Physical Education

Health & Physical Education

The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department offers degrees in Physical Education or Recreation, Sport Management, and Athletic Training. The Physical Education major offers concentrations in Teacher Education, Coaching and Health and Wellness Promotion. The Recreation and Sport Management major offers concentrations in Sport Management, Recreation and Leisure Services Management, Aquatic Management, and Outdoor Recreation Management.

The Physical Education curriculum offers academic preparation for a variety of careers in the 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 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 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, motivation 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 Health & Wellness Promotion concentration and minor is designed to prepare the student to work in the field of Health and Wellness promotion 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 trainer 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.

Students majoring in Physical Education will complete internships in student teaching or appropriate professional settings.


Possible certifications for PE and RSM majors include:
• National Personal Trainer
• Coaching
• CPR, First Aid, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
• Lifeguarding/WSI (Water Safety Instructor)
• N.C. Teacher Licensure


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