Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

We offer two dynamic undergraduate degrees--one in Recreational Therapy (RT) and another in Recreation and Park Management (RPM)

Practitioners tell us that pre-employment experience is what makes ECU RCLS graduates stand out among job applicants, and faculty agree. Thus, practical experience of all sorts is a vital aspect of classes and program. Students participate in hands-on experiences in classes, through practicums with local recreation and health care agencies, summer independent study classes, and a semester-long internship. 

Graduates of the RPM program are eligible to sit for the exam to become Certified Parks and Recreation Professionals (CPRP) and graduates of the RT program are eligible to apply for state licensure and national certification as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

RCLS Undergraduate Society
Undergraduates in RCLS are active pre-professionals and one aspect of this is the RCLS Undergraduate Society. Almost one-half of RCLS undergraduates are active in the Society and many take on leadership roles. This group is a role model of service-learning for all of ECU. Each semester Society members plan and implement special events, raise money for underprivileged groups, assist at the local Senior Games, volunteer for Special Olympics, serve at the local food bank, and engage in a wide range of other service activities. Through their involvement, Society members are eligible for funding to attend professional conferences in the state and region.

MISSION STATEMENT

RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.

VISION STATEMENT

To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.

CORE VALUES

RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.