Recreation Education, B.S. (40 Credit Major)

The program in Recreation Education leads to the B.S. degree and is designed to prepare students for entry into the recreation and leisure services profession. Recreation and leisure services are provided in a variety of settings serving people of all ages in carefully planned and organized recreation programs. Students may specialize in therapeutic recreation, administration, or exercise and sport. Therapeutic recreation specialists are employed in health and human service settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, adult day care, youth agencies, drug treatment centers, and homeless shelters; they work with people with a variety of disabilities and health conditions. Students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for certified therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), administered by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Students in the administration option are employed in public park and recreation agencies, not-for-profit organizations, such as PAL and the YMCA, health and fitness centers, camps, and sports associations. Students in this specialization have met the academic requirements, upon graduation, to sit for the national certifying examination for Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), administered by the National Recreation and Park Association. Students in the Exercise and Sport option can work as programmers, fitness trainers, group exercise leaders or coaches, in sports and fitness programs in a variety of settings. Students are prepared to obtain various fitness certifications from several national organizations. Fieldwork and internship experiences are important components of the major, which give students the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an actual work setting under the supervision of a qualified professional.

The required courses and credits are distributed as follows (40 credits):

15 credits in Recreation Education:

Credits
REC 300History and Philosophy of Recreation

3

REC 320Recreation Leadership

3

REC 321Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Service

3

REC 387Research and Evaluation in Recreation Service

3

REC 401Administration of Recreation Services

3

9 credits in one of three options:

Therapeutic Recreation:

Credits
REC 325Therapeutic Recreation in Long-Term Care

3

REC 421Programs in Therapeutic Recreation Service

3

REC 425Processes and Techniques of Therapeutic Recreation

3

Administration:

Credits
REC 360Selected Topics in Recreation

3

REC 361Camp Leadership and Outdoor Recreation

3

REC 422Program Planning in Recreation

3

Exercise and Sport:

Credits
EXS 265Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

3

EXS 264Introduction to Exercise Science

3

EXS 304Coaching Youth and Team Sports

3

8 credits Selected from:

REC, REH, EXS, DNC, DFN, HEA, HSA, and/or HSD courses with Departmental approval.

8 credits in Recreation Internship:

Credits
REC 370Recreation Internship

4

REC 470Senior Internship in Recreation

4