Why Exercise and Sports Science?
One of the areas of human existence that all students have a responsibility to develop is that of physical and emotional well-being, including the development of skills and attitudes that maintain soundness of mind and body. The Department of Exercise and Sport Science, under the School of Education, provides an activity course program that has a two-fold emphasis: (1) the teaching of total wellness concepts that include health-related fitness principles; and (2) the development of knowledge and skills in activities that can enhance personal fitness and lead to positive use of leisure time.

Three semester hours of credit in activity courses are required for graduation. EXSS 1112 – Concepts of Fitness, is required of all students. Students are encouraged to complete the three hour requirement during the freshman and sophomore years. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt and a DD-214 may be required. Students may not repeat the same activity for credit. Because of the lifetime fitness emphasis of the curriculum, age does not exempt one from activity courses. Adapted physical education activities are provided for the physically challenged.

All-Level Physical Education Teaching Certificate Requirements
The teaching field requires 37 semester hours, of which 25 must be from upper-level courses.

The following courses (37 hours) are required for the teaching field:
EXSS 1301 – Foundation of Physical Education and Sport
EXSS 2304 – Safety and First Aid
EXSS 2305 – Introduction to Personal and Community Health
EXSS 3304 – Adaptive Physical Education
EXSS 3306 – Introduction to Motor Learning
EXSS 3308 – Foundations of Athletic Training
EXSS 3312 – Physiology of Exercise
EXSS 3315 – Kinesiology
EXSS 3331 – Program Development for Health and Physical Education
EXSS 3401 – Sports Skills for Majors and Minors
EXSS 4302 – Administration of Physical Education and Sport Programs
Three hours of additional activity courses beyond the general education requirement

Professional Education – High School Certification and All Level 
In addition to the general education core and preparation in the teaching field, all high school certification programs require a professional education sequence. The professional education sequence provides students with knowledge of the learner, the teaching-learning process, effective teaching and classroom management strategies, and reading in the various content areas. It also provides a structured program of field experiences beginning with classroom observation and ending with student teaching. Students must have taken and passed the basic skills test upon completion of EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education and before taking further professional education courses.

The following courses constitute the professional education sequence:
EDIT 4332 – Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
EDLI 4325 – Developing Reading, Study and Thinking Skills at the Secondary Level
EDUC 2301 – Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 3313 – Educating Students from Diverse Backgrounds
EDUC 3301 – Principles and Practices in Education
EDUC 3302 – Instructional Strategies and Practices
EDUC 4313 – Classroom Management
EDUC 4318 – Becoming a Teacher
EDUC 4328 – Curriculum and Assessment for the Secondary School
Select one from the following two courses:
     EDUC 4663 – High School Student Teaching
     EDUC 4664 – All Level Student Teaching