Graduate Programs

Recreation [REC] M.S. (Graduate)

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department
Sharon Todd, chair
Anderson Young, graduate coordinator
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
607-753-4941
Email: rpls@cortland.edu

Overview

Activity. Adventure. Academics. Focus your energies, combine your passions and prepare for exciting careers. No matter what your background, you can pursue an advanced degree and discover a place where you truly enjoy your work by studying for the M.S. in recreation at SUNY Cortland. Choose from three concentrations:

  • Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Management of Leisure Services
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Program Highlights

Join your peers from disciplines as varied as human development, the arts, anthropology, management, English, physical education and others who come together in small classes for exciting discussions led by our enthusiastic and dedicated faculty.

In addition to core courses in recreation, you’ll examine in-depth issues in your concentration and explore related topics such as health, political science, sociology and physical education, as well as the behavioral, natural or social sciences. You’ll also learn about research methods and complete a master’s thesis or other culminating activity. When you successfully conclude the program, you may be qualified to sit for national certification examinations.

Internship Capstone Experience

Most students choose to cap their study with an internship experience that integrates theory with practice under the supervision of a SUNY Cortland faculty member and a professional in the field. Sites range from the National Park Service, YMCAs or YWCAs to retirement communities, parks and recreation agencies, rehabilitation clinics, outdoor leadership and wilderness trip providers, challenge courses or private recreation companies.

Career Potential

Because recreation touches all walks of life and all ages, the M.S. in recreation from SUNY Cortland allows you to build the career of your dreams — working with people or alone, indoors or outdoors or almost any combination you desire. You might find yourself conserving lands with the Finger Lakes Land Trust, managing a state park or serving as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), among many others.

If you’re interested in university teaching or administration, you’re well prepared to pursue the Ph.D. at graduate schools such as Cornell, Penn State and University of Utah.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045
  3. A resume, uploaded as part of online application process
  4. A one- or two-page statement of your educational and professional goals, uploaded as part of online application process
  5. Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references, submitted as part of online application process
    Note: At least one reference must be academic. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Admissions Criteria

  1. Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
  2. Bachelor’s degree, completed before classes begin, in any academic major. Students without certain recreation course work may be required to complete three to nine hours of corequisite course work.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Students who feel they are qualified in spite of an undergraduate grade point average below a 2.8 are encouraged to contact the department before applying for admission.
  4. A grade point average above 2.8 does not guarantee admission. Other application materials are considered. Spaces in the program may be limited.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Recreation [REC] M.S.

Recreation Education [RED] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department
Sharon Todd
, chair
Anderson Young, graduate coordinator
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
607-753-4941
Fax: 607-753-5982
Email: rpls@cortland.edu

Overview

Whether to enhance your skills as a teacher or to prepare for a career in recreation, the M.S.Ed. in recreation education from SUNY Cortland may be right for you. If you hold or are eligible to hold a New York state teaching certificate, this degree can lead to your professional certification, as well as a variety of other career options. Choose from three program concentrations:

  • Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Management of Leisure Services
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Program Highlights

Enjoy collaborating with your peers from many fields in small classes led by dedicated faculty. Beyond in-depth topics in your concentration and core courses in recreation, you’ll explore related issues in the behavioral, natural and social sciences, health, political science, sociology and education. You’ll also learn about research methods and complete a master’s thesis or other culminating activity. When you successfully conclude the program, you may be qualified to sit for national certification examinations.

Internship Capstone Experience

Most students choose to cap their study with an internship experience that integrates theory with practice under the supervision of a SUNY Cortland faculty member and a professional in the field. Sites range from campus recreation programs and after-school activities to retirement communities, special event planning, camps, hospitals, inclusive community recreation, historical and cultural interpretation at national park units, university program management or commercial resorts.

Career Potential

Recreation affects all walks of life and all ages. The M.S.Ed. in recreation education from SUNY Cortland gives you the tools to create a rewarding career serving a wide range of audiences, whether you remain in education or shift to the field of recreation and parks. You may choose options such as teaching in public or private schools, serving as an activity director at an after-school program, managing a state park or becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. You’re also well prepared to pursue the Ph.D. at graduate schools such as Cornell, Clemson, University of Illinois, North Carolina State University and University of Florida.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045
  3. Documentation of teaching certification or eligibility for teaching certification in any subject area issued by the New York State Education Department
  4. A resume, uploaded as part of online application process
  5. A one- or two-page statement of your educational and professional goals, uploaded as part of online application process
  6. Names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references, submitted as part of online application process
    Note: At least one reference must be academic. Letters of recommendation are not  required.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree, completed before classes begin, in any academic major. Students without certain recreation course work may be required to complete three to nine hours of corequisite course work.
  2. Teaching certification or eligibility for teaching certification in any subject area issued by the New York State Education Department. Persons without such should apply for the Master of Science in Recreation degree.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or above, on a 4.0 scale. Students who feel they are qualified in spite of an undergraduate grade point average below a 2.8 are encouraged to contact the department before applying for admission.
  4. A grade point average above 2.8 does not guarantee admission. Other application materials are considered. Spaces in the program may be limited.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Recreation Education [RED] M.S.Ed.

Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program (2015-16 Catalog Content) (Other)

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department
Sharon Todd, chair
Lynn Anderson, certificate program coordinator
Anderson Young, graduate coordinator
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
607-753-4941
Email: rpls@cortland.edu

Overview

Improve your knowledge and skills in the dynamic field of therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy.

Therapeutic recreation focuses on leisure and recreation as integral components of optimal health and well-being for individuals with illnesses and disabling conditions. The Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program will help you develop your proficiency and achieve a higher level of competence and professionalism in an exciting and growing field.

Program Highlights

The Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program is a graduate-level program comprised of six, three-credit-hour courses including:

  • One general recreation theory/philosophy course
  • Five therapeutic recreation content courses structured around the requirements of national certification

This online program is ideal for:

  • People wishing to pursue national certification in therapeutic recreation but lacking specific academic courses
  • Career changers or practicing professionals pursuing continuing education
  • Graduate students seeking additional course work in an online format
  • People who would find on-campus classes difficult to manage because of work, location or family

This flexible program allows you to:

  • take all six courses to earn the certificate or
  • to be considered for a full master’s degree program or
  • to just take a course or two to fulfill continuing education requirements

Therapeutic Recreation Certification

Academic Requirements

To be awarded the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential, you must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a knowledge-based exam.

This graduate certificate program is designed to meet the therapeutic recreation academic requirements that you will need to take the national exam with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification via Equivalency Path A or B. 

It does not provide support courses or practical experience such as mentored practice for one year or five years of experience in the field. These requirements are often met through related undergraduate degrees, community college courses, other online courses at SUNY Cortland such as developmental psychology, or your own work experience.

Learning Outcomes for the Certificate Program

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the therapeutic recreation profession and its associated service delivery systems as well as the foundations of the therapeutic recreation profession in history, theory, science and philosophy.
  • The ability to assess, plan, implement, document and evaluate therapeutic recreation services that facilitate targeted outcomes and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  • Entry-level knowledge about management/administration of therapeutic recreation services.

Career Potential

Therapeutic recreation specialists serve persons of all ages with a wide range of disabling conditions and illnesses such as behavioral, mental health, physical, and/or developmental disabilities.

These qualified professionals work in all levels of positions from therapists to supervisors to administrators.

Employment settings range from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities, outpatient/day treatment centers, adult day programs, correctional facilities, disability organizations, schools, community parks and recreation departments, human services, residential/transitional facilities, and more.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to
  3. Resume
  4. Statement outlining your educational and professional goals.

Graduate Admissions Office
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Admissions Criteria

  1. Bachelor’s degree, completed before classes begin, in any academic major.
  2. Preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Pathway to M.S.

Once you have completed the Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program, you may choose to pursue a Master of Science in Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, which is offered on campus.  

In order to apply for a change of status from the certificate program to the M.S. program, you must have met all the graduate academic standards for GPA in the certificate program:  

  • maintain at least a 2.8 GPA each semester while in the program, and
  • have a 3.0 GPA to graduate from the program and earn the certificate.

All 18 credit hours earned in the certificate program fulfill requirements for the M.S., which consists of 34 credit hours — 33 credit hours plus a one-credit hour culminating thesis, project or comprehensive exam activity. You will have 13 credit hours remaining at SUNY Cortland plus a semester-long three-credit-hour capstone internship at a pre-arranged agency.

 

Program Details for Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program (2015-16 Catalog Content)

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