

+43 5 90500 4312
d.pluch@fh-kaernten.at

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Mag.a Alexandra Liegl 
Head of CUAS Academy

+43 5 90500 4311
a.liegl[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Dipl. Soz. Elisabeth Tauss, MA
Freinatur Steiermark

+43 (0) 676 68 16 002
office[at]freinatur[dot]com