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Course Progression OAL Flexible Learning

This is the typical course progression for students in the flexible or self paced learning format, aiming to complete the OAL degree in three years.

Year 1

Fall 2022 (8 credits)

  • MML 512 Leadership and Spiritual Formation (4) 8.30-noon Wednesdays
  • OAL 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4) – 11/1-10

Spring 2023 (8-12 Credits)

  • MML 503 Cultural Engagement (2)
  • OAL 518 Research Methods for Ministry (2)
  • OAL 663 Organizational Leadership and Staff Development (4)

Optional 0-4 additional credits selected from:

  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.

Summer 2023 (0-4Credits)

Optional 0-4 additional credits selected from:

  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.

Year 2

Fall 2023 (6-12 Credits)

  • OAL 549 Program Philosophy and Planning (4)
  • OAL 595 Foundations of Experiential Education (2)

Optional 0-4 additional credits selected from:

  • OAL 664 Wilderness Programming and Leadership (4)
  • OAL 694 Camp Ministry in Global Contexts (2)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.

Spring 2024 (0-12 Credits)

  • OAL 534 Care and Counsel in Ministry (2)
  • OAL Final Project (OAL 692 Creative Project or OAL 698 Thesis/Applied Thesis (2)

Optional 0-4 additional credits selected from:

  • OAL 665 Wilderness Program Management (4)
  • OAL 694 Temporary Communities and the Church (2)
  • OAL 694 Gap Year Programming (2)
  • OAL 694 Advanced LEadership Seminar (2-4 )
  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.

Summer 2024 (0-4 credits)

Optional 0-4 additional credits selected from:

  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval

Year 3

Fall 2024 (2-8 credits)

  • OAL 699 Final Project Continuation (0)

Optional 0-8 additional credits selected from:

  • OAL 664 Wilderness Programming and Leadership (4)
  • OAL 694 Camp Ministry in Global Contexts (2)
  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.

Spring 2025 (2-8 Credits)

  • OAL 682 Integrative Seminar (2)
  • OAL 699 Final Project Continuation (0)

Optional 0-6 additional credits selected from:

  • OAL 665 Wilderness Program Management (4)
  • OAL 694 Gap Year Programming (2)
  • OAL 694 Temporary Communities and the Church (2)
  • OAL 694 Advanced Leadership Seminar (2-4)
  • BITH 565/566/576 Biblical or Theological Studies course (4)
  • Other courses in Wheaton College Graduate School with Advisor’s approval.