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
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
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