Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

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,
  • Exercise Science Emphasis,
  • Allied Health Science.

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 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 Exercise Science. The department also offers a minor in Coaching.

Faculty

Don Hoeck hoeck@cofo.edu
Bill Keeter keeter@cofo.edu
Neale Richardson nrichardson@cofo.edu
Steve Shepherd shepherd@cofo.edu
Gary Turbak tubak@cofo.edu
Becky Vest bvest@cofo.edu
Clint Woods cwoods@cofo.edu

Careers

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

Facilities

The Garrison Activites Center (GAC) offers many campus recreation opportunities for students at College of the Ozarks. Many Physical Education classes are also offered within the GAC. The facility includes a cardio/fitness area, indoor track, streching area, cycling room, and the Marilyn Graves Gymnasium. Attached to the GAC 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 charter member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Varsity sports include men's cross country, basketball, and baseball, women's cross country, basketball, and volleyball, and cheerteam.

Intramural sports are offered through the Garrison Activites 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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