Apr 01, 2023
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(130 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
Springfield College has been preparing recreation and leisure professionals for
almost fifty years, recognizing the contribution which recreation experiences
make to the quality of life. Leadership, management, and program skills are the
focus of the curriculum, which is accredited by the National Recreation and Parks
The therapeutic recreation services major is an accredited professional program
which prepares students to be certified as therapeutic recreation specialists.
Graduates plan, develop, implement, and evaluate therapeutic recreation services
in clinical and non-clinical settings. The program explores the use of recreation
services to improve or maintain physical, mental, emotional, and/or social functioning
and to assist individuals to achieve and sustain self-reliant, high-quality leisure
lifestyles. Employment opportunities within the therapeutic recreation profession
- hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities
- rehabilitation centers
- mental health and substance abuse agencies
- correctional facilities
- senior citizen centers
- camps and outdoor recreation settings
- sheltered workshops and vocational training centers
Therapeutic recreation services majors can complete the optional child life specialization
(requires 10 additional s.h.).
For more information about the therapeutic recreation services major, contact
Dr. Matthew J. Pantera, chairperson of the Sport Management and Recreation Department,
at (413) 748-3693 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (33 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Departmental Core Requirements (55 s.h.)
The recreation faculty and National Recreation and Parks Association adjust the
core and additional requirements from time to time in order to reflect trends
and the most current accreditation standards.
III. Related Core Requirements (42 s.h.)
IV. Optional Specialization in Child Life (10 s.h.)
V. Program and Advanced Standing Requirements
Therapeutic Recreation majors must qualify for advanced standing in order to
register for the third and fourth year sequences of required courses (including
Pre-Practicum and Internship).To qualify for advanced standing, the student must
meet the following standards by the conclusion of his or her sophomore year.
- The student’s overall cumulative grade point index must meet or exceed a 2.50
- Proper professional and responsible behavior is expected of each therapeutic
recreation student. This includes behavior while a student (on- and off-campus)
and as a member of the college community.
After achieving the minimum GPA, the student must maintain those standards through
the remainder of the program. If the student fails to meet or maintain those standards,
the faculty will review the student’s record and recommend departmental probation
(with appropriate prescription to overcome the deficiency) or dismissal from the
A student may appeal any action taken by the department regarding his or her
probation or dismissal from the major. In order to appeal, the student must submit
a letter to the department chairperson requesting a review of their status. This
appeal must be submitted within two weeks of the student being notified of his
or her probation or dismissal. The sport management and recreation chairperson
will call a meeting of the appropriate faculty to which the student will be invited.
The student will be notified within ten days of the meeting regarding the outcome
of their appeal.
VI. Sample Program by Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. In general, students should
take a minimum of 17 credits each semester to complete this major in four years.
The child life specialization requires an additional semester.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Mathematics, Computer Science,
Health, Literature, Second Language/Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, Social
Sciences, Philosophy, and Religion.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Spring or Fall Semesters
- PEAC 100* - Fitness for Life Credits: 1 s.h
- PEAC ___* - Skill Electives Credits / Units: 1 s.h.
- General Education Courses Credits / Units: 9-12 s.h.
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
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