Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IU has long offered RT distance learning program

Someone just asked about the availability of graduate programs in RT via distance learning on the TR Directory on Facebook. I replied that Indiana University has offered an M.S. degree in RT via distance learning since the 1980s.

That prompted me to prepare this post for the RT Blog. I also sent out info to those on ATRAnet.

More than 75 individuals have received their masters’ degrees through IU’s distance learning program – from all over the United States and Canada. 100s of individuals have taken courses to update their skills or meet NCTRC requirements (as students can take up to 12 semester hours as “nondegree students” without applying for admission).

Professor Marieke VanPuymbroeck is the RT Coordinator at Indiana University. She may be contacted at

Below I’ve copied and pasted information from an IU website that describes the M.S. program in recreational therapy (IU has recently changed the name of its program from TR to RT).

Therapeutic Recreation
The purpose of the Master's program in Therapeutic Recreation is to prepare students to become practitioners in this field. This includes the provisions of interventions that promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities through the use of recreational programming. All students pursuing a master's degree complete 35 graduate credit hours, including core courses and 18 graduate credit hours within their area of specialization. All master's candidates complete a capstone experience - either an intensive master's project that summarizes the knowledge and skills obtained from coursework, a master's thesis based on research related to the specialty area, or a graduate internship. The student's area of specialization determines which capstone experience is pursued.


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