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The Kinesiology program provides 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 the field of Kinesiology. The Kinesiology degree is one of the newest programs developed by ECSU.

The mission of the Kinesiology program is to provide educational opportunities for students seeking a B.S. degree in Kinesiology by disseminating knowledge about Kinesiology, Physical Education pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge, physical activity programming, nutrition, public health, exercise, human movement, curriculum design, and instructional strategies that will prepare graduates to be globally competitive to transform Northeaster NC and the World. Kinesiology and Health offers professional preparation programs for majors and health and physical activity programming for non-majors to fulfill general education course requirements

Students should choose one of three concentrations to specialize in for a 4-yr degree:

Exercise Science Concentration

The Exercise Science concentration prepares students for careers in preventative and rehabilitative exercise and wellness programs in settings such as hospitals, government agencies, and fitness and corporate wellness centers. A solid foundation in the natural sciences is the cornerstone this coursework. Upon completion of this concentration students should have the foundational content knowledge needed to pass a number of nationally recognized personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and strength and conditioning certification exams, such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Students choosing this concentration will meet the requirements for most graduate education programs in such allied health areas as physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, and exercise science.

Fitness and Wellness Concentration

The Fitness and Wellness concentration prepares students for employment in the growing health and wellness industry. The coursework in Fitness and Wellness provides content knowledge needed to pass a number of nationally recognized exams, so students can earn certifications in: aquatic exercise instruction, personal training, lifestyle, weight management, and health coaching, group exercise instruction, First Aid/CPR/AED, and certified aquatic facility technician.

Physical Education and Health Concentration (K-12 teaching path)

The Physical Education and Health concentration is designed to provide the content knowledge needed to teach Physical Education and Health Education at the K-12 grade levels, in the state of North Carolina. Upon completion of this program students will be eligible to earn North Carolina teaching licensure

Physical Education and Health (licensure only, for individuals with a 4-year degree)

The Physical Education and Health Licensure Only track is available to individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree, in any field, from an accredited institution. This program of study is available to provide experience with Physical Education and Health Education content to individuals to earn endorsement for teaching Physical Education and Health Education through the state North Carolina.

 All students majoring in a 4-year degree in Kinesiology will take the same 23 credit hours of core courses, 8 credit hours of core electives, and then will take courses specific to the concentration of study. The Kinesiology degree is taught using online and face-to-face coursework and is suggested to take 8 full-time semesters to graduate.


  • Health and Wellness Promotion
  • Public Health Minor
  • Science of Coaching

Plan of Study

Exercise Science
Fitness and Wellness
Physcial Education & Health (K-12)

Health & Wellness Promotion
Public Health Minor
Science of Coaching



  • Hands on laboratory opportunities and experiences (Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Strength and Conditioning Laboratory, Wellness Screening Clinic)
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Field Experiences (KIN and PHS)
  • Coordinated Internships (placement in local schools, medical facilities, community organizations, community partner placement)
  • Organized Community Service Outlets/Volunteerism

Additional Fees not Included in Tuition


Proctoring Fees

 Exercise Science: Optional, Fitness and Wellness: Optional, Physical Education and Health: No.           

Science of Coaching: No, Health and Wellness Promotion: No, Public Health and Sanitation: No.

Internship Required? Yes or No, if so what semester and are there any fees associated

Exercise Science:  2 Field Experiences, no fees associated with these, Junior or Senior year.  Fitness and Wellness:  2 Field Experiences, no fees associated with these, Junior or Senior Year. Physical Education and Health:  Yes, students must have own transportation, Senior Year.

Science of Coaching: Yes, students must have own transportation. Health and Wellness Promotion: Yes, students must have own transportation. Public Health and Sanitation:  Yes, students must have own transportation.

Laboratory fees associated with the course(s)? Yes or No


Are Online Subscription's required for course(s)? Yes or No


Membership fees associated with academic program? Yes or No

 The Kinesiology program should be registered and have a membership with the American Kinesiology Association.  Exercise Science:  ACSM and NSCA memberships are recommended, not required. Fitness and Wellness: ACE, ACSM and NSCA memberships are recommended, not required. Physical Education and Health: SHAPE America and NC SHAPE are encouraged to bring down prices of optional certification.

Science of Coaching: Yes, optional. Health and Wellness Promotion: Yes,  optional. Public Health and Sanitation: No.


If you live outside North Carolina and are considering enrolling in an online or a face-to-face program that leads to a professional licensure or certification, we highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state where you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. Elizabeth City State University makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure is current; however, licensure regulations are frequently revised. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, etc.

Have questions about professional licensure requirements? Submit questions here. 

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Brown

Assistant Professor
130 Robert L. Vaughan Center
Campus Box 772
Phone: (252) 335-3698
Fax: (252) 335-3956