In 1996, 2003, and 2005, studies were conducted to examine therapeutic recreation curricula across the country and to describe their current status (Stumbo & Carter, 1999a, 1999b; Stumbo, Carter & Kim, 2004a, 2004b; Stumbo, Carter, & Folkerth, 2007). The intent of the present study was to re-examine, update, and compare therapeutic recreation curricula across the U.S. and Canada, organizing the results in a format similar to the original studies. Data are analyzed and reported in five sections: (a) university and unit, (b) faculty, (c) accreditation status, (d) curriculum, and (e) students. The results showed that therapeutic recreation curricula were located at universities and departments that varied widely. Faculty teach primarily with a load of four, three-hour courses per semester. Accreditation by COAPRT and CARTE are reported among the respondents. Curriculum changes included adding courses, internship requirements and assignments, and assessing student outcomes. Most undergraduate students who graduate are employed and become certified. Recommendations are made for therapeutic recreation stakeholders.
Author Norma J. Stumbo, Marcia J. Carter, Allison Wilder, Janell Greenwood
Volume Vol 47, No 3 (2013)