The mission of the Recreation Management major at IWU is to develop socially acceptable uses of leisure time and recreation activities that will positively impact individuals through improved health, better relationships and improved performance in the workplace. In essence, the goal is to improve each community’s quality of life. Recreation Management faculty educate students to become administrators, entrepreneurs, educators, therapists, and coordinators. Both public and private recreation preparation are included in the major.

Therapeutic recreation is an expanding area of expertise utilized in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health centers. IWU’s program prepares students for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam and for employment in community and clinical settings. This requires five Therapeutic Recreation Services courses as well as specified course work in other subjects.

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Required Activity Courses

Students are also required to choose six activities from the following:


* PHE-122 (Active Recreation Games) can be repeated with a focus on Aquatics (1), Individual Dual Sport Activity (1) or Team Sport Activity (1).

Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) Courses

This program prepares students to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam. Those who successfully complete this exam will become Certified Recreation Therapists. Interested students must major in Recreation Management and also take Anatomy and Physiology I and II. The equivalent of a Psychology minor is also required. Five Therapeutic Recreation Service (TRS) courses are required, of which two are already taken in the Recreation Management major. All other requirements must be completed as outlined by the NCTRC. The certification is awarded by the NCTRC and not the University.




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