The undergraduate program includes a curriculum designed for professional preparation as a certified teacher of physical education, PK-12. Core courses for all physical education students include science-based courses, teaching methods, health and content-specific courses. Students engage in two formal field-based experiences:
- a 45-hour practicum consisting of on-site observational experiences in one or more public school settings; and
- a clinical experience (student teaching) in elementary and secondary schools during the final semester.
A minor in Coaching Science is also offered, for which a student does not need to be a Physical Education major.
MS in Health and Human Performance
The health and human performance program provides preparation at the master's level with the option of health promotion. The 36-hour degree offers a Thesis and Non-thesis (Creative Component) option. The program focuses on advancing the students understanding of the proximal and distal determinants of mental and physical health.
PhD in Health, Leisure and Human Performance
The purpose and focus of this program is to prepare excellent entry level research scholars for formal and informal learning organizations. They may serve in such roles as faculty members at colleges and universities and scholar practitioners in the workplace. Students meet their career needs and goals through:
- community-based, translational research and,
- classroom experiences focusing on social justice and diversity.
The option in health and human performance is designed to permit flexibility within the Health discipline while assuring that all students in the program are provided the opportunity to develop research skills which facilitate functioning as future faculty members or scholar practitioners.