Standards for private organizations

2021 Edition

Experiential Education Supplement Definition

Purpose

Experiential Education provides safe, activity-based opportunities for learning and reflection that support the achievement of identified program outcomes.

Definition

The Experiential Education Supplement applies when an organization conducts experiential activities such as hiking, ropes courses, or horseback riding as part of any COA accredited service other than Wilderness and Adventure-Based Therapeutic Outdoor Services. Activities are designed to support the achievement of treatment or service objectives through direct experience and focused reflection.

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Note: Supplemental, experiential activities that are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) or American Camp Association (ACA) are exempt from this section.

Note: Please see EES Activities Table for additional guidance on this standard. 

Note: Please see EES Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.

Note: For information about changes made in the 2020 Edition, please see the EES Crosswalk.