BS Recreation Management - Therapeutic Recreation Concentration
A BS Recreation Management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation prepares students in the use of activities as therapeutic tools to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
This career-ready concentration follows American Therapeutic Recreation Association guidelines of foundations, client assessment, treatment programs, implementation and modifications, and evaluation of treatments. Seniors intern under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist in preparation to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. Graduates pursue careers in settings such as local, state, and federal recreation agencies; adult and senior healthcare facilities; non-profit organizations; and educational and clinical institutions.
Is This Program Certified?
Yes, this concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accreditation is a status granted to academic programs in colleges and universities that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.
What Are Some Benefits of the Mason Program?
In addition to our accreditation status and innovative faculty, Mason’s geographic location in the Northern Virginia metropolitan area provides for a wealth of fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities. We also offer the EDGE, our center for outdoor experiential learning located on our Science and Technology Campus, which students utilize in course work, practicums, and internships.
What Are Some Potential Careers for Program Graduates?
- therapeutic recreation specialist
- senior center activities director
- community therapeutic recreation coordinator
- school inclusion coordinator
- corrections recreation director
- Special Olympics administrator
- residential recreation counselor
- therapeutic horseback riding specialist
- community inclusion officer
- aquatics instructor for individuals with disabilities
- at-risk youth counselor
- research and grants specialist
- community services director
- adaptive swim specialist
- adaptive recreation director
Mason Core Requirements (37 credits)
- Written communication (6)
- Oral communication (3)
- Information technology (3)
- Quantitative reasoning (3) - must take STAT 250: Introductory Statistics I (3 credits) or EDRS 220: Introduction to Applied Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
- Literature (3)
- Arts (3)
- Western civilization (3)
- Social and behavioral science (3) - must take PSYC 100: Basic Concepts in Psychology (3 credits)
- Global understanding (3)
- Natural science (7) - must take BIOL 124: Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits) and one non-lab science
- Synthesis/Capstone (12) - met by PRLS 490: Recreation Management Internship (12 credits), a program requirement
Recreation Management Core (51 credits)
- PRLS 210: Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3 credits)
- PRLS 241: Practicum (3 credits)
- PRLS 310: Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)
- PRLS 316: Leadership and Outdoor Education (3 credits)
- PRLS 317: Social Psychology of Play and Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 323: Program Leadership and Evaluation (3 credits)
- PRLS 327: Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 405: Planning and Operation of Recreation Facilities (3 credits)
- PRLS 410: Administration of SRT Organizations I (3 credits)
- SPMT 412: Sport Marketing and Sales (3 credits) or TOUR 412: Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Marketing and Sales (3 credits)
- PRLS 460: Sport and Recreation Law (3 credits)
- PRLS 490: Recreation Management Internship (12 credits)
- SRST 200: History of Sport and Leisure in America (3 credits)
- SRST 450: Research Methods (3 credits)
Electives (14 credits)
Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Courses (RECR) that promote health and wellness, ATEP 201 or a minor in Psychology.
Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (18 credits)
This concentration within the Recreation Management program teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Completion of the therapeutic recreation (TR) foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment courses to name a few, as well as an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), prepares graduating seniors to sit for the national exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification to become a CTRS. Graduates find employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.
- PRLS 416: Trends and Programming Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 417: Processes, Techniques and Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 418: Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PRLS 503: Administration and Disability Rights in Therapeutic Recreation (3 credits)
- PSYC 211: Developmental Psychology (3 credits) (Mason Core)
- PSYC 325: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Total: 120 credits
- Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
- Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
- Spring Priority Deadline: October 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
$546.50 with MSF*
$1,524.00 with MSF*
|*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF)||$150.25|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
|$25.00 - $250.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$571.50 - $796.50|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,549.00 - $1,774.00|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$350 | $275 for transfer students|
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