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Parks and Recreation Management Program

The Recreation Administration Program (RAP) is designed to prepare students for entry-level, supervisory/middle management and administrative positions in recreation and leisure service organizations. Settings can include community/governmental, voluntary/nonprofit, commercial, private membership, armed forces, employee, campus and therapeutic recreation. The course work includes study in administration and management, event, facility, finance, human resource, marketing, risk management, and technology. Experiential education and applied learning is the primary focus of the Program. Students study in recreation administration/management work experiences, including practicum and internships, work with public, semi-public and private organizations at the local, state, district, national, or international levels. All students graduating with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Recreation Administration from NC Central University earn a minimum of 500 hours of professional field experience.

The Program encompasses three concentrations pertaining to recreation administration:

  1. Parks and Recreation Management
  2. Recreational Sports Management
  3. Recreational Therapy.

Each concentration represents a distinct area of professional preparation, and reflects universal integrative themes of leisure service provision, which contributes to Department, College and University’s mission of preparing students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society.

Parks and Recreation Management

This option is designed for those students who are interested in the management of recreation and leisure service agencies, designing activities in Sport Programs, Special Events, Social Programs, and Cultural Programs, which provides opportunities for individuality, creativity, and self-expression in the following areas: Art, Dance, Drama, Experiential, Intellectual, and Music. This option culminates in a 10 week/400-hour internship, a practical work experience at an approved site with expert supervision. Through this experience, students gain managerial and administrative skills as well as valuable contacts for future employment. The course of study provides students with the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pass the National Recreation and Parks Association Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Examination.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Catherine Dorwart
cdorwart@nccu.edu
North Carolina Central University
Department of Physical Education and Recreation
PO Box 19542, Room C203, Walker Complex
Durham, NC  27707
(919) 530-6355

Recreational Sport Management

To meet the needs of the recent growth in the sport industries, sport managers are in demand. This option, which includes either a minor in Business Administration or Sport Coaching, prepares students for career opportunities in sport fitness facilities, professional and collegiate sport teams, exercise and fitness/swim/golf/racquet clubs, municipal/high school/college/corporate/commercial intramurals and sport clubs, sport information, public/nonprofit/private sport agencies, and marketing sporting goods. This option culminates in a 10 week/400-hour internship, a practical work experience at an approved site with expert supervision. Through this experience, students gain managerial and administrative skills as well as valuable contacts for future employment.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Rob Stiefvater
stiefvater@nccu.edu
North Carolina Central University
Department of Physical Education and Recreation
PO Box 19542, Room C204, Walker Complex
Durham, NC  27707
(919) 530-7429

Recreational Therapy

The Recreational Therapy specialization is designed to prepare students to work with individuals with disabilities in positions in hospitals, institutions, parks and recreation programs, rehabilitation centers, and public schools. Recreational Therapy specialists are prepared in widely diversified program areas, such as art, sports, leisure education and counseling. They assist persons in making transition from institutions or schools to community recreation. Excellent practicum experiences are provided which translates theory into practice. This option culminates with a 560 hours/14-week internship, a practical work experience with expert supervision. The Program fulfills the requirements for licensure in Recreation Therapy established by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Students will be prepared to sit for national certification exams and can become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). 

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Lei Guo
lguo@nccu.edu
North Carolina Central University
Department of Physical Education and Recreation
PO Box 19542, Room C202, Walker Complex
Durham, NC  27707
(919) 530-6266

 
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