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Recreation Education & Therapeutic Recreation


Upon completion of the B.S. in Recreation Education, graduates will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the following:

    1. Nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism, or related professions and their associated industries.
    2. Techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries.
    3. Foundation of the profession in history, science, and philosophy.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Compare the concepts of leisure, recreation, and play.
  • Describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the profession.
  • Evaluate the criteria of a profession.
  • Analyze the scope of practices and diverse setting and populations served by the profession.
  • Select relevant research methods to solve problems addressed by the profession.
  • Apply a decision-making process to ethical and professional dilemmas.

Goal II: Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experience and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate recreation programs and services appropriate to the setting and populations served, respecting personal and cultural diversities, based on needs assessments.
  • Lead a variety of recreation programs for diverse groups in diverse settings.
  • Adapt the environment, facility, space, and equipment to the needs of the participants.

Goal III: Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling, as applied to leisure services.
  • Analyze staffing practices.
  • Develop a budget utilizing multiple financing sources.
  • Create a grant proposal.
  • Apply marketing principles and strategies.

Goal IV: Demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of no less than 400 hours and no fewer than 100 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in parks, recreation, tourism, or related organizations.

To accomplish this goal, students will be able to:

  • Conduct needs assessments that yield relevant information for program design.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate recreation programs according to professional standards of practice.
  • Develop program plans.
  • Document program outcomes
  • Advocate for recreation and leisure services in oral, written and electronic formats.
  • Plan and deliver a staff training session.
  • Analyze ethical issues that arise in practice.
  • Articulate a professional philosophy.
  • Create a personal leadership action plan to further develop professionalism.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competency in relevant skills required of an entry-level bachelor's preparation for recreational professions.