Welcome to the Division of Recreation Administration at Texas State University. Our mission is to prepare students for many different careers within the recreation profession, including but not limited to programming, leadership, management, inclusion, and therapeutic interventions in private, public, and not-for-profit agencies. Through participation in this curriculum you will learn how to design, implement, and evaluate recreation programs, build networks with professionals working in this field, and engage in hands-on-service learning opportunities in collaboration with area leisure service agencies. We currently have two career recreation administration and therapeutic recreation offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Our undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), which itself is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. This accreditation is important because according to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential." Read more on CHEA's website (http://www.chea.org) or watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills (http://youtu.be/a1voHNMQDrk). Further, being accredited indicates that our curriculum and operations meet standards set at a national level. To maintain this certification we regularly collect measures of student outcomes. Click here to review recent Student Learning Outcomes.
Please take a moment to explore our program through our webpage. If you have any questions, we will be glad to assist you with an answer. We provide contact information below.
Please contact us:
Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. Jo An Zimmermann
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Jan Hodges
Division of Recreation Administration
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Department phone: 512-245-2561
Department fax: 512-245-8678