College Adds Online Certificate in Recreation

 College Adds Online Certificate in Recreation

02/13/2015 

SUNY Cortland’s Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department has added an online graduate certificate program in therapeutic recreation — training that will offer master’s level coursework in a field focused on the quality of life of people with illnesses or disabilities.

The 18-credit program, which is slated to begin during the 2015-16 academic year, consists of six, three-credit courses. Applicants can apply immediately for fall semester admission.

“The reason I think people are drawn to this field is the variety it offers,” said Lynn Anderson, a SUNY distinguished service professor of recreation, parks and leisure studies. “You can work in areas like outdoor recreation and adaptive sports, all the way to a clinical psychiatric unit or a rehab hospital. There’s a lot of flexibility.”

Therapeutic recreation specialists work in many different settings, including hospitals, assisted living locations, recreation destinations and correctional facilities.

“You have to be a person in this field who doesn’t want routine or for every day to be the same because it never will be,” Anderson said. “That’s why people love it.”

The graduate certificate should appeal to people who are seeking the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) national certification but lack specific academic courses, especially professionals who may already work in the field. Currently only four states have therapeutic recreation or recreation therapy licensure laws in place. Several more are moving in that direction, including New York state, Anderson said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of all people in recreation therapist job titles are not nationally certified.

“If licensure laws go through, that’s a huge group of people that would have to change their job function or title,” Anderson said. “The good news is that they’re all people who would easily qualify for the national certification as long as they can get the academic coursework.”

The program’s online format allows easy access for people who might find it difficult to attend classes on a college campus because of work, family or location. An undergraduate degree in the recreation field is not required.

Only a handful of online programs exist in the therapeutic recreation discipline, Anderson said. SUNY Cortland already boasts the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York state. The College historically has been one of only three U.S. colleges or universities with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

All of the certificate program’s coursework fulfills the requirements of SUNY Cortland’s Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation, meaning students will need only 13 more credits and a three-credit capstone internship if they wish to continue on in their graduate studies. For students looking to take the CTRS national certification exam through an equivalency path, one year of paid experience supervised by a certified therapist or five years of work experience in the therapeutic recreation field are required.

Courses for the graduate certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters or they can be spread out over time. At the outset, courses will be offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Anderson said the department hopes to enroll 25 students from across the country in the program’s initial cohort.

“The people who succeed in this field are driven by their patients’ goals and dreams and needs,” Anderson said. “The medium is the whole world of recreation, which goes from very intellectual activities to high adventure activities.

“Therapeutic recreation really is a renaissance field.”

To learn more about the new graduate certificate program, visit the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department website or contact Anderson at 607-753-4942.


More News

Blackbird Film Festival Returns

Blackbird Film Festival Returns

Over 140 short films to screen in festival that is free and open to the public.


'Color My College' 5k Coming April 23

'Color My College' 5k Coming April 23

Students can enjoy a colorful 5K run on Sunday that's for a good cause.


April the Giraffe Shares Cortland Connection

April the Giraffe Shares Cortland Connection

A biology major who works at Animal Adventure Park was there in person to see the world-famous baby giraffe’s first steps.


Acclaimed Pianist to Unveil New Work at Cortland

Acclaimed Pianist to Unveil New Work at Cortland

Avant-garde musician Margaret Leng Tan will perform a free concert on campus


Piscataway Nation to Perform April 26

Piscataway Nation to Perform April 26

The Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers will dance, drum and sing with authenticity.


Students Model European Union in Big Apple

Students Model European Union in Big Apple

Twelve attended the Model European Union conference held March 30-April 2.


Holocaust Memorial Events Planned

Holocaust Memorial Events Planned

Leibel Mangel will recount serving in Israel's military on Thursday, April 20.


Science Based Club Created for Scholarship

Science Based Club Created for Scholarship

Current Research in Biology (CRIB) exposes students to novel research.


College Writing Committee Posts Winners

College Writing Committee Posts Winners

Seven students will be awarded for writing excellence during the 2016 academic year.


Senior BFA Major to Present Thesis Exhibition

Senior BFA Major to Present Thesis Exhibition

Justin Pribulick will display his work in Dowd Center April 27-May 12.


Explore

Visit

Contact