Department of Health and Physical Education
The mission of the Department of Health and Physical Education is to provide an environment in which students can pursue excellence through a program of professional coursework, practical experiences, and professional interactions that will provide a foundation for careers in Physical Education: Teaching, Sport Management, Health and Wellness, and Aquatics and Fitness.
The major goals of the Department of Health and Physical Education are to:
1) foster a nurturing and encouraging learning environment that will allow students to build confidence in themselves as emerging professionals;.
2) prepare students for entry into graduate school programs;
3) offer a curriculum that will allow students to be exposed to 21st Century classroom technology;
4) offer a curriculum that will expose students to challenging field work experience;
5) develop partnerships with community schools;
6) attract, recruit, and retain a diverse and capable group of students; and
7) offer an inviting and professional environment in the Department of Health and Physical Education.
The Department of Health and Physical Education offers professional preparation programs for majors and a health and physical activity program for non-majors to fulfill general education course requirements. The Department of Health and Physical Education offers the following programs and concentrations:
- Physical Education Teaching
- Sport Management
- Management and Administration
- Marketing and Promotion
- Sport Communication
- Sport Science
- Aquatics and Fitness
Physical Education Teaching (PET)
Majors who are seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education teaching will experience challenging course work and field experience, including student teaching. Majors can receive certification in physical education teaching K-12 by completing all requirements in the Department of Education. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average must be maintained by Physical Education Teaching majors. The Department of Health and Physical Education also offers a competitive curriculum in Physical Education Teaching Licensure-Only, for those individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree.
The Sport Management program allows students to pursue a broad core program with three areas of concentration: Sport Marketing and Promotions, Sport Management and Administration, and Sport Communication. The curriculum offers interdisciplinary courses in the Department of Physical Education, the Walter R. Davis School of Business and Economics, and the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication. Students must complete an internship prior to graduation.
The Sport Science concentration provides undergraduate training for students desiring to enroll in a graduate entry level program in the health care field; namely, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine, or Chiropractic Medicine. Successful admission will be contingent upon satisfying other indicated admission criteria such as graduate record exam scores and professional references. Students must complete an internship prior to graduation.
Aquatics and Fitness
The Aquatics and Fitness concentration prepares students for career and employment opportunities while working towards their degree or for a professional career path in aquatics and fitness. The Aquatics and Fitness concentration provides basic preparation in the area, including 15 hours of challenging course work in the following areas: swimming skills, aquatics instructor, fitness management, first aid skills and techniques, and aquatic management. Students must complete an internship prior to graduation.
Health and Physical Education Majors' Club
All majors are required to become members of the Health and Physical Education Majors' Club. The Health and Physical Education Majors' Club of Elizabeth City State University exists to provide all students majoring in Health and Physical Education, regardless of social, racial, cultural, and political relationships, with an organization to foster the open exchange of ideas, an atmosphere of service to both the community and the university, and provide its members with experiences that will help them discover new information about their field that will prepare them to become productive and proactive professionals.
Students must obtain a minimum grade of "C" in all Major Core Requirements.