Tyler Junior College

Health and Kinesiology

Field Studies

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
~Mark Twain


Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park

The philosophy of outdoor education at Tyler Junior College is to convey to the student the knowledge and skills necessary to safely enjoy a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and to include such activities as a part of a healthy and active lifestyle. A second objective is a focus on providing experiences that facilitate opportunities for our students to learn about themselves and how to work cooperatively within a group to accomplish common goals. Our third goal is to never forget that learning can and should be fun. Johan Huizinga said that "the concept of play..... is of a higher order than seriousness, for seriousness seeks to exclude play, whereas play can very well include seriousness ”and we wholeheartedly agree! These three ideals provide the basis for the design of our classes.

Davis Mountains

Davis Mountains

Our courses are based on experience-based learning models and taught in a format that recognizes that safety is paramount! It is our belief that by utilizing adventure activities to accomplish these objectives, we may enhance self-esteem through challenge and success, while also providing an inspiration for a sense of discovery, and a passion for learning.


The open road from Tyler to the Texas / New Mexico border….and points in between will become both home and classroom for TJC students who enroll in the Department of Health and Kinesiology Outdoor Education Field Studies classes this coming Maymester. Students will travel by caravan, car camping in state and national parks along our route while seeking adventure activities and acquiring a competence in basic camping skills and an understanding of what it means to rely on oneself, one another, and our collective resourcefulness. We plan to snorkel in the desert and ski the west Texas powder! Students will Students will receive 4 hours of college credit in KINE 1328-600/CRN:29044 -Introduction to Outdoor Education (3 credit hrs)  and KINE 1143-600/CRN:29045- Outdoor Adventure Programs (1 credit hr). We will meet on campus and online prior to our road-trip in preparation for our adventure.

Monohans State Park

Monohans State Park

Additional Information: Field Studies Registration

  • Enrollment is limited and is conducted on a first-come, first serve basis.
  • Students must have instructor approval prior to enrolling.
  • Students must be admitted to Tyler Junior College.
  • All students will be required to complete a Medical History Form, Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Claims Form in order to participate in these courses.
  • Students must enroll in BOTH courses.
  • Tyler Junior College gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission, employment and participation in its programs and activities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.


  • Tuition and Fees will vary dependent on residential (i.e. in-district, out-of-district, etc…) but will reflect enrollment in both (1) hour courses.
  • In addition to normal tuition and fees there is an additional $150.00 field experience fee to cover transportation costs and other related expenses while en route and/or on location.
  • *Fees cover the cost of most specialized equipment, transportation, camping and lodging fees and food while on location in the field.

Tuition and Fees

TJC Residents In-District Costs:

  • Tuition, Fees, and Surcharges $ 281.00
  • Lab Fees $25.00
  • Distance Ed Fee - $15.00
  • Field Experience Fee $150.00
  • TOTAL $471.00

(Texas Residents) Out of District Costs:

  • Tuition, Fees, and Surcharges $ 445.00
  • Lab Fees $25.00
  • Distance Ed Fee - $15.00
  • Field Experience Fee $150.00
  • TOTAL $635.00

NON-TX Resident/Out-Of-State Costs:

  • Tuition, Fees, and Surcharges $ 525.00
  • Lab Fees $25.00
  • Distance Ed Fee - $15.00
  • Field Experience Fee $150.00
  • TOTAL $715.00

Tentative Course Schedule:

  • May 16 – 27 Meetings on campus AND Online
  • May 28 – June 3 Extended Road trip Field Experience

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For More Information

Jack R. Caddell by phone: (903) 510-2788 or e-mail: jcad@tjc.edu


Jack R. Caddell is a professor and Department Chair in the Health and Kinesiology program at Tyler Junior College. His experience includes 20+ years of working with collegiate and other groups in both traditional and wilderness settings. He holds a Bachelors degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education and dual Masters Degrees in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies. He is a formerly certified Wilderness First Responder and a National Standard Program Certification Instructor with the Wilderness Education Association.

Elaine Hood is employed as a teacher with the Tyler Independent School District and as an Outdoor Educator at Camp Tyler. She is the director of the equestrian program at Camp Tyler and works on a regular basis with a wide variety of groups in the outdoors. In addition to this she is also employed as a part-time faculty member and Continuing Education Instructor at Tyler Junior College. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education.

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Kinesiology Contact Information

Roland Schick
Department Chair
Office: OHPE-119

Email: rsch@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2553

Advising contact: 903-510-2425