Recreation Management and Policy: Adaptive Sports (M.S.)
The Adaptive Sports Option prepares professionals for middle to upper-level administrative positions within the adaptive sports sector of the field, including positions within parks and recreation departments, rehabilitation hospitals, Veteran’s Administration hospitals and outpatient clinics, non-profits agencies, public school settings, grassroots adaptive sport organizations, national and international adaptive sport organizations, and/or commercial sport and recreation providers.
The Adaptive Sports Option leverages our unique partnership with Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized TR and adaptive sports program associated with the RMP Department, affiliate of Disabled Sports U.S.A., and Gold Level Club member of U.S. Paralympics. Graduate students will be exposed to Northeast Passage’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation program, which offers a spectrum of services from entry-level instruction to ongoing recreation and competitive sports opportunities for people with disabilities (www.nepassage.org).
The 32-33 credit Adaptive Sports Option consists of required and elective coursework. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will select either a thesis or non-thesis track. The core curriculum combines courses in adaptive sports and recreation facilitation, program administration in sport and recreation, law and public policy, non-profit administration and leadership, fund development and grant writing, and a supervised fieldwork experience in an adaptive sports setting. Students develop research competencies through an applied project or thesis specifically tailored to adaptive sport practice. Students also take one elective course to support desired specialization.
Full-time students typically take two years and one summer session to progress through the Adaptive Sport option degree requirements. Part-time students typically complete the program in three+ years.
|Required Core Competencies|
|RMP 820||Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation||3|
|RMP #860||Program Administration in Recreational Sport||3|
|RMP 872||Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services||3|
|RMP 912||Non-Profit Administration and Leadership||3|
|RMP 924||Fund Development and Grantwriting||3|
|RMP 963||Graduate Field Practicum||2|
|Required Research Competencies|
|RMP 998||Special Topics (Research Methods)||3|
|SW 962||Data Analysis and Statistics||3-4|
|or EDUC 881||Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making|
|Capstone Course (choose 1 track)||6|
|Master's Thesis (Sections I & II - 6 credits total)|
|Select one of the following Electives (not an all-inclusive list)||3|
|Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities|
|Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities|
|Contemporary Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Inclusive Teaching Through Sport|
|Advanced Topics in Coaching (highly encouraged)|
|Inclusion in Physical Education|
|Introduction to Assistive Technology|
|Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities|
|Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities|
|Understanding Developmental Disabilities|
|Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Mental Health Aspects of IDD)|
|Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Youth Emotional Behavior)|
- Knowledge of the roles and interrelationships of diverse leisure service delivery systems, as well as professionalism in the discipline.
- Knowledge of the psychological, sociological, and social psychological theories and philosophies related to recreation and leisure.
- Ability to translate and apply theory to park and recreation programs and services.
- Knowledge of the historical and cultural perspectives of recreation and leisure.
- Ability to apply financial, budgetary, planning, marketing, program evaluation, and human resource knowledge and skills to meet present and future organizational needs and challenges.
- Ability to implement leadership skills that advance the recreation profession and broader society.
- Ability to design and conduct research, analyze and interpret data, and apply research findings to the park and recreation industry.
- Knowledge of the interrelationships of allied professions with the recreation industry.
- Ability to promote the benefits of recreation and leisure to enhance individual, social, economic, and environmental well-being and quality of life.
- Skill in communicating effectively in written form in the context of both conceptual and technical writing assignments.