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RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

This program is designed to provide students with individualized continuing education to develop competencies specifically related to job needs or to professional growth. The emphasis is on individualizing the student's program. Each student will select a generalized format for this program consisting of course work appropriate to the individual's needs. Programs leading to a master of science degree are available in two areas:

(1) Recreation Management
(2) Therapeutic Recreation.

RECREATION MANAGEMENT

The master of science in recreation management prepares students for positions in public, private, and commercial recreation agencies. The curriculum consists of learning experiences critical for assuming high level management positions in the leisure service profession.

Graduates are prepared to:
--plan, develop, and manage recreation programs in public and private agencies; commercial enterprises, and tourism business
--use diverse community, natural, institutional, and human service resources to enhance programs
--apply common and innovative management techniques for budgets, service pricing, cost analysis, business feasibility, market analysis, and promotions
--use leadership strategies to strengthen leisure experiences for all, including those with special needs
--apply evaluation, survey, and research methods to ensure continued improvement in leisure services
-- apply management techniques for recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of staff and volunteers Graduates are employed in:

--local recreation and park agencies; federal natural resource agencies
--resorts, cruise ships, ski resorts, private campgrounds, and hospitality and travel industries
--private corporations and tourism agencies
--health clubs and recreational fitness centers
--youth agencies
--Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YM/YWCA
--condominium developments, convention/visitor bureaus, ice arenas, marinas, golf courses, and theme parks
I. Required Courses:

Degree requirements: 30 credits with a minimum of 15 credits at the graduate-only level. Required courses include:

REC 701 Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play, and Recreation 3 credits
REC 704 Current Issues and Problems 3 credits
REC 711 Administration of Recreation and Parks 3 credits

II. Thesis, Graduate Project, or Comprehensive Examination Options:

Students are allowed to choose from three options upon admission to the program.

Option A -- Thesis

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
or
HED 706 Research Tools and Processes 3-6 credits
REC 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6 credits

Option B -- Graduate Project

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
or
HED 706 Research Tools and Processes 3-6 credits
or
EFN 736 Interpretation of Current Research 3 credits
REC 761 Graduate Project in Recreation 3 credits

Option C -- Comprehensive Examination

Course work includes all required courses plus additional elective courses selected from graduate program offerings to total 30 semester credits. A professional examination is written. The examination is developed and graded by the graduate faculty. This option requires completion of EFN 736 -- Interpretation of Current Research.

III. Elective Courses:

Recommended elective graduate courses in the department of recreation management and therapeutic recreation include:

REC 520 Commercial Recreation Management 3 credits
REC 700 Internship in Guided Learning 1-3 credits
REC 706 Public Education and Recreation 2 credits
REC 713 Recreation Planning and Facility Development 3 credits
REC 740 Outdoor Education 1-3 credits
REC 780 A Comparative Approach to Leisure and Society 3 credits

Admission Requirements

The minimum undergraduate prerequisite course requirements for admission to the master of science degree program in recreation management are:

REC 100 Foundations of Recreation 3 credits
REC 300 Program Planning in Recreation 3 credits
or
REC 302 Recreation Leadership and Supervision 3 credits
REC 401 Management in Park and Recreation Resources 3 credits
If all the above courses have not been previously taken, the recreation graduate program director will determine program deficiencies on an individual basis. The review will be based on previously taken courses as well as prior work experience. Students will be informed if there is an option to "test out" for any existing course work deficiency. The graduate program director will also determine which deficiency courses need to be taken for credit (auditing of courses might also be recommended.)

Students accepted into this program come from a variety of backgrounds including:

-- Agronomy
-- Biology
-- Business Administration
-- Elementary/Secondary Education
-- Forestry
-- Horticulture/Landscape Architecture
-- Natural Resources/Resource Management
-- Physical Education
-- Public Administration
-- Recreation Administration
-- Recreation Leadership
-- Therapeutic Recreation

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

The master of science in therapeutic recreation prepares students for certification as Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Students learn to develop and implement treatment, leisure, education, and recreation programs for individuals with special needs.

Graduates are prepared to:

-- assess the need for therapeutic recreation intervention
-- plan and evaluate individual and group treatment, leisure education and recreation participation programs
-- supervise interdisciplinary teams and human service providers
-- organize and manage services
-- direct outreach, advocacy, and public relations activities
-- assist individuals in the development of life-long leisure independence
-- address therapeutic recreation professionalization issues
-- take the national examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
-- use advanced knowledge as a clinical administrator or consultant
Graduates are employed in:
-- hospitals and physical rehabilitation facilities
-- county, state, and national mental health treatment centers
-- residential settings
-- long-term care or nursing home
facilities
-- community-based centers and human service agencies
-- recreation agencies, including national associations for disabled sport
competitors (i.e., Special Olympics)
-- human service areas needing therapeutic recreation consultants

I. Admission Standards

Students without a previous background in therapeutic recreation as well as those who are certification eligible as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification will be admitted into the program after fulfilling university graduate study admission requirements. Deficiencies will be determined based on the student's educational background and work experience in therapeutic recreation. The minimum undergraduate prerequisite courses and competency requirements for admission to the master of science degree program in recreation with a therapeutic recreation concentration are:

Prerequisite Course Requirements (or equivalent knowledge)

RTH 250 Introduction to TherapeuticRecreation 3-4 credits
RTH 326 Therapeutic Recreation Populations I 3 credits
or
RTH 327 Therapeutic Recreation Populations II 3 credits
MTH 205 Elementary Statistics 4 credits
ESS 205 Human Anatomy 3 credits
ESS 206 Human Physiology 3 credits
PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
The above courses may be taken at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse during the first two semesters of the graduate program.

Prerequisite Competency Requirement

Students must have knowledge of and experience with a disability group in a therapeutic recreation setting (minimum 50 documented hours of acceptable experience.) To become eligible to register for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam, students must complete supportive courses to include a minimum of 18 semester credits or 27 quarter credits from three of the following six areas: adapted physical education, related biological/physical sciences, human services, psychology, sociology, or special education. Students must meet current NCTRC standards to graduate.

II. Required Courses:

REC 701 Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play, and Recreation 3 credits
REC 704 Current Issues and Problems 3 credits
REC 711 Administration of Recreation and Parks 3 credits
RTH 730 Advanced Clinical Aspects in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
III. Program of Study

Upon admission, the student will be classified into one of two groups based upon previous academic background, therapeutic recreation certification status, and professional experience in the field of therapeutic recreation. The student will be classified either as a student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation or a student with a background (certification eligible) in therapeutic recreation.

A. Program of study for a student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation:

This program of study requires a minimum of 36 credits. A program of study includes the required courses, therapeutic recreation core courses, one of three research options, and electives. Additional credit(s) may be required to fulfill the requirements of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). A program of study will be developed by the student and his/her adviser and approved by the recreation graduate program director.

Core courses for students without a previous background in therapeutic recreation --

In addition to the required courses, the following are required core courses for the student without a previous back-ground in therapeutic recreation:

 

RTH 556 Program Design in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 570 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation 4 credits
RTH 576 Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits
RTH 580 Leisure Education 3 credits
RTH 593 Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues 3 credits
RTH 700 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation 6 credits
(Required only if NCTRC field placement requirements are not met)

At the discretion of the graduate program director, previously taken equivalent undergraduate courses (therapeutic recreation core courses) may not have to be repeated on the graduate level.

B. Program of Study for a student with a background (certification eligible) in therapeutic recreation:

The program of study requires a minimum of 30 credits. A program of study includes the required courses, therapeutic recreation core courses, one of three research options, and electives. The program of study will be developed by the student and his/her adviser and approved by the recreation graduate program director.

Core courses for students with a previous background in therapeutic recreation --

RTH 593 Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues 3 credits
RTH 730 Advanced Clinical Aspects in Therapeutic Recreation 3 credits

IV. Research Options:

Thesis, Graduate Project, or additional course work.

Students will select one of three research options to this graduate program. All three options require a minimum of 30 credits
(36 credits minimum for those students who entered the program without a previous background in therapeutic recreation.)

Option A -- Thesis

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
or
HED 706 Research Tools and Processes 3-6 credits
REC 799 Research: Master's Thesis 6 credits

Option B -- Graduate Project

EFN 730 Introduction to Research 3 credits
or
HED 706 Research Tools and Processes 3-6 credits
or
EFN 736 Interpretation of Current Research 3 credits
REC 761 Graduate Project in Recreation 3 credits

Option C -- Comprehensive Examination

Option C includes all required courses, plus additional elective courses from graduate program offerings to total 30 semester credits (36 credits for those entering the program without a background in therapeutic recreation.) The additional graduate courses beyond those required must be approved by the graduate program director. A comprehensive examination is written. The examination is developed and graded by the graduate faculty in therapeutic recreation. This option requires completion of EFN 736 -- Interpretation of Current Research.

V. Elective Courses:

Additional elective courses may be required to fulfill the minimum (30-36) number of credits to graduate. The elective course(s) will be determined jointly by the student and the recreation graduate program adviser.


This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1997. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.


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