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Dr. Cary Jenkins
Department Head of Education; Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education; Faculty Advisor STEA
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Associate of Science in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation

The Physical Education, Health, and Recreation program offers educational, sports and fitness activity classes with the emphasis on "Fitness for Life." The curriculum is designed to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of students.

A.S. in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation Curriculum

Associate of Science in Exercise Science

A.S. in Exercise Science TTP Curriculum

Career Opportunities
Physical Education, Health and Recreation

Teaching Opportunities, Fitness, Athletics, Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Sport Communication

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level

  • Teacher: Elementary School, Junior High/Middle School
  • Public School Coach
  • Recreation Department Program Director
  • Overseas School Programs
  • Military School Programs
  • Youth Servicing Agencies Coordinator
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Sports Official

Further Education and/or Experience Often Required

  • Community College Teacher
  • Adapted Physical Education Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach in College
  • Administrator for Health Resort Sports Program
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Marketer

Related Fields

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Development
  • Motor Learning
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Officiating

Coaching Opportunities

  • Interscholastic Programs
  • Intercollegiate Programs
  • Commercial Sports Camps
  • Commercial Sports Clubs
  • Community Sports Programs
  • Military Sports Programs

Public School Teacher: Responsible for teaching prescribed curriculum to a targeted population; plans, organizes, coordinates and conducts classes according to local and state guidelines.

Athletic Trainers in High Schools: Establishes professional, trusting relationships with physicians, coaches, athletes and parents in interscholastic sports programs; helps develop injury prevention methods, evaluates injuries and administers treatment and rehabilitation.

College/University Coach: Recruits student athletes, plans games and practices, works directly with admissions and financial aid offers, develops community support and carrying out on- and off-field coaching duties.

Enhancing Employability

  • Participate in internships and field experiences.
  • Volunteer in related activities, such as Senior Games, Special Olympics, etc.
  • Attend Career days and locally sponsored workshops and seminars.
  • Develop skills such as computer literacy, communication skills (both written and oral) and expertise in some special interest areas.
  • Develop teaching portfolio (including video tapes, evaluations, observations, reflections).