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Professors Laurene Rehman and Jerry Singleton talk to students about the Recreation Orientation weekend that first year students in the Leisure program attend.


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Helping in your community

Professor Karen Gallant shows students in her Community Development class ways to get involved in their community.


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Taking time for fun

Leisure students taking time from class work to have some leisure time with their fellow classmates.


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Therapeutic Recreation Program

Recreation focuses on the use of recreation and leisure experiences to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, illnesses and other limitations.


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Recreation at Dal:

  1. We're recognized. We are one of the only programs in Canada that prepares you to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
  2. We're close knit. Our small class sizes mean you’ll get to know your classmates and teachers.
  3. You'll learn from the best. Our professors are renowned in their fields and incredibly accessible.
  4. You'll find a fulfilling career. The breadth of knowledge you'll acquire will open up numerous career options after graduation.
  5. You'll do hands-on work. The 14-week internship in your final year will provide you with valuable work experience.
  6. We work together. You’ll expand your opportunities through interprofessional learning with other programs.
  7. We prepare you. Our grads consistently score higher than the average overall NCTRC exam grade.

What will I learn?

Learn how to have fun

In addition to the essential core courses in the program, you can also choose from a variety of elective courses. From leisure theory and program planning to counselling for youth at risk, Therapeutic Recreation offers a wide range of topics to suit your interests.

What can I do?

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No matter what career path you follow—whether a therapeutic recreation specialist in a hospital setting or an accessibility officer with a provincial government—the Recreation program will provide you with the skills you need to be a leader in recreation research, theory, and practice.