As the leading academic program in its field, our Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) program offers training in methods of partnering with equines to support human growth and development. Our program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Education while specializing in the rapidly evolving modality of partnering with equines in educational and personal growth programs. 

This graduate program prepares students to design and deliver effective programs that partner with horses to facilitate learning, growth, and change with a wide variety of populations. Your background, skills and goals are unique. Your approach to partnering with people and horses should be unique as well. This program supports your exploration of the skills and experience necessary for you to be a competent leader in this quickly developing field.

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About EAL

Our EAL program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners.The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses. Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop. The fifth course is comprised of supervised practicum and internship work in the field.

The EAL program provides a breadth of resources, perspectives and faculty support that informs and enhances your personal journey and exploration of bringing people and horses together to support profound growth and change. The student-directed nature of the program allows you to discover ways of partnering with the horse in the field of mental health that suit you and the populations you want to work with.

Relational Horsemanship at Prescott College

The principles of relational horsemanship are not new, they are fairly universal, and lay the framework for relationships of many kinds, human-to-human, and human to the natural world. Engaging with the horse in a way that not only focuses on the task at hand, but requires meeting each individual where they are and staying present in the moment. Relationships with horses, like those with people, need to be developed, and they take a lot of the same skills: listening, observing, leading and following, collaboration through partnership, and creating connection. A central part of this process is the ability to recognize your own authentic expression.

Residential Intensives

Students in the Master of Arts program in Education with a concentration in Equine-assisted Learning attend four-day Residential Intensive at a local equine facility as part of their course work. Residential Intensives are held immediately before or after the required Master of Arts Colloquia. Students pay a fee per intensive for ranch accommodations, food, and facility use, as well as for care and feeding of the equine herd. The fee can be covered through financial aid.

 Post-M.A. Certificate in Equine Assisted Learning is also available. Contact admissions at 877.350.2100 for additional information.

Application Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Autobiographical essay
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of contemporary and foundational knowledge and theory in the student's field of study
  • Ability to integrate theoretical and practical aspects of the field
  • Ability to demonstrate written communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • Ability to demonstrate oral communication skills that are informed, scholarly, and passionate
  • Development of social literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their own and other cultures, and the impact this relationship has on the your field of study and professional practice
  • Development of ecological literacies, including an understanding and appreciation of the ways humans relate to their environment (ecological, spiritual, and cultural), and of the relevance of these ideas to your field of study and professional practice