Physical Education and Recreation

EMU’s faith-based physical education and recreation program promotes a healthful, activity-oriented lifestyle, and develops competent professionals who carry a sense of ministry and service into their vocational role. Through our four physical education and recreation majors, we’ll prepare you to teach, work or guide in a variety of different settings.

The department also offers courses that the general student population may take such as fitness, conditioning and weight training, rock climbing and skiing with the ultimate goal of helping students celebrate the joy of physical movement, bodily health and giving them the opportunity to honor their bodies as a beautiful gift from God.

Majors and Minors

Physical education and recreation majors: health and physical education (PreK-12), outdoor ministry and adventure leadership, recreation leadership and sport promotion, and kinesiology and exercise science

Minors: coaching, kinesiology and exercise science, and outdoor ministry and adventure leadership

Secondary education endorsement: health and physical education, grades preK-12

Career opportunities in physical education and recreation include:

camp director
recreation/camp program director
outdoor or environmental education specialist
adventure trip director
commercial adventure guide
youth pastor
Christian educator
community recreation agency programmer
elementary or secondary physical education teacher
athletic coach
adult fitness or sports club management
sports information director

Learn more about our program

Find out what kind of classes you will take and where you will be learning. Check out our Contact Us (PDF) for the details.

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