WHAT IS RECREATION MANAGEMENT? Recreation management is applied business and management knowledge principles and skills to a variety of Recreation and Park Enterprises.
PHILOSOPHY The primary philosophy behind the UW-La Crosse Recreation Management major is to provide students with a broad base of theoretical knowledge and skills combined with a heavy emphasis of hands on practical experiences. This learning-by-doing approach makes students competitive in the job market and graduate school selection process. Students are prepared to assume positions of responsibility in governmental, commercial, tourism, and not-for-profit recreation and parks agencies. The rigorous recreation management curriculum prepares individuals for positions as middle management within a wide variety of recreation and park agencies.
RECREATION MANAGEMENT GOALS:
ACCREDITATION UW-La Crosse has the only accredited recreation management program in Wisconsin. Less than three percent of all university recreation management programs across the country meet these accreditation standards of excellence. UW-La Crosse Recreation Management is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. The newly revised curriculum is designed to keep the department a national leader in recreation management education.
RECREATION MANAGEMENT AS YOUR MAJOR Recreation management offers an opportunity to work at the mid-management level at graduation within a wide variety of Recreational Enterprises. The major provides a comprehensive education while still permitting each student the flexibility to pursue areas of special interest.
PLACEMENT The department consistently places 90 percent or more of its graduates in locations around the United States and in several foreign countries. The recreation management service area is rated among the top 10 placement leaders in the country.
"Parks and recreation personnel have the assistance of a national organization in finding new and challenging positions." The National Recreation and Park Association and the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association provide job referral services to help students find employment that interests them and for which they are qualified. www.nrpa.org.
Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a nationally recognized health and human service profession. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists work with many different age groups: children, teens, adults, older adults, and persons with many different disabilities, illnesses or conditions (i.e. physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, long term illnesses). About the profession
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. Please use the links on the left menu to learn more about the program. You can also contact the program director.
What does a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist do? Employment PossibilitiesInformation about a CTRS credential
A CTRS uses recreation activities for a particular purpose. These activities can help improve health and quality of life. The nature of the setting and the needs of the clients will determine the types of programs offered. A CTRS can use many different types of activities in programs:
There are 3 main purposes of Therapeutic Recreation Programs:
Therapeutic Recreation at UWL is nationally accredited and all graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. UW-L TR has a comprehensive curriculum, opportunities for practical experiences, supportive professional associations, and an active Therapeutic Recreation Faculty. This curriculum received both state and national awards. Our students are dedicated and caring individuals who become outstanding professionals.
The extraordinary thing about being a Recreational Therapist is that you get to affect the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
The Recreation Management minor is open to students in all colleges and schools within the university. Those students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, however, have different requirements than students in other majors.
The minor requires 19 credit hours. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enter the program.
HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION High school students interested in a career in recreation management should acquire practical experience by participating in such activities as:
Students should also volunteer in recreation and park agencies such as community centers, resorts, visitor's bureaus, sport centers, golf courses, YM/YWCAs, scouts, summer camps, 4-H, city or county parks and recreation agencies, and aquatic centers.
The strength of this major is its innovative curriculum design. With the help of alumni and employers, faculty have crafted a management major that has both focus and breath. It focuses on the unique management needs of the recreation, tourism, and park fields. Secondly, the curriculum allows students to shift from say public municipal recreation, to non-profit , to commercial water park resort and still have assurance they have the critical management skills to perform in any one of the employment fields, As further evidence, listed below are the required courses:
Click here to see the UW-L Course Catalog.
Minor in Recreation Management The Recreation Management minor is open to students in all colleges and schools within the university. Students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, however, have different requirements than students in other majors.
Recreation Management Minor Requirements:
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RECREATION MANAGEMENT MINOR FOR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION MAJORS:
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater to enter the program.
RECOMMENDED MINORS FOR RECREATION MANAGEMENT MAJORS
The Business Administration minor (www.uwlax.edu/ba/undergrad/MINORS.doc) provides additional business management skills and the Public Administration minor (www.uwlax.edu/PoliSci/pa_degrees.htm) provides additional communication and public organizational skills that are highly recommended that complement the Recreation Management Major.
RECREATION MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIPS Internship experiences provide students with a means of making a smooth passage from academic life into their chosen profession. It allows students and professionals to form mutually beneficial relationships. Students bring the latest knowledge from the academic arenas and professionals provide critical hands-on knowledge, the kind of knowledge that can never be duplicated in the university setting. Mutually beneficial bridges are built between the academic and professional arenas.
Within this structured environment and under the mentorship of a qualified professional, the student makes the best transition possible into the professional world. In this work/learning environment, the student works within a supervised environment without fear of repercussions for the small mistakes everybody makes as they begin their careers. In addition, the student proceeds to his/her first employer with new professional knowledge and previously acquired hands-on work experience that can help enhance the employer's business.
In preparation for internships, students take a pre-internship course to learn about internships and make applications to possible internship sites. Once a site offers them a position, they complete the required paperwork to receive final approval from both the internship site and the university. The course is taken during either the Fall or Spring semester. Students doing Spring internships take the pre-internship course in the Fall. Those doing a Summer or Fall internship take the pre-internship course in the Spring. For example, a student doing an internship in the Fall must have site approval at the end of Spring semester. Students and internship sites must plan well ahead of time to provide more time for both parties to plan the internship experience. Internships can be secured in the following agencies of Recreation Management:
The Americans with Disability Act mandates that agencies offering several types of recreation programs must accommodate people with disabilities. The Inclusive Recreation minor addresses these concerns. These agencies include those that fit in the following categories: sports complexes, outdoor recreation, golf, boating and fishing facilities, amusement parks, and aquatic facilities.
The following majors may be interested in declaring an Inclusive Recreation minor:
The Inclusive Recreation minor is not a comprehensive therapeutic recreation curriculum. Nor is it intended to lead toward national certification. The Inclusive Recreation minor is academic preparation to assist other professionals who are interested in providing inclusive recreation programs.
For further information contact: University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Dr. Patricia Ardovino, CTRS, CPRP, firstname.lastname@example.org
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