Recreation Education & Therapeutic Recreation
Upon completion of the B.S. in Recreation Education, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism, or related professions and their associated industries.
- Techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.