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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):


In Recreation Education: REC 300 (3), 320 (3), 321 (3), 387 (3), and 401 (3)


In one of three options: either Therapeutic Recreation: REC 325 (3), 421 (3), and 425 (3); or Administration: REC 360 (3), 361 (3), and 422 (3); or Exercise and Sport: EXS 265 (3), 264 (3), and 304 (3)


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


In Recreation Internship: REC 370 (4) and REC 470 (4)

Last modified: 7/30/2015