Therapeutic Recreation Graduate Certificate Program

Focus on Your Future

SUNY Cortland’s Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program offers graduate-level training comprised of six, three-credit-hour courses that include:

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

This flexible and innovative program allows you to:

  • Take all six courses to earn a certificate
  • Apply those courses to a full master's degree program, if desired
  • To take a few courses to fulfill continuing education requirements

Who Should Consider This Program

  • People who wish to pursue national certification in therapeutic recreation but lack the specific academic requirements
  • Workers seeking a career change or practicing professionals pursuing continuing education
  • Graduate students seeking additional course work in an online format
  • People who find on-campus classes difficult to manage because of work, family or location

What Our Students Say 

"I was skeptical about going back to school, let alone taking an online class. To be honest, I don't regret the decision one bit ... and I can't wait for the next class to begin. Being around others who were taking online classes, I thought it was just reading boring books and materials, but with webinars, videos and interactive PowerPoints, it's so much more. I felt like I was physically in a classroom with a teacher right in front of me."    
– Stephanie Crance

"The Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate program at SUNY Cortland was formative in my growth as a professional and influential in my philosophy of TR. You will leave this program excited to apply what you have learned form the classroom to the field."
– Megan Eakin

Program Course Curriculum 

  • REC 603 - Historical, Philosophical, Theoretical Perspectives of Leisure
  • REC 604 - Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • REC 530 - Therapeutic Recreation Process I: Assessment 
  • REC 533 - Therapeutic Recreation Process II: Planning, Implementation, Evaluation 
  • REC 535 - Therapeutic Recreation Interventions
  • REC 538 - Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation Services
  • Elective: REC 529 - Leisure Educations in Therapeutic Recreation

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Meet the Program Coordinator and Advisor

Professor Jackie Dyke, CTRS, is the coordinator for the Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate. She also serves as the academic advisor. Please contact Professor Dyke if you have any questions.

Jackie Dyke