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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.

The EEA supports and contributes to both the day-to-day work effectiveness and the long-term development of NSEE members through a series of professional workshops leading to a Certificate of Achievement.  The program is designed for all practitioners, regardless of specific experiential application.  The set of workshops creates a common base of knowledge and competence for the field of experiential education and allows participants the flexibility to increase their expertise in their own particular interest areas.

The Goals of the Academy
  • To provide to NSEE members with a foundation in theory and practice of experiential education;
  • To support members so that their programs meet the principles of effective practices identified by NSEE;
  • To facilitate new member access to the expertise and knowledge of accomplished members;
  • To create opportunities for members to develop the knowledge, skills, and competence that will strengthen experiential education within their institutions.

For newcomers to the field, the Academy provides the opportunity to become well grounded in the foundations of experiential theory, principles, and practices.  For the mid-career to more accomplished practitioners, workshops are offered that probe ‘beyond the basics’ and delve into special topics. Issues of universal appeal such as legal issues in experiential education and assessment of learning, are also integral parts of the Academy.  Members recognized for their leadership and expertise in the content areas facilitate the workshops.  EEA workshops are offered prior to the NSEE annual conference and in regional institutes throughout the year.  

The Curriculum

To earn the EEA Certificate of Achievement, enrollees must complete a minimum of six Academy workshops, 5 of which must be from the following foundational workshops.

  • Assessment 101: Identifying, Understanding & Applying Outcomes Assessment in Experiential Learning
  • Fundamentals of Experiential Education
  • Legal Issues in Internships and Experiential Education
  • NSEE Principles of Ethical and Best Practice for Experiential Educators
  • Reflection: Making Experience Educative

Enrollees in the EEA must also complete at least one elective workshop, in addition to the foundation workshops.  A partial list of elective workshops follows:

  • Service-Learning: The Basics
  • Strengthening Experiential Education Within Your Institution
  • Teaching and Learning Experientially
  • Creating Quality Internships: Best Practices for Business, Government & Non-Profit Organizations
  • Strategic Planning for Effective Experiential Education Program Design
  • Student, Staff & Faculty Issues & Responses in Experiential Education
  • Building Research & Evaluation Capacity for Experiential Learning Programs
  • Special Topics in Experiential Education (topics vary)

Workshop Descriptions:

Foundation Workshops 

Elective Workshops


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. 


Click here for curriculum prior to 2010