Graduate School and Professional Studies
Christen Smith, Chair
Field House, Room 144
Located in the Field House, the department offers one integrated major in physical education and recreation, and minors in athletic coaching, dance, and recreation and sport programming at the undergraduate level. The curriculum of study is designed to prepare students to plan, lead, manage and assess health-promoting activities for people of all ages and abilities in a variety of educational, community, and service environments. The major prepares students for entry level positions in the areas of physical education, recreation, and sport; as well as for continuation of study at the graduate level. The undergraduate program will prepare students to continue their preparation beyond the B.S. degree in management level training or education within the park and recreation field; for a role in the expanding fitness industry; or to continue toward professional teacher preparation coursework and state teacher certification requirements. Note that professional teacher preparation and teacher certification in the area of physical education must be pursued at an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at another university. If a student is interested in pursuing teacher certification at a future time, they must understand that the requirements for teacher preparation, certification, and licensure will include additional course and practicum requirements beyond the Gallaudet University physical education and recreation major including enrolling in an accredited teacher preparation undergraduate or graduate school program.
Student Learning Outcomes for the Major in Physical Education and Recreation
Students seeking admission to a major in Physical Education and Recreation must satisfy the following minimum criteria:
If a transfer student is interested in the major, they must meet with the department chair to discuss acceptance into the major.
Applications are reviewed once each semester. After an application is reviewed and assessed by the department's Acceptance Committee students are notified of the admission decision. Students accepted to the major will be assigned an academic advisor within the department. Students not admitted to the major may reapply by submitting new application materials.
To continue and graduate in the Physical Education and Recreation major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all major and related courses. Students not receiving a grade of "C" or better in a required or related course must repeat the course.
Students interested in pursuing the physical education and recreation major should consult the department's website and meet with the department chair as early as possible, preferably during their freshman year. Early contact with the department will assist students in developing their application to the major and planning a path to graduation. The major follows a progressive sequence necessary to meet upper level course pre-requisites and planning course sequencing is best accomplished with a department faculty advisor's assistance.
Some courses in physical education and recreation require the use of specialized safety equipment for participation. Students are required to procure at their expense all supplies outlined on the course syllabus and have these in hand in the classroom by the second week of the semester. Students who fail to have materials needed for instruction will risk being automatically dropped from the course or asked to withdraw (WD).
Additional information may be obtained from department's website or the department chair.