Credit Options, Requirements & Registration
First off, credit is optional to CMU students
selected on the Disney program….Disney does not require credit be taken, nor
does CMU. Students should check with their
major advisor to see if their major does offer some type of credit (internship,
independent study or practicum credit) for this experience. If not, students may want to discuss credit
options with the RPL department.
RPL does make fieldwork credit available to
all students selected on the program no matter what major or class status
(Fr-Sr). Students selected on the Disney
College Program may earn from 1-12 credits from the Department of Recreation,
Parks & Leisure Services (RPL) for their entire experience at Disney which
includes work performance, classroom experience and living/cultural experience.
318: (1-12 credits)… Field Course in Recreation Specialization
Description: A supervised practical experience for a
student working as a specialist in a recreation/tourism program.
is like earning internship/practical credit for work and experience in entry level
positions in the recreation/tourism profession. (This is a variable credit class where the student selects the amount
of credit they would like to earn. Each
credit is worth a full 40 hour work week or accumulated hours.)
There are 4
requirements to complete to earn the RPL fieldwork credit. Students will:
Submit a final paper, a reflection of
Submit a Disney Performance Evaluation form,
given to the student by their Disney manager at the end of the program.
Complete two informational networking interviews
with two professional Disney Cast Members of the student’s choice.
Complete one Disney collegiate class or Disney Exploration Series course, student’s choice.
student determines how much CMU fieldwork credit they would like to earn based
on need and how it will assist them with CMU academic requirements for
students who are not majoring in recreation, they are advised to seek an
academic advisor to help determine their need or if credit is available to them
from their own academic major. In many
situations, RPL credit may be the student’s only option to earn credit for
their experience at Disney. For non-RPL
majors, RPL credit has primarily been used to benefit a student:
- As general elective credit to
fulfill graduation requirements.
- To meet the graduation
requirement of having taken at least 40 credits of 300 level and above
- To help students remain a full
time student for financial aid, scholarship, bank or parent’s insurance
CMU Course Registration
Students who want to enroll
for CMU credit for their experience at Disney and have received approval from
their major advisor or RPL department, can enroll as a student normally does by
going online when enrollment is open and register for the class desired with
the appropriate number of credits.
a student finds themselves in a situation where they are waiting to hear back
from Disney about an offer or is in the process of deciding to accept or
decline an offer and CMU enrollment begins for the next semester, we would
encourage students to go ahead and enroll as if they were going to be here on
campus for that next semester. It is a
lot easier to drop classes later if and when a Disney offer has been made than
to try and add classes afterwards if the answer is no.
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