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Health & Safety Information

Remote work and classes will continue through Sunday, January 30, 2022. All student services will remain accessible both remotely and in person, and athletics, theatre and most other events will continue as planned. For more information, view the university's health and safety protocols. Visit the  Winter 2022 Student Services Guide for information about student support services and campus activities available during the remote period.

What You Learn

In New Jersey's only therapeutic recreation degree program, you will gain practical skills that will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community-based programs and schools.

  • Plan, manage and administer recreation-based treatment interventions for diverse populations
  • Collaborate on treatment teams with speech and occupational therapists
  • Build a professional network in rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities and other venues that require your services after graduation
  • Work directly with young people with disabilities through collaborations with Special Olympics and other organizations

Kean's therapeutic recreation program prepares you to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist exam.

B.A. in Recreational Therapy

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

Curriculum Sheets and 4-Year Plans

Minor in Recreational Therapy

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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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CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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