Physical Education and Recreation

EMU’s 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 teaches the CORE Life Wellness classes that are largely experiential focusing on creation care and stewardship of the body in relation to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. In addition, the department offers courses that the general student population may take such as fitness, conditioning and weight training, rock climbing and skiing/snowboarding with the ultimate goal of providing students the opportunity to participate in physical activity and wellness activities.

Majors and Minors

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

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

Teaching Endorsement: health and physical education, grades PreK-12

Career opportunities in physical education and recreation include:

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

Program news

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    On a bleak and bitterly cold February afternoon, Ryan Gehman leaves campus for a run, heading south toward one of Harrisonburg’s city parks. Dirty snowbanks line the streets and a stinging wind blasts him in the face. He’s been looking forward to this moment all day. Gehman, a senior kinesiology major, looks forward to running …More

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    December 29th, 2014

    Late in the season in 2004 the Burlington (N.C.) Indians, a minor league baseball team in the low-level Appalachian League, were forced to start a rain-delayed game after 10 p.m. since the contest had playoff implications and needed to be played. EMU grad Jeremy Auker (2003, recreation & sport leadership), didn’t get home until after …More

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