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The Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation at Southeast Missouri State University has been preparing Recreation and Leisure professionals since 1988. The Recreation and Park Administration program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico.
Recreation and Park Administration students can choose from a wide variety of career paths including programming and administration of recreational services for city parks and recreation departments, non-profit organizations like YMCAs and Boy's and Girl's Clubs, branches of the military, and for people with disabilities and other special needs. View more possible career options available for the future recreation professional.
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7.01 - Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
87 % scored 80 or above on assessment items
7.02 - Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
88% scored above 80
7.03 - Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions.
Direct Assessment-Final Project with grading rubric