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Department of Physical Education and Recreation

Web: Department of Physical Education and Recreation
School of Education, Business, and Human Services

Christen Smith, Chair
Field House, Room 144D

The Physical Education and Recreation Department offers a major in physical education and recreation, and minors in recreation and sport programming and athletic coaching at the undergraduate level.  In an era in which health care costs have become one of the largest single expenditure in the U.S., the central importance of physical activity and active lifestyles in preventing and improving a wide variety of health conditions is now well understood.   The Physical Education and Recreation major prepares students to become leaders in promoting health enhancing physical activities.  Students acquire professional content knowledge and develop skills in planning, leading, and managing recreation, sports, and physical activity programs in a variety of community settings.   The major prepares students for careers related to active lifestyles that contribute to an improved quality of life. The major program emphasizes Gallaudet University's unique approaches to bilingual communication that accommodate Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals.

Graduates are prepared for entry level position in the areas of physical education, recreation, and sports, as well as 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 within the recreation profession, the expanding fitness industry, or education.  Students are required to complete an internship experience.  Fieldwork opportunities are available with a variety of recreation, afterschool and summer youth programs, as well as athletics.   If a student is interested in pursuing teacher certification, additional courses and practicum experience beyond the physical education and recreation major, will be required including enrolling in an accredited teacher preparation undergraduate or graduate program.

While no university degree ensures employment, graduates who have tailored their programs and work experiences to market opportunities have done well in securing relevant career positions. It is the department faculty's goal to develop and maintain close ties to the profession to help students become leading candidates for jobs upon graduation.

Declaring a Major

Requirements for Admission to a Major in Physical Education and Recreation

Students seeking admission to a major in Physical Education and Recreation must satisfy the following minimum criteria:

■ A cumulative GPA of 2.3
■ Completion of PER 110, PER 120, and BIO 105 with a grade of C or better.
■ Completion of the department application process including completion of an application form, two letters of reference, transcript, and an essay.
■ To continue and graduate  as a Physical Education and Recreation major, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 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.

Applications are reviewed once each semester.  After  the application materials are 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.

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.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  administratively dropped from the course or asked to withdraw (WD).

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.

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