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Recreation and Leisure Services

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
0008
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

This two-year diploma program will prepare graduates for a number of progressive careers in the diverse field of recreation and leisure services. Throughout the program, students will experience active learning opportunities that connect theory and practice through in-class projects, community connections, and practice placements, making learning engaging and meaningful. As champions of recreation and leisure services, students will provide leadership in designing, implementing, and evaluating inclusive programs for diverse populations (children, youth, adults and seniors). Through social entrepreneurship, students will enhance community wellness, research-informed practices, professional leadership, and interprofessional collaboration.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program (also available part-time)
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 80

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Recreation and Leisure Services - Program # 0008

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
Program Supply Fee $22.50 $22.50
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2332.75 $1942.75
Year Total   $4275.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
Program Supply Fee $22.50 $22.50
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2332.75 $1942.75
Year Total   $4275.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Recreation and Leisure Services - Program # 0008


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
Program Supply Fee $22.50 $22.50
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7401.75 $6747.75
Year Total   $14149.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
Program Supply Fee $22.50 $22.50
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7401.75 $6747.75
Year Total   $14149.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates find employment in the public sector (i.e. municipal community service departments, school boards, continuum of care facilities for seniors and special populations), commercial sector (i.e. outdoor education and recreation facilities, entertainment venues, travel and tourism agencies), and the not-for-profit sector (i.e. YMCA, YWCA, United Way, Big Brothers, Big Sisters). In addition, graduates have advanced standing opportunities toward degree completion in the Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development at Conestoga College. Graduates of the program will be considered for admission in the Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies at University of Waterloo and the Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University.

On average, 76% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PSYC1040 Developmental Psychology

Description: This course combines the numerous theories of human growth and development, as well as practical appliction of the material as it relates to the human services field. It includes physical, social, intellectual, emotional and behavioural development from the contest of both family and community. The course also examines unusual and abnormal development or behavioural patterns. One hour weekly seminars provide a human services related perspective to the material, each one focusing on a specific phase of the life span. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1060 Group Dynamics for Recreation

Description: This course is designed to provide the learner with the practical knowledge skills and abilities necessary to be proficient at oral communication. The course, facilitated through a co-operative learning approach, provides the learner with exposure to appropriate listening techniques, speaking interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, and conflict management applications. The course will increase the student's awareness and understanding of public speaking (making a speech, presentations), and conflict resolution (mediation, negotiation, debate), all necessary tools and techniques to be an effective recreation and leisure practitioner.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1120 Healthy Lifestyles Throughout the Lifespan

Description: This course will challenge learners to develop an appreciation of the value of healthy living for individuals throughout the lifespan, groups and communities. Learners will gain an understanding of the emerging importance of utilizing the vitality approach in recreation and leisure service program delivery and will research and assess intentional recreation and leisure healthy lifestyle strategies. Through an interprofessional delivery model lens, learners will observe, describe, and apply contribution of recreation and leisure services to healthy lifestyles throughout the lifespan.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1130 Introduction to Field of Recreation and Leisure

Description: With a view to introducing learners to the field, this course will explore the scope and diversity within the field of recreation and leisure services through practical and classroom experience. Learners will interpret philosophies and theories of recreation, leisure, play and wellness from a historic and emerging perspective. The intentional facilitation of recreation and leisure services as a part of a healthy lifestyle for individuals through the life cycle, and of varying needs, abilities and interests, will be examined. Through integrated experiences, learners will discover the personal, social, economic and environmental value and benefits of the public, nonprofit and commercial sectors and will create a portfolio that chronicles their discoveries.
Hours: 90
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
REC1080 Dynamics Of Leadership

Description: This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge, skills and practical applications required to lead or facilitate leisure activities. Leadership is an exciting component of the recreation practitioner's role. Learners are encouraged to integrate concepts and models of leadership theory with practical applications in the field of recreation. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1090 Program Planning

Description: The students will gain an appreciation for the necessity of clear and complete planning for a recreation and leisure services organization. The importance of consumer involvement in needs assessments, the organization of administrative functions in order to carry out the plan, and the evaluation of data for analysis, policy making and program modification will be studied. The emphasis of this course is on a servant leadership approach to programming.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1140 Volunteerism in Recreation & Leisure

Description: Volunteers are essential to leadership and service in the recreation and leisure field. Through this course, learners will gain a thorough understanding of volunteerism, volunteer management and interprofessional practice as it relates to volunteer engagement. Integrated curriculum coupled with community engagement will provide learners with the opportunity to define, analyse and apply a volunteer involvement model with not-for-profit agencies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC1150 Fundamentals of Practice

Description: Situated in community agencies, students will strengthen their appreciation of the diverse nature of recreation and leisure services field. Working with diverse groups in the community, they will assess needs, interests and abilities in order to develop, implement and evaluate inclusive programs and events. Through guided exploration and reflective seminars, students will identify the fundamental elements of professional practice and relate those elements to personal performance in the field.
Hours: 135
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2150 Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation

Description: This course includes both the philosophical and theoretical foundations of inclusive and therapeutic recreation services, including concepts and models of service delivery. Content includes individuals and groups dealing with various challenges related to disabilities, impairments and handicaps. Emphasis will be placed on populations experiencing economic and social disadvantages. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
REC2100 Special Event and Festival Planning

Description: The dynamic field of special event and festival management will be covered in this course. Topics include needs assessment and community research; event administration (human resources; finances; leadership); event co-ordination (contracts; on-site co-ordination; special services); marketing and sponsorship; risk management and legal issues; and event implementation and evaluation. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2160 Leisure Education in Recreation and Therapeutic Settings

Description: This course invites students to consider how recreation and leisure can be used as a therapeutic tool for promoting health and wellness. Students will promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure, and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events, and services for all individuals and groups in therapeutic settings. They will develop inclusive programs for diverse populations, articulate the reasoning for these programs and defend their therapeutic benefits for individuals, groups and communities. In addition, they will become familiar with the inter-professional nature of working in therapeutic settings and the process of referral to other related professionals.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2170 Community Research and Planning

Description: Community research and planning have emerged as increasingly important areas of focus in the field of recreation and leisure services. Through an integrative learning framework, learners will strengthen their theoretical knowledge of research and planning while uncovering applications in community settings. Through discussion, debate, and analysis, this course will emphasize the importance of evidence based practices and collaborative and inter-professional relations.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2180 Program Design and Development

Description: This course provides opportunity for learners to explore population focused program design and development. Through case studies and workshops, learners will review, and critique models of program design through a lens of community needs and accountability. In addition, learners will develop and defend innovative program designs that respond to community assets and needs. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2190 Expansion of Practice

Description: Situated in community agencies, learners will broaden their scope of practice and deepen their professional practice skills through field placement. Through guided reflections of their experiences and review of their portfolios, learners will create plans for expanding their professional practice through community involvement and engagement. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 170
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: REC1150
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
REC2010 Community Development

Description: This course gives students an appreciation of the process of community development. Students will investigate the concept of community development and the roles of community development practitioners. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2020 Applied Facilitation

Description: The course is designed to identify the skills, knowledge and abilities required to effectively facilitate recreation and leisure services. The role of facilitators in the process of community development and in volunteer management will be investigated. Students will have an opportunity to analyze their strengths and limitations as it relates to facilitation. This course will be offered through hybrid delivery with some classes on-line and some in-class.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2200 Advanced Therapeutic Practices in Recreation

Description: This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to explore the conceptual elements of health, wellness, quality of life, and leisure-related concepts in therapeutic practices in recreation. Models related to therapeutic recreation service provision and accountability will be investigated as will program and activity design tools. The course will focus on client assessment and the recreation practitioner's role on the inter-professional care team. Learners will be encouraged to integrate concepts and models through situated learning experiences. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: REC2160 or REC2160M
CoRequisites:

REC2210 Community Evaluation and Service Enhancement

Description: In this course the principles of community evaluation, the content areas and the processes will be explored through situated and integrative learning. The course will provide the learners with both a theoretical framework and practical guidelines for conducting evidence based evaluations. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of collaborative and inter-professional practice as well as individual, group and community accountability. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

REC2220 The Emerging Professional

Description: Building on previous field placement experiences, students will integrate theory and research through consolidated practices of inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities through direct leadership and community development strategies. Working as a member of a team, students will initiate ideas for service delivery, program development and event management, defend decisions, and create a plan for implementation. They will advocate for and promote the benefits and values of sustainable and inclusive recreation, leisure and healthy active living.
Hours: 170
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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