The following links provide information pertaining to the COAPRT Standards. Programs must comply with the most current version of the standards.
Therapeutic Recreation Guidelines
Park and Recreation Administration Learning Outcomes
Accreditation is a process that involves the use of standards. Standards are criteria for evaluating the quality of a Program. They define Program characteristics as well as student outcomes of the Program that are related directly and indirectly to student acquisition of knowledge, skills, and the ability to apply concepts fundamental to the profession, and that result from effective instruction. Programs seeking accreditation must demonstrate compliance with each of the standards.
The standards and evaluative criteria are concerned with the following topics, organized as shown below.
1.00 Eligibility Criteria (6 standards)
2.00 Mission, Vision, Values and Planning (5 standards)
3.00 Administration (7 standards)
4.00 Faculty (7 standards)
5.00 Students (5 standards)
6.00 Instructional Resources (8 standards)
7.00 Learning Outcomes (4 standards)
The learning outcomes presented in this series of standards are designed to elicit evidence of student learning in the Program’s foundation areas including, a) historical, scientific, and philosophical foundations; b) design, implementation and evaluation of park, recreation and human service experiences; and, c) operational and strategic management of organizations in parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.