Physical Education

Academic Programs

Students wishing to major in physical education may choose from the following programs:

  • Physical Education K-12 (double major with Secondary Education),
  • Physical Education-Recreational Administration,
  • Physical Education-Health and Wellness,
  • Allied Health Science.

The Physical Education department at College of the Ozarks teaches the required courses of Citizenship and Lifetime Wellness I and II 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 of the Physical Education major are that the student will: (1) acquire a knowledge of the foundations and application of physical education research; (2) develop knowledge of a wide variety of body management skills; and (3) develop the ability to teach and promote fitness-oriented activities in physical education classes, fitness programs, coaching, health careers, wellness, and recreational activities.

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 a major in Physical Education with an emphasis in Recreational Administration or Health / Wellness. The department also offers a minor in Coaching.


Don Hoeck
Bill Keeter
Jason Reinsch
Steve Shepherd
Gary Turbak
Becky Vest
Al Waller




The facilities within the Memorial Fieldhouse include the 3,500 seat Keeter 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, lighted tennis courts and a sand volleyball court.

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 charter member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Varsity sports include men's basketball and baseball, women's basketball and volleyball, and cheerteam.

Intramural sports are open to the entire student body. These programs are administered by students who work in the fieldhouse, and competitions are held in a wide variety of activities.

The Physical Education Majors/Minors 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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