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Program Description

The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program provides curricular and co-curricular experiences for students to become leaders in therapeutic recreation and related professions. Graduates meet requirements to apply for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Certification and licensure by the state of North Carolina.

TR Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize relevant concepts and theories.
    [history, philosophy, play, recreation, leisure]
  2. Relate behavioral knowledge to human function. [culture, diagnoses, etc.]
  3. Illustrate best practices for human service providers. [professionalism, models of service delivery, role and function of human service provider, legal/regulations, SOP, professional involvement]
  4. Authentically assess individuals and communities.
  5. Design various plans for effective service provision. 
  1. Implement person-centered programs and services.
  2. Explain concepts and procedures related to management.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically and to solve problem.
    [evaluation, research]
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communication effectively. [oral, written]
  5. Apply knowledge, skills, and abilities in structured authentic situations. 

Programs of Study

Therapeutic Recreation


Current graduates meet educational requirements to apply for certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Certification and licensure by the state of North Carolina. Students should consult with the licensing boards of NJ, OK, NH, and UT regarding specific requirements for those states. The WSSU Therapeutic Recreation Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Park, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

These disclosures do not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny an application. Additionally, these disclosures do not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect an application for licensure that occurs after these disclosures have been made. Students should check the Professional Licensure material before registering for classes each session for the most up-to-date information.

Winston-Salem State University is a member of the National Council State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC- SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs (both online and learning placements) and coursework to students located in states other than North Carolina. Membership does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements. Licensing requirements in North Carolina may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain a license in other states.

WSSU shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

Children watering plants.

Students engage in Horticulture therapy and development of many other outdoor or nature-based programs.

Play, Learn, and Grow Together cartoon image

Leisure, play, and recreation are very important. A major focus of the TR Program is experiences for student learning as well as the future participants the graduates will serve.

Hand painted to resemble a giraffe.

Innovation, creativity, critical thinking, and flexibility are developed throughout the learning process.