Health, Human Performance & Recreation

Health, Human Performance & Recreation

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation offers a bachelor degree in Health and Human Performance or Recreation and Sport Management. The Health and Human Performance major offers concentrations in Physical Education Teacher Education, Coaching Education and Exercise and Wellness Promotion.

The Physical Education Teacher Education curriculum offers academic preparation for a variety of careers in the field of physical education. area. Courses focus on sports skills development, historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, kinesiological and physiological foundations of the discipline; working with atypical individuals; research and statistical foundations; and teaching methodology. Students in the Physical Education Teacher Education major will complete a student teaching internship which provides practical experiences and learning opportunities in a public school environment. Students who successfully complete the program in Physical Education Teacher Education will be eligible for licensure by the N C. Department of Public Instruction.

The Coaching Education concentration and minor is designed to prepare the student for the field of coaching at the youth league, elementary, middle, and high school levels. Class instruction will include skill analysis, motivational techniques, teaching progressions, the development of a coaching philosophy, coaching skills, practice management, game management, statistics, team organization and more. Program participants will be placed with sports teams during internships to implement skills learned in the classroom.

The Exercise and Wellness Promotion concentration and minor is designed to prepare the student to work in the field of Exercise and Wellness in multiple ways. The student will become versed in the principles of physical education, fitness and wellness assessment, implementation and promotion. Class instruction will include health education, personal training, exercise & nutrition prescription development, behavior modification and introduction to business and marketing. Those students participating in this concentration or minor have the opportunity to test for a national certification in personal training.


Possible certifications for Health, Human Performance and Recreation majors include:

  • N.C. Teacher Licensure
  • National Personal Trainer
  • Coaching
  • CPR, First Aid, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
  • Lifeguarding/WSI (Water Safety Instructor)


Graduates from the Health, Human Performance and Recreation program work in the following settings:

  • K-12 Schools
  • Professional Sport Team Organizations
  • Private Membership Clubs and Resorts
  • Community Parks and Recreation
  • Camp and Conference Centers
  • YMCAs
  • Sport Training Facilities