Physical Education, Health/Wellness, and Recreation

Academic Programs

Students wishing to earn a physical education degree may choose from the following programs:

  • Physical Education K-12 (double major with Secondary Education) Major
  • Physical Education-Recreational Administration Major
  • Exercise Science Major
  • Allied Health Science Major

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The Physical Education department at College of the Ozarks teaches the required courses of Lifetime Wellness and Swimming, plus electives and courses designed to prepare the student for a professional career in physical education. Practical experience coupled with a strong liberal arts and Physical Education curriculum leads to a well-rounded graduate.

The objectives for the major emphases in health, physical education, and recreation are that students will:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of content within a chosen physical education departmental major or the Allied Health Science Interdisciplinary major (Academic)
  • Develop skills and a work ethic for application in the workplace through professional expertise Vocational)
  • Connect the professional study of human movement to God's design for mankind's stewardship of human, physical well-being (Christian)
  • Understand and appreciate the role of physical fitness and national preparedness in defense of country, as well as expressions of love and pride of one's country through international sport competition (Patriotic)
  • Appreciate the physical manifestation of movement within God's design as a form of creative expression (Cultural)

The department offers degree programs for students with a goal of teaching in secondary or elementary physical education. The department also offers degree programs for students who do not want to teach. A student may select an Exercise Science or Recreation Administration major within the Physical Education degree program. The department also offers a minor in Coaching.


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PE Secondary Education Jobs

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Coach
  • Fitness Center Management
  • Recreational Sport Administration
  • Intramural Athletic Administration

Recreation Administration Jobs

  • Event/Program Planning
  • Municipal Recreation
  • Facilities Management
  • Aquatics Director
  • Camp Management
  • Coaching
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Park Development/Management
  • Campus Programming and Recreation

Health Wellness Jobs

  • Exercise Specialist
  • Personal Trainer/Athletic Training
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Center or Health Club Management
  • Group Exercise/Fitness Instructor

Allied Health Professions

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Technologist
  • Health Information Manager

Minor in Coaching

  • Public School Coaching
  • Recreational Coach
  • Youth-Sport Coach


The Fitness Center (FC) offers many campus recreation opportunities for students at College of the Ozarks. Many Physical Education classes are also offered within the FC. The facility includes a cardio/fitness area, indoor track, stretching area, cycling room, and the Marilyn Graves Gymnasium. Attached to the FC is the Keeter Fieldhouse.  This facility is comprised of a 3,500 seat gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, weight room, dance studio, and racquetball courts. Outdoor facilities include an all-weather track, baseball field, intramural softball and football field, and lighted tennis courts.

Student Groups and Activities

College of the Ozarks is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II. The College is also a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Varsity sports include men's cross country, basketball, and baseball, women's cross country, track and field, basketball, volleyball, and golf, and cheer team.

Intramural sports are offered through the Fitness Center and are offered to the entire student body, faculty and staff. These programs are administered by students who work in the GAC and competitions are held in a wide variety of activities.

The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) club is an organization that provides opportunities for students to become involved in a variety of both professional, and campus activities.


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