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Recreation and Leisure Studies

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs are available undergraduate and graduate students, and students who already possess a baccalaureate degree and are enrolling in a certificate program, unless otherwise noted. Students pursuing a degree may complete the certificate concurrently with or subsequent to their degree by enrolling as a certificate student. Courses taken for certificate requirements may be used, where appropriate, to meet the General Education or degree requirements of cooperating departments. Extension and/or transfer credit may comprise no more than one-fourth of the course work used to meet baccalaureate certificate requirements. Students should contact the department to schedule a meeting with the certificate advisor.

Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation (code REC_CT01)

This certificate prepares students for the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification exam and for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. A baccalaureate degree, which may be awarded concurrently, is required for completion of this certificate program.

Core requirements:

  • Take all of the following:
    • REC 351 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    • REC 451 Management of Therapeutic Recreation Services (3)
    • REC 452 Therapeutic Recreation Treatment/Program Planning (3)
    • REC 454 Counseling Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    • REC 458 Therapeutic Recreation: Facilitating Leisure and Wellness (3)
    • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)
  • Take six units of advisor-approved Recreation courses.

Additional courses: 18 to 19 units taken with approval from certificate advisor. Includes anatomy/physiology course (3 - 4 units); abnormal psychology (3 units); human growth and development across the lifespan course (3 units); upper division support courses (9 units) from any of the following areas: sociology, psychology, educational psychology, health science, adapted physical education, anthropology, biology, communication studies, family and consumer sciences, gerontology, human development, kinesiology/physical education, social work, and special education.

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

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