Department of Recreation and Park Administration
Dr. Jon McChesney, Chair and Graduate Coordinator/Advisor
The Department of Recreation and Park Administration offers a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration. Graduates pursue supervisory and management positions in the delivery of recreation, parks, and tourism services.
The Department of Recreation and Park Administration is responsible for program advisement and course prescriptions leading to the Master of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration.
Full time students may be able to complete the M.S. degree in one year. Graduates may be eligible to apply for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), and/or Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification (CTRS).
The mission of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration is to prepare outstanding recreation, parks and tourism industry professionals and leaders who contribute to the success and vitality of their communities, the Commonwealth, and the world.
REC 711. Rec Therapy Prac & Services. (3 Credits)
II. Interventions and utilization of terminology. Apply leadership skills, assistive technology, and programming applications. 2 Lec/2 Lab.
REC 712. Mgmt of Therapeutic Rec Servic. (3 Credits)
Management concepts applied to delivering therapeutic recreation services, and includes: documentation, activity analysis, assessment, liablity, legislation and standards of practice.
REC 712S. Mgmt of Rec Therapy Services. (3 Credits)
I. Prerequisite: for majors only. Management concepts applied to delivering recreation therapy services, and includes: documentation, activity analysis, assessment, liability, legislation, and standards of practice. Includes 15 service learning hours.
REC 716. Rcrtn & Prk Interpretive Srvcs. (3 Credits)
The interpretation of natural, historical and cultural resources in recreation and park settings. Frequent agency visits and educational field seminars are components of this course.
REC 720. Trends/Issues in Rec Therapy. (3 Credits)
A. Professional issues and trends discussion on topics related to recreation therapy such as clinical practice, licensure, legislative and regulatory issues, curricular standardization, professional ethics and other relevant professional topics.
REC 730. Park Management. (3 Credits)
II. Park purposes and operations with an emphasis on natural resources and visitor management. Concentration on design, resource conservation and preservation, public relations, park policies.
REC 790. Special Topics:_______________. (1-3 Credits)
A. Identification and study of specialized techniques in recreation leadership, activities skills, operational methods, and services. May be retaken under different subtitle.
REC 800. Literature Analysis in Rec. (1 Credit)
I. Individualized study of recreation and park administration designed for students entering the graduate program without a degree in recreation, parks, or tourism. It is recommended that this course be completed before taking classes in the graduate program. This course must be passed with at least a B grade.
REC 801. Park, Rec & Tour Resrch Methds. (3 Credits)
II. Emphasis will be on applied research methods in the field of parks, recreation, leisure and tourism. Prepares students to understand and identify appropriate data collection methods, sampling, questionnaire design, data analysis, and interpretation of research literature.
REC 809. Advanced Study in Recreation. (3 Credits)
A. Prerequisite: REC 801. Directed study of topics in recreation and leisure. An advanced study project and individual meetings with instructor are required. An advanced study proposal from must be approved prior to enrollment.
REC 815. Internship. (1-3 Credits)
A. Prerequisite: department chair approval. Supervised practical work experience in a clinical or administrative setting.
REC 825. Phil of Recreation and Leisure. (3 Credits)
I. Examination of recreation theory and practice from both research and empirical bases. Significance of leisure and recreation for the individual and society. Recreation¿s future in a changing cultural milieu.
REC 830. Outdoor Rec. in America. (3 Credits)
I. A study and analysis of outdoor recreation policy development and agency management. Includes the development of natural and historical interpretive services.
REC 840. Admin Proc & Pract. (3 Credits)
II. Principles and concepts of administration, in-depth investigation of budgeting, policy formulation, and legislative provisions.
REC 850. Recreation & Tourism Marketing. (3 Credits)
I, II. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of marketing in the public and commercial recreation sectors, parks, and leisure services.
REC 870. Rec Therapy Quality Assurance. (3 Credits)
I, II. Examine the components of quality assurance and techniques for evaluation related to programs, management, and patient outcomes in therapeutic recreation settings.
REC 871. Therapeutic Recreation Admin. (3 Credits)
I, II. Understand the characteristics of management, administrative management, as related to human services in therapeutic recreation.
REC 890. Independent Study in REC. (3 Credits)
I, II, A. Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by the graduate program director and chair prior to enrollment. Student initiated directed study for the purpose of conducting research and examining issues in park, recreation, and leisure services. May be retaken up to six hours, provided the topics are different.
REC 897. Thesis. (3-6 Credits)
A. Designed for students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master¿s degree program.