The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) tract prepares students to deliver therapeutic recreation services. Services include assessing individuals; planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation programs for people with disabilities, illnesses, and special needs. Many individuals require assistance in developing skills for leisure involve-ment.
An individual pursuing a career in Therapeutic Recreation is involved in using recreation as a tool to work with people with physical disabilities, devel-opmental disabilities, mental illness, limitations due to aging, dependency on alcohol or other drugs, or work with youth who are considered at-risk. Graduates may work in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, childcare agencies, correctional facili-ties, schools, parks and recreation agencies, and other health and human service agencies.
Upon completion of a recreation degree from the CSU accredited program students can pursue becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for TR Certification (www.nctrc.org).
- Therapeutic Recreation is one of four tracts in the Recreation Major at Chicago State University.
- Nationally accredited program in-creases job marketability for CSU graduates.
- Qualification to take the NCTRC Certified Therapeutic Recreation exam after graduation.
- Comprehensive high quality, yet af-fordable courses of study.
- Chicago State University is one of the highest rated campuses for safety in Illinois.
- Numerous opportunities to meet and work with Therapeutic Recreation professionals.
- Access to employing agencies through visits and fieldwork.
|University Core Requirements: (44-50 hours)|
|Composition (6 hours)|
|ENG 1230/1270||3 cr.||Writers’ Workshop I or Composition I|
|ENG 1280||3 cr.||Composition II|
|Foreign Language (6 hours): In Sequence|
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|Math (3 hours)|
|Math||3 cr.|| |
|Pysical and Life Science (14 hours)|
(Must take one laboratory course)
|BIOL 1080||3 cr.||Biol. Sc. Survey II|
|Ph S 1080||3 cr.||Critical Thinking about Tech.|
|ZOOL 2050*||4 cr.||Human Function Anatomy|
|PSLY 2040*||4 cr.||Human Physiology|
|*Anatomy and Physiology can be a combined course from another institution. If taken as one class from another institution students will need another elective under “Directed Electives”|
|Critical Thinking (3 hours)|
*Ph S 1080 also fills this requirement
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|Social Sciences (9 hours)|
|SOC 1010||3 cr.||Intro. to Sociology|
|POL 1010||3 cr.||American National Government|
|PSYC 1100||3 cr.||Intro. to Psychology|
|Humanities (6 hours)|
|CMAT 1130 or 2030||3 cr.||Basic Speech Comm. or Comm. for Professionals|
|Fine Art Elective||3 cr.|| |
|Diversity (3 hours)|
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|Core Requirements (46 hours)|
|PE/REC 1900||1 cr.||Seminar in Physical Education|
|REC 1000||3 cr.||Intro. to Leisure Studies|
|REC 2000||3 cr.||Program Planning for Leisure Studies|
|REC 2010||3 cr.||Philosophy of Leisure & Recreation|
|3 cr.||Tech. for PE & Rec. Prof.|
|REC 2200||3 cr.||Leadership & Supervision in Leisure & Recreation|
|REC 2300||3 cr.||Outdoor Rec. & Team Build.|
|REC 2580||3 cr.||Leisure Programming for Adults in Later Life|
|REC 4000||3 cr.||Facility Mgt. & Design|
|REC 4240||3 cr.||Mgt. of Leisure Service Delivery Systems|
|REC 4300||3 cr.||Overview of TR Services|
|REC 4500||3 cr.||Program Evaluation & Research in Leis. & Rec.|
|REC 4540||3 cr.||Seminar & Methodology in Recreation|
|REC 4750||9 cr.||Internship|
|Supportive Courses (10 hours)|
|HS 1570||2 cr.||First Aid|
|PE 2140||2 cr.||Movement Concepts & Dance|
|REC/PE 2360||2 cr.||Aquatics for PE & Recreation|
|PE 2380||2 cr.||Lifetime Sports|
|PE 2390||2 cr.||Team Sports|
|Directed Electives (8-11 hours)|
|PSYC 2000||3 cr.||Life Span Development|
|PSYC 4155||3 cr.||Abnormal Psychology|
|Therapeutic Recreation Specialty (9 hours)|
|REC 3310||3 cr.||Principles & Clinical Practices in TR|
|REC 4320||3 cr.||Program Design & Evaluation in TR|
|REC 4440||3 cr.||Issues, Trends, & Contemporary Problems in TR|
Please note the following guidelines:
- A grade of C or above is required in all recreation courses and supportive courses, either as transfer credit or completed at CSU.
- A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at CSU with a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Dr. June N. Price-Shingles
Director of Recreation Program
Chicago State University
Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies and Recreation
Chicago, IL 60628-1598