Exercise Science and Physical Education - 2011 University Catalog

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Chairperson: Susana Juniu

The Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education (ESPE) provides preparation in theory, technology, and research as they relate to the fields of physical education, adult fitness, exercise science, athletic training, coaching, and sports management.  In addition to academic programs in their fields, the Department offers an array of physical activity courses designed to meet the Physical Education requirement in the University's General Education Program. Graduates of our programs work in educational and corporate settings.

The undergraduate program is organized into three (3) academic programs: Athletic Training, Physical Education and Health Teacher Certification, and Adult Fitness.

Athletic Training majors prepare for careers as athletic trainers—that is, allied health professionals who provide health care for physically active individuals. The Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training prepare students for the national Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination. Graduates who pass the certification examination can be employed as Athletic Trainers in high schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, and professional athletic settings.  The ATEP is an accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Physical Education majors are prepared for teaching careers through Physical Education and Health Certification (P-12) and for professional/entrepreneurial careers in the fitness field.  The Adult Fitness concentration prepares students for careers in a corporate, clinical (cardiac rehabilitation), commercial, or community settings.  The Adult Fitness Program was honored with an outstanding Professional Preparation Award from the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

The graduate program in Exercise Science and Physical Education provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in the general field of exercise science and physical education, and to enhance their proficiency in an area of concentration—Exercise Science, Sports Administration and Coaching, or Teaching and Supervision of Physical Education.  The program is designed to develop and augment competencies necessary for teaching in school programs, athletic coaching, conducting individualized exercise programs, and administering physical education and/or athletics programs, and administering specialized exercise programs in non-school settings.

Programs of Study