Undergraduate Degree Pathway for Recreation Professionals

Go back to school? Stay at your job? Now you don’t have to choose.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies program at Brock University offers a degree pathway program for recreation professionals.

Courses are taught on weekends in a blended learning format of online plus face-to-face classes. Classes meet once a month, in locations in Toronto. All courses count toward a Brock University degree.

The best of both worlds. Engaging classroom learning with other experienced recreation practitioners plus the flexibility to learn on your own schedule.

Complete your degree at the pace that works for you.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER 2020 ADMISSION. SPACES ARE LIMITED. APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2019

  • Two year diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services, Recreation Therapy or a related field (Fitness & Health, etc.) with a cumulative 75% or higher average. Students may be prior graduates of any college or university.
  • Three years of full time (or a minimum of 6000 hours of part time) paid, non-seasonal employment in a recreation related profession.
  • Letter of employment verification from employer(s)
  • The blended learning model consists of both online and monthly in-person classes which take place at the Centennial College, Progress Campus in Scarborough.
  • These take place one weekend per month (No holiday weekends).
  • Parking at the Centennial College Progress Campus is FREE on Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Classes begin in May of each year.

Total tuition costs for the program may vary. The 2016/17 per 1.0 credit tuition rate for new students is $1275.53 plus applicable ancillary fees. All students must complete a minimum of 5.0 Brock credits to be awarded a Brock University degree.

Textbooks fees are additional and prices will vary.

Students may apply for the program through the Ontario University Application Centre website (www.ouac.ca) or directly through Brock University (please contact the university for more details).

RECL 2M97: Leisure Research and Reflective Practice

Strategies and approaches to quantitative analysis and qualitative inquiry in recreation and leisure studies for professionals.

Format: In class + online          Term: Fall 2018             Course weighting: 1 credit.

Class Dates: Saturday Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 8 (1:30pm = 5:30pm) + Sunday Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 9 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Location: Centennial College Progress campus

RECL 3M15: Administration of Community Recreation: Theory and Practice

Organizational development, finance, marketing and human resource management in recreation.

Format: In class + online          Term: Winter 2019        Course weighting: 1 credit.

Class Dates: Saturday Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 23, April 13 (9:00am – 5:30pm)

Location: Multiple locations in Toronto (different site each class).

RECL 3M25: Community Development, Diversity and Recreation: Theory and Practice

Community development and responsiveness to diversity in recreation service delivery, emphasizing inclusive theory and practice.

Format: In class + online          Term: Fall 2018 + Winter 2019               Course weighting: 1 credit.

Class Dates: Sundays Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 9 (1:30pm – 5:30pm) + Sunday Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 14 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Location: Centennial College Progress campus

RECL 3P04: Leisure and Health Relationships

Physical, psychological and social factors that affect leisure and health behaviours, including self-concept, social support and stress management. The role of leisure in the pursuit of life satisfaction.

Format: Online                        Term: Winter 2019        Course weighting: 0.5 credit.

RECL 3V12:  Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation for Professionals

Review and assessment of leisure education theory and evidence based practice in therapeutic recreation settings.

Format: In class + online          Term: Winter 2019        Course weighting: 0.5 credit.

Class Dates:    Sunday Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 14 (9:00am – 1:00pm)

Location: Centennial College Progress campus

RECL 3V22: Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation for Professionals

Review and assessment of leisure education theory and evidence based practice in therapeutic recreation settings.

Format: In class + online          Term: Winter 2019        Course weighting: 0.5 credit.

Class Dates:    Sunday Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 14 (1:30pm – 5:30pm)

Location: Centennial College Progress campus

RECL 3V32: Professional Issues in Therapeutic Recreation

Issues facing the field of therapeutic recreation, including but not limited to credentialing, strengths based practice. Efficacy research and settings for service.

Format: In class + online          Term: Fall 2018             Course weighting: 0.5 credit.

Class Dates: Sunday Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 9 (1:30pm – 5:30pm)

Location: Centennial College Progress campus

RECL 4P43: Gender, Leisure and Families

Feminist analysis on the relationships between gender, leisure and the family. Gendered aspects of leisure in a variety of social and cultural contexts, including families, informal and social settings, organized leisure and the media. Issues of resistance and reconstruction of gender relations and leisure as a form of political practice.

Format: Online                        Term: Winter 2019        Course weighting: 0.5 credit.

Please Note: Additional courses are offered at the Brock campus, including some courses in evenings. To view these courses, please view our program timetable on the Brock University website.

“Having core classes in person one weekend a month allowed for connection with other professional students which allowed for very vibrant discussion about the content of classes.  Because of this group of people on the weekends being mainly professional with more experience the content was very relatable and useful.”

-Blair Chard, Recreation Therapist, The Royal Mental Health Centre, Brockville ON

Recreation and Leisure Studies

Mike Fawkes
Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Office: STH 329
905-688-5550 X 4098
mfawkes@brocku.ca