Recreation Education M.S.Ed. Program

The Master's Program in Recreation Education at Lehman College consists of a 33-credit Master of Science in Education degree, which is designed to prepare individuals for professional employment in the broad field of leisure services.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study. (Above-average academic achievement in general is required.)
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • If conditionally admitted, make up not more than 12 credits of specified undergraduate coursework, starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Departmental Retention Policy

Once admitted into one of the graduate programs, students must maintain a Grade Point Average of B. If a student's average falls below B, he or she will have one semester to bring the average up to the minimum standard. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the M.S.Ed. Program in Recreation includes two options:

Option A: Recreation and Park Administration, which prepares individuals for supervisory and administrative roles in public, voluntary, and commercial recreation agencies.

Option B: Therapeutic Recreation Service, which prepares individuals to deliver therapeutic recreation services in hospitals, nursing homes, day-treatment programs, and other institutional and community settings. Students who complete this option have met the therapeutic recreation option requirements for certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, administered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Students must complete at least 24 credits in recreation courses, 3 credits in HEA 600 or equivalent, and may complete their additional 6 credits in related areas, with the prior approval of the graduate adviser. A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred from other universities or colleges with the approval of the Graduate Adviser. Upon graduation, all students will have met the academic requirements for certification as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, administered by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

Recreation Education Curriculum

Option A: Recreation and Park Administration (18 credits):

Credits
HEA 600Biostatistics

3

REC 700Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society

3

REC 701Research Methods and Evaluation in Recreation

3

REC 702Recreation Program Planning and Leadership

3

REC 703Administrative Process in Recreation and Parks

3

REC 705Community Recreation and Park Facilities

3

3 credits in Therapeutic Recreation:

Select from

Credits
REC 640Therapeutic Recreation & Disabilities

3

REC 704Therapeutic Recreation Service

3

REC 707Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Settings

3

REC 708Therapeutic Recreation in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

3

REC 709Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disability

3

REC 710Therapeutic Recreation Applications to Social Problems

3

REC 711Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Physical Disability

3

6 credits of administration electives:

Select from

Credits
REC 680Special Topics in Recreation

3

REC 706Outdoor Education and Recreation

3

REC 712Leisure Counseling and Community Programs

3

REC 715Clinical Practice and Internship

3

REC 790Independent Study in Recreation

1-3

6 credits related electives from courses in Health Sciences or Education.

Option B: Therapeutic Recreation Service (18 credits):

Credits
HEA 600Biostatistics

3

REC 700Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society

3

REC 701Research Methods and Evaluation in Recreation

3

REC 702Recreation Program Planning and Leadership

3

REC 703Administrative Process in Recreation and Parks

3

REC 704Therapeutic Recreation Service

3

12 credits in Therapeutic Recreation courses:

Credits
REC 714Therapeutic Recreation Program Design

3

REC 724Advanced Therapeutic Recreation Processes

3

6 credits selected from:

Credits
REC 640Therapeutic Recreation & Disabilities

3

REC 680Special Topics in Recreation

3

REC 707Therapeutic Recreation in Geriatric Settings

3

REC 708Therapeutic Recreation in Psychiatric Rehabilitation

3

REC 709Therapeutic Recreation and Developmental Disability

3

REC 710Therapeutic Recreation Applications to Social Problems

3

REC 711Therapeutic Recreation Programs and Physical Disability

3

REC 790Independent Study in Recreation

1-3

3 credits in:

Credits
REC 715Clinical Practice and Internship

3

Or

Related electives

Related electives: From courses in Health Sciences or Education.