Outdoor Education Courses


RECR101. Fitness Concepts Adaptive Act

Examination of issues dealing with physical and mental wellbeing, and participation in physical and mental well-being. This course is designed for individuals with severe disabilities who require assistive devices, accommodations, and/or modifications (ex: high level spinal cord injury, severe cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or those individuals who use a motorized wheelchair due to severe physical limitations of mobility and upper body strength). Students must be registered with the Office of Disability Resources and receive approval from RECR/PHED 101 faculty to take this course. 2 credits. *Fulfills General Education Goal 11.

RECR110. Intro To Ther Recreation

History, philosophy, rationale for service and overview of the profession of therapeutic recreation; and overview of therapeutic recreation settings and employment opportunities. 3 credits.

RECR111. Foundation of Leisure Services

The history and development of the recreation profession, definitions of recreation, theories of play, and the role of recreation and leisure in society. Providers of leisure services and general operational aspects of various organizations and agencies are investigated. 3 credits. WR.

RECR115. Arthritis Aquatics Practicum

A course designed to provide students with a practical experience in teaching aquatic exercise for individuals diagnosed with arthritis. Topics include the meaning and types of arthritis, benefits of exercise, safety issues, and teaching older adults basic and endurance aquatic exercise. 1 credit.

RECR120. TR:Professional Pract I

This course will introduce the student to professional behaviors and beginning professional practice skills in therapeutic recreation services; overview the diagnostic groupings and populations served in health care settings, and community services promoting health and well-being. 3 credits.

RECR205. Recreation Leadership

The development of creative leadership skills, methods, and techniques that can be applied in various recreational settings through the use of social and informal recreational activities. 3 credits.

RECR206. Intro Amer Sign Lang

A practical study of deaf culture and the history, origin and techniques of American Sign Language (ASL) with application in a variety of settings providing services to members of the deaf community. 3 credits.

RECR207. Interm Amer Sign Lang

Provide students with additional American Sign Language structure and sign language vocabulary. Emphasizes linguistic aspects of ASL, including classifiers, syntax, locatives, placement, and various sentence types. Develops skill in expressive/receptive use of language. Prerequisite: RECR 206. 3 credits.

RECR237. Adventure Educ Programming

This course will involve the theory and application of outdoor and experiential education; students will have the opportunity to plan, organize and implement a variety of outdoor and environmental education activities for a variety of age and population groups. Students will also learn and practice specific skills related to camping and outdoor education activities. 3 credits.

RECR250. Leisure Educ & Therapeutic Rec

This course is an exploration and application of the various theories and practices of leisure education in Therapeutic Recreation. Emphasis will be placed on the exploration of self in relation to leisure behavior. Instruction will also include teaching methods, the learning of appropriate activities, and leisure counseling sessions when working with individuals with disabilities. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation majors or Permission of Instructor.

RECR260. Ther Recr Children w Disab

This course is designed to prepare TR students for work with children challenged by illnesses, disabilities or environmental situations requiring particular sensitivity and specialized therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite/corequisite: BIOL 206, PSYC 330. 3 credits.

RECR292. Internship in Recreation

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of recreation. 1-18 credits.

RECR295. Special Topics in Recreation

Selected topics in recreation which will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

RECR300. Pre-Internship Seminar

This course prepares therapeutic recreation majors for their internships. Students will be guided in resume writing, professional oral and written correspondence, self-assessment and interviewing techniques. Culmination of course includes placement in junior internship. 1 credit.

RECR301. TR in Mental Health

An exploration of socio-cultural and psycho-dynamic dimensions of mental health and mental illness. Students will draw from foundation of abnormal behavior; focus on functioning characteristics of different mental illnesses as determined by the DSM-IV, and the preventative and restorative functions of therapeutic recreation and application of the therapeutic recreation process. Co-requisite: PSYC 356. 3 credits.

RECR302. Rec Thrpy in Phy Rehab Set I

This is the first class in a two-semester sequence that provides information concerning neurologic diseases and disorders that are common to clients evaluated and treated by recreation therapists in the rehabilitation setting. From a medical perspective, information will include disease description, etiology, pathology, clinical signs and symptoms. From a recreation therapy perspective, specific standardized assessments, evaluation and treatment strategies, techniques, and approaches will be addressed. Functional abilities and limitations will be considered along with the medical terminology needed to understand medical documentation. Information will be presented on the dynamics of adjustment, conflicts that may arise from disabilities, coping mechanisms and the impact on the individual. Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 206. 3 credits.

RECR303. Rec Thrpy in Phy Reh Set II

This class provides information concerning neurologic, immunologic, and cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders that are common to clients evaluated and treated by recreation therapists in the rehabilitation setting. Information will include disease description, etiology, pathology, clinical signs and symptoms, functional abilities and limitations. From a recreation therapy perspective, specific standardized assessments, evaluation and treatment strategies, techniques, and approaches will be addressed. Prerequisite: RECR 302. 3 credits.

RECR304. Leisure & Aging:Therap Serv

This course explores the process of aging, including biological and sociological aspects. Theories of aging, concepts of leisure and aging, and principles and practices related to assessment and leisure programming for older adults are investigated. Prerequisite: RECR 250. 3 credits.

RECR320. Facilitation Techniques TR I

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of specific techniques and interventions used in therapeutic recreation services common in mental health, addiction, and habilitation/rehabilitation settings. Students will demonstrate application of the techniques and interventions through presentations and other assignments. (Two course sequence). Pre-requiste: RECR 250. 3 credits. SP.

RECR321. Facilitation Techniques TR II

In this course, students will identify the meaning of specific interventions and the purpose of these interventions. Special emphasis will be placed on techniques and intervention strategies necessary for developing and implementing individualized treatment plans in pediatric and long term care settings. Prerequisite: RECR 320. 3 credits.

RECR340. Intro Outdoor Adv Skills

This course will address the basic skills in canoeing, rock climbing, and orienteering. Students will learn the skills, techniques and safety factors involved in each activity and are able to transfer skills into practice. 3 credits.

RECR350. Ropes Crs Initiatve Dynam

Provides physical and mental challenges through adventure activities. Leadership, communication, decision-making and problem solving will be enhanced. The development of creativity, ingenuity, and trust are essential elements that will be experienced throughout the course. 3 credits.

RECR361. Dev & Adapt Activities

RECR371. Prog Planning Leisure Serv

Application of the essential elements of programming within the context of recreation and leisure services. This course will address both the theory and techniques of recreation programming, reflecting a benefit-based approach; and designed to support programming with a socially purposeful end for varied constituent groups. Prerequisites: RECR 205, 250. 3 credits.

RECR375. Lead Wildern Pursuits

Leadership development through a variety of outdoor experiences and situations. Demonstrations and practical applications of technical skills, problem solving, decision making, and group dynamics. Planning, implementation, and development of outdoor skills and knowledge for back-country travel. 3 credits.

RECR390. Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. May be repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

RECR391. Directed Study

RECR392. Junior Internship

A 10-12 week supervised practicum in clinical, community or outdoor therapeutic recreation settings during the summer after completion of the junior year. Prerequisites: Permission of Program Coordinator, 2.25 overall GPA and 2.50 in major. 6 credits. $100.00 Fee.

RECR408. TR:Professional Practice II

Current principles and practice of therapeutic recreation will be studied and applied through the use of systematic programming. Emphasis placed on assessment, individual treatment plans, documentation and client evaluation; and advanced professional communication and behavior. 3 credits.

RECR410. Super & Adm Leisure Services

Application of management theory and techniques of leisure service delivery, including such areas as organization, supervision techniques, financing and budget, personnel, public relations, legal foundations and liability. Prerequisites: Completion of RECR 392 or permission of Instructor. 3 credits

RECR420. Environ Educ Resources

This course is designed to explore and provide ways to sensitize human beings to the environment. Emphasis will be placed on examining a variety of ways to interpret the environment in order for people to develop environmental ethics and behaviors. Topics such as history and philosophy, environmental ethics, culture and environmental values and environmental education will be covered. Unique to this class will be the opportunity to apply class information to practical experience in teaching and the development of environmental projects. 3 credits.

RECR437. Group Dynamics

This course includes analyses of facilitation styles, skills and techniques with exercises and assignments that emphasize comprehension and application of small group therapy, processes and dynamics, verbal and non-verbal communication, and effective problem solving and decision-making techniques. Experiential learning and group processes will be the primary methodologies employed throughout this course. SI. 3 credits.

RECR461. Issues & Trends in Recreation

This course is the capstone course for the therapeutic recreation degree. The student will be provided opportunities for critical thinking in the process of exploring and examining current trends and issues which include evidence based research in the recreation literature. Students will engage in philosophical and knowledge base discussions through the facilitation of questions and the exchange of ideas. Prerequisites: RECR 392 or Permission of Instructor. 3 credits. WR

RECR463. Special Projects

Qualified students will pursue independent study projects and/or directed research under supervision of an instructor. Nature of study will depend on interests and needs of the students. 1-3 credits.

RECR487. Outdoor Education Practicum

Students will engage (work or volunteer) in an experience with emphasis in outdoor education, adventure education, or environmental education. The experience will enable students to broaden their perspective about career choices and strengthen their knowledge, skills and experiences in outdoor education. Prerequisites: HLTH 260, two (2) outdoor education courses and Permission of Instructor. 3 credits.

RECR490. Independent Study

Individualized study. 1-18 credits.

RECR492. Senior Internship

A minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours) educational experience during the senior year designed to provide maximum opportunities for the student majoring in therapeutic recreation to participate in selected professional laboratory experiences. Spring only or permission from Program Coordinator. Prerequisites: Completion of all coursework, minimum GPA 2.50 TR content courses, and GPA 2.25 overall, permission of the Program Coordinator. 12 credits. $100 fee.

RECR495. Special Topics in Recreation

Selected topics in recreation which will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

RECR498. Honors Research in Recreation

Students conduct research in recreation under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits. WR.

RECR499. Honors Research in Recreation

Students conduct research in recreation under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. 3 credits.