Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
Beth VanDerveer, Chair
The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy offers undergraduate academic programs in Physical Education/Teacher Education and Recreation Studies. Minors in Coaching Education, Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Recreation Management are also available along with the Ecotourism Certificate Program. Committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, the undergraduate academic programs in the Department are accredited by national accrediting organizations: the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Department is committed to promoting the pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition to programs at the undergraduate level, the Department provides graduate programs in Recreation Studies (on-campus) and Coaching Education (on-campus and online and soccer coaching education online). See the graduate catalog for more information.
The department’s mission is to improve well being through physical activity, recreation and sport. This mission is achieved through quality academic coursework, experiential learning, scholarship and service to the university, community and related professions.
The Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy offers the following academic programs:
Outdoor Recreation and Education Major (B.S.R.S.) - BS8156
Physical Education Major (B.S.P.E.) - BS8106
Recreation Management Major (B.S.R.S.)
Coaching Education Minor (ORCOED)
Outdoor Recreation and Education Minor (OR8156)
Recreation Management Minor (OR8109)
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students in Physical Education/Teacher Education develop their academic background, instructional skills and physical talents, as well as preparation to enter the work force. Extensive field experiences at all levels of the curriculum through its uniquely designed methods course sequence are provided. A cooperative network of area schools is well-established and maintained to provide our students with opportunities to strengthen their instructional competencies. The Physical Education major has high quality laboratory facilities such as a teaching gymnasium, biomechanics lab, exercise physiology lab, and numerous outdoor teaching spaces. The Physical Education major prepares students to teach physical education from pre-K through grade twelve.
Students in the Outdoor Recreation and Education major and Recreation Management major qualify for direct leadership, supervisory, and administrative positions in a wide variety of recreation and leisure services professional settings. Some of these settings include city park and recreation departments; collegiate recreation; state and federal parks and protected areas; youth services agencies; residential camps; nonprofit civic and religious organizations; and high adventure programs and guide services.
Recreation Studies also uses a variety of Campus Recreation facilities, including the Ping Student Recreation Center, the Golf and Tennis Center, Bird (Ice) Arena, the Aquatic Center, and the Challenge Course as part of their student-centered learning environments. The strong connection with the Division of Campus Recreation allows us to provide unique learning experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom.