The Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers and coaches in Health, Physical Education and Coaching; and undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare professionals in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. The Department enrolls more than 460 undergraduate majors in two programs, approximately 360 undergraduate minors in three programs, and approximately 30 graduate students in two programs.
The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching is a member of the American Kinesiology Association which promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. As part of the College of Education and Professional Studies the teacher preparation program is one of few programs in the state of Wisconsin which has received accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The faculty and academic staff in the Department are dedicated to providing high quality education for students committed to professional careers in health promotion, health education, exercise science, physical education, recreation, leisure studies, coaching education and sport.
The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching is to:
- Prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers related to health, physical education, recreation and coaching, and contribute to the General Studies Program for undergraduate students;
- Advance knowledge as teacher-scholars in disciplines related to health, physical education, recreation and coaching; and
- Contribute expertise and experience to professions related to health, physical education, recreation and coaching, to the University community, and to the general public.