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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Certificate Programs

The certificate programs are available to 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

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.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.

Core Requirements

Take all of the following:

  • REC 351 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    Prerequisites: REC 100 or 300; REC 141, 225, or consent of instructor.
  • REC 451 Management of Therapeutic Recreation Services (3)
    Prerequisites: REC 351, 452 or consent of instructor.
  • REC 452 Therapeutic Recreation Treatment/Program Planning (3)
    Prerequisites: REC 351 or consent of instructor.
  • REC 453 Comprehensive Programming and Evaluation in Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    Prerequisites: REC 100 or 300, 141, 225, 351 or consent of instructor.
  • REC 458. Clinical Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation (3)
    Prerequisites: REC 100 or 300; 141, 225, or consent of instructor.
  • REC 498 Internship in Leisure Services (6-9)
    Prerequisites: Completion of all major requirements; 1000 hours of verified paid or volunteer leadership experience approved by faculty advisor, or 500 hours of experience and fluency in both English and a second language consistent with CSULB Language Proficiency Requirements; and consent of internship coordinator.

Take six units of advisor-approved Recreation courses.

Additional Courses:

Take 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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