Recreation Program Leader
School of Community Services

Recreation Program Leader Diploma Program Online

Recreation Program Leader graduates have the foundational knowledge and skills to qualify for career opportunities as Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Coordinators within the Recreation and Leisure sector.

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Program Overview

The Recreation Program Leader Online graduate works in the recreation and leisure services industry and facilitates recreation programs in recreation departments, colleges, resorts, not-for-profit and other recreation facilities. Requiring strong organizational and communication skills, the Recreation Program Leader is integral to the effective running of recreation services within the communities and institutions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and implementing recreation and leisure programming
  • Planning and running recreation special events
  • Facilitating different types of programs (therapeutic, sports-based, recreation and leisure, outdoor, etc.)
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Partnering with community groups, organizations and businesses

Program Delivery

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations and via Robertson Online. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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Program Details

Quick Facts

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Duration:

21 Weeks (4 months)

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Schedule:

5 Days a Week
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Practicum:

3 weeks
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Admission Requirements

Our admissions agents can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. This program is not currently open to International Students.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in businesses of all sizes, across a variety of sectors.

  • Recreation Service Coordinator
  • Recreation Worker
  • Events Assistant, Athletics
  • Fitness Attendant
  • Sports & Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Program Leader
  • Recreation Leader
  • Leisure Program Leader
  • Activities Leader – Senior
  • Activities Leader – Youth
  • Recreation Technician
You could be earning in less than a year
$31,200-$49,920

Lifetime Career Services

Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.

Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.

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Next Start Dates

Virtual Classroom
July 19, 2021
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Topics of Study

Arts, Culture and Heritage in Recreation (40 Hours)

This course introduces students to the influence of arts, culture and heritage in recreation and leisure programming. Students will explore the vital role of these in fostering vibrant communities and enhancing the personal quality of life. Students will explore different models, locations, and facilitation methods. Students will become aware of the scope and diversity of leisure and lifestyle opportunities that are available to both themselves and the various client groups.

Career Preparation (40 Hours)

This course introduces students to career preparation strategies. Students will be introduced to job search strategies, interviews and other career management strategies.

Health and Wellness Education (40 Hours)

*This course includes practical application (hands-on programming assignments)

In this course, students will explore the concept of health and wellness and the role of leisure and recreation activities in helping individuals in leading enjoyable, healthy and satisfying lives. Students will explore the factors that influence health and develop an understanding of the recreation practitioner’s role in supporting health and wellbeing.

Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Programming (40 Hours)

This course introduces students to the field of recreation and leisure studies. The course will provide students with the opportunity to understand the significance and impact of the field on society, and on individual health and wellness. Students will be introduced to the history of the field, relevant models, standards of practice and regulatory guidelines. Students will explore emerging issues and trends within the discipline.

Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (40 Hours)

This course introduces students to the field of therapeutic recreation. The course will provide students with the opportunity to understand the significance and impact of the field on society, and individual health and wellness. Students will be introduced to the history of the field, relevant models, standards of practice and regulatory guidelines. Students will explore emerging issues and trends within the discipline.

Outdoor Recreation (40 Hours)

*This course includes practical application

This course provides students with the practical skills to support outdoor recreation within a variety of environments. Students will be introduced to outdoor recreation activities, required equipment, how to select venues and risk reduction strategies. Students will be given the opportunity to apply these skills within an outdoor setting.

Practicum (120 Hours)

The practicum experience is composed of an integrated work and learning experience. Students are expected to complete 120 hours of practical experience in a professional setting within the leisure, recreation, and fitness workplace environment. The course is designed to help students integrate academic learning with the realities of the work environment.

Program Planning (40 Hours)

*This course includes practical application

This course provides students with theoretical and practical experiences in developing recreation and leisure programming. Students will be introduced to the different stages of the program design including program planning, implementation, evaluation and monitoring. Students will be introduced to reporting and record-keeping requirements associated with recreation and leisure programming.

Recreation Across the Lifespan (40 Hours)

*This course includes practical application

This course introduces students to human growth and development throughout the lifecycle. Physical, social, emotional and cognitive maturation across all stages of development from early childhood to older adulthood will be examined. Students will explore barriers to leisure and recreation participation, the impact of recreation on different age groups, and explore the value of recreation for different ages. Students will develop the skills to provide high-quality programming across the lifespan.

Special Events (40 Hours)

*This course includes practical application

This course provides students with the theory and practical understanding required to successfully plan and deliver a special event. Course topics include using planning models, event themes, site selection, promotion, risk management, and event administration. This course will give students the opportunity to understand the complex issues and relationships that surround event planning.

Online Learning

Study Anywhere
You choose where you learn. Robertson Online offers flexible courses that give you the freedom to study where, when and how it works best for you. You’ll stay up-to-date with weekly assignments and quizzes on Brightspace, so you won’t fall behind.

Instructor Support
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience and insight into the classroom. You’ll have virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can book video appointments and use the instant messenger to ask questions.

The Power of Brightspace
All Robertson Online courses are hosted on Brightspace, our online-learning hub. You can study anytime, anywhere and access your course materials, submit assignments and connect with your instructors and peers, all through the online tool.

How It Works

Visit the How It Works page to learn more about our online student experience. To learn more about how Brightspace gives you everything you need to succeed in your online courses, click here.

Financial Assistance & Funding

Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Practicum

The practicum is an essential part of a student’s program. It is not merely a graduation requirement; it is an extension of the in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.

Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrolment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment and is presently available in 2 formats:

  • A jointly-procured practicum where you work directly with our WorkForce team to enhance your career development skills while obtaining a placement
  • A structured training related project delivered by industry professionals. Developed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, this option allows you to stay on track to graduate if restrictions prevent physical placements

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Program Availability

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations and via Robertson Online. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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