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In New Jersey's only Recreational Therapy degree program, you will gain practical skills that will prepare you to work in a variety of settings. Recreational therapy students will participate in hands on experiences through labs and multiple fieldwork experiences to enhance their skills leading to employment as a recreational therapist.

Recreational Therapy students will learn how to:

  • Conduct leisure and functional assessments to determine their clients strengths and areas in need of improvement
  • Plan, manage and administer recreation-based treatment interventions and programs for people with disabilities, injuries, illnesses or limitations
  • Assist clients in developing the ability to adapt to their disability supporting inclusion, independence and maximum engagement in leisure and community activities for overall health and wellness
  • Collaborate with other health professionals including occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language therapists, behavioral health counselors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, physicians and others

Kean University’s Recreational Therapy program prepares you to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist exam administered by The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification; a requirement for being licensed as a Recreational Therapist in the State of New Jersey.

The Recreational Therapy program is offered at both the Kean Union and Kean Ocean campuses.


Frances Stavola-Daly, Ed.D., Professor
Pamela Griffin, Lecturer

B.A. in Recreational Therapy

Study therapeutic and recreational theory and practice to enable individuals to improve function and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Recreational Therapy Curriculum

Minor in Recreational Therapy

Kean Ocean

Recreational Therapy Pre-Professional Program

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My field experience allowed me to apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom to the workplace, which gave me an advantage when applying for jobs. I'm currently working at the same place where I completed my senior internship."

Veronica Spinden '18
Allied Clinical Therapist
Recreation Administration - Therapeutic Recreation - Veronica Spinden '18 - Allied Clinical Therapist

After Kean

Recreation therapists have meaningful careers in a variety of settings, helping people maximize independence and engagement in life and leisure as:

  • Recreation or activity therapists
  • Therapeutic recreation directors
  • Mental health specialists
  • Youth development counselors
  • Inclusion specialists
  • Life enrichment coordinators


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