Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation Administration (M.S.)
The Therapeutic Recreation Administration option prepares advanced personnel for administrative responsibilities in clinical-based practice & administrative leadership in community-based recreation services that meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Graduate education serves Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who wish to move into administrative positions such as supervisor/manager/director, senior therapist, treatment coordinator, assisted-living manager, and senior center supervisor. A specialization in community-based TR is also available through our partnership with Northeast Passage (http://www.nepassage.org), including coursework and practice experiences related to in-home/community health promotion programming, TR service delivery in the school system, and adaptive sports.
Students without an academic or clinical background in therapeutic recreation may use the M.S. program to satisfy the academic requirements for the national credentialing examination used by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and for New Hampshire state licensure. While the graduate program does not require prerequisite courses to qualify for admission, the credentialing examination (http://www.nctrc.org) does require coursework outside the M.S. curriculum requirements and the department may require leveling coursework upon acceptance to the M.S. program.
The 30 credit Therapeutic Recreation Administration option consists of required and elective coursework. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will select either a thesis or non-thesis track. Full-time students with a TR undergraduate degree typically take two years to progress through the degree requirements; full-time students without a TR undergrad degree need more than two years. Part-time students typically complete the program in 3 years.
|Required Core Competencies|
|RMP 800||Concepts of Recreation and Leisure||3|
|RMP 805||Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation (If student has undergrad in TR already, they will take RMP 806: Rec Admin & Org Beh)||3|
|Required Research Competencies|
|RMP 998||Special Topics (Research Methods)||3|
|SW 962||Data Analysis and Statistics||3|
|or EDUC 881||Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making|
|Capstone Course (choose 1 track)||6|
|Master's Thesis (Sections I & II - 6 cr total)|
|Independent Study (counts as elective course for non-thesis track; can take twice)|
|Elective Courses in RMP Dept (Thesis track takes 4 electives; Non-thesis track takes 5 electives. Both tracks may also take electives outside Dept)||12|
|Recreation Administration and Organizational Behavior|
|Recreation Resource Management|
|Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation|
|Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery in Community Settings|
|Program Administration in Recreational Sport|
|Advocacy, Aging, and Active Living|
|Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services|
|Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation|
|Non-Profit Administration and Leadership|
|Fund Development and Grantwriting|
|Elective Options Outside of RMP Department (not an all-inclusive list):|
|Families, Schools, and Community|
|Race, Class, Gender, and Families|
|Children, Adolescents and the Law|
|Families and the Law|
|Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies|
|Health Content and Youth Risk Behaviors|
|Inclusive Teaching Through Sport|
|Inclusion in Physical Education|
|Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming|
|Psych Factors of Adventure Ed|
|Historical Foundations of Outdoor Experiential Education|
|Critical Issues in Nutrition|
|Introduction to Assistive Technology|
|Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities|
|Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities|
|Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance|
|Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab|
|Using iPads to Support Children with Disabilities|
|Public Health Care Systems|
|Social and Behavioral Health|
|Public Health Administration|
|Public Health Policy|
|Public Health Ethics|
|Public Health Law|
|Public Health Economics|
|Policy and Practice of Community Health Assessment|
|Social Impact Assessment|
|Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice|
|Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention|
|Social Welfare Policy I|
|Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice|
|Human Behavior and the Social Environment I|
|Adventure Therapy: Facilitation and Processing of the Experience|
|Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare|
- 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.