Student volunteer working with a child at an inclusive summer camp.

Do you love working with people and creating positive change? Help individuals overcome barriers and get the most out of life through Therapeutic Recreation (TR).

What will I get out of the program?

  • Learn how to plan recreation activities for, and contribute to the inclusion of special populations, such as persons with physical or developmental disabilities, older adults, youth-at-risk, and those living with mental health challenges.
  • Take part in required practicum and internship placements to learn how to assess the needs of clients and deliver customized programming in both clinical (e.g., long-term care facilities) and community settings.
  • Be eligible for registration with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) and certification with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Sample courses

  • Therapeutic Recreation: Developmental and Emotional Disabilities
  • Therapeutic Recreation: Physical Disabilities
  • Therapeutic Recreation Facilitation Techniques
  • Leisure and Well-being
  • Program Management and Evaluation

Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar for a full list of courses and the course sequence in this major.

How do I choose this major?

Apply to Recreation and Leisure Studies (co-op or regular) and then choose Therapeutic Recreation as your "subject of major interest". You'll be admitted to Recreation and Leisure Studies, and then be placed into Therapeutic Recreation when you start your studies in the fall.