The Recreational Therapy specialization is designed to prepare students to work with individuals with disabilities in positions in hospitals, institutions, parks and recreation programs, rehabilitation centers, and public schools. Recreational Therapy specialists are prepared in widely diversified program areas, such as art, sports, leisure education and counseling. They assist persons in making transition from institutions or schools to community recreation. Excellent practicum experiences are provided which translates theory into practice. This option culminates with a 560 hours/14-week internship, a practical work experience with expert supervision. The Program fulfills the requirements for licensure in Recreation Therapy established by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Students will be prepared to sit for national certification exams and can become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).
Total Minimum Credit Hours: 124
Distribution of Hours
*General Education Curriculum Courses - 41
+Recreation Administration Professional Courses - 49
=Recreation Therapy (RT) Concentration Required Courses - 34-35
<Student must apply for admission into the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies Program after the completion of RECR 1000 , RECR 2120 , RECR 2230 , and RECR 2250 . Application requires a minimum 2.0 overall GPA in Recreation Administration Professional Courses and two letters of recommendation.
<Licensure in Recreation Therapy requires the successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Growth and Development.
>Students are required to be senior status, have permission of their advisor, and have completed RECR 4625 prior to enrolling in the RECR 4635 . Students are not to take other courses when completing the internship course.
(SI) - Speaking Intensive
(WI) - Writing Intensive
Many courses listed in the first year of this plan are specific to this degree program and may not fulfill degree requirements for other programs at the University. Students are advised that changing their program of study from this major to another major, after the first year, can extend the time until graduation by a semester or more.
Students who wish to major in the Recreation Administration Program must have an overall grade point average of 2.25 and apply to be admitted into the program. Applicants must be at least a sophomore and have completed the following courses: RECR 1000 , RECR 2120 , and one additional 2000 level RECR course with a GPA average of 2.5 or better. Students are required to be senior status, have permission of their advisor, and have completed RECR 4625 prior to enrolling in the RECR 4635 . Students must be in good standing and have passed all required courses prior to internship placement, which consists of a minimum 560-hour, 14 consecutive week field placement experience in recreation/leisure service agency under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).