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Welcome from the HPER Chair
Welcome to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPER) at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. The department strives for excellence and committed to your success as you progress through your education.
There are two different programs that the department offers. First the department offers Physical Education and Health, Teaching Option, instructs individuals for a Teacher’s License for the State of Arkansas for grades Kindergarten to 12th. It will also include a Coaching Endorsement. The department also offers a Physical Education and Health, Wellness Option. This program focuses on Recreation in which individuals could become Personal Trainers, Sports Directors at Recreation Centers, and other fields in the Recreation and Fitness Industry. Finally, the department offers Coaching Endorsement to individuals who are earning a Teaching License in another discipline.
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Todd W. Garner
Dr. Todd W.Garner, HPER Chair
Office Phone: (870) 575-8656
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The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to provide nationally accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department seeks to provide competent, professional personnel at the undergraduate and graduate level for employment as physical educators, health educators, coaches, and recreation providers in public, private, volunteer, governmental agencies, and health care organizations.
The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation has energized the program and retooled the courses. The program has created alliances with American Council on Exercise (ACE), Arkansas Department of Game and Wildlife, Human Kinetic Coach Education Program, and American Red Cross. The department has also developed relationships with the US Parks System and Arkansas Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
HPER Recognition of Spring 2018 Graduates
The department offers the following degrees:
Bachelor of Science Degree:
Health and Physical Education, K-12 Teaching Option with Coaching Endorsement
Health and Physical Education, Wellness Option (non-teaching)
Master of Education Degree:
Health and Physical Education
NEW - MINORS:
RECREATION MINOR (non-teaching)
WELLNESS MINOR (non-teaching)
Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement (Teaching)
Note: Students enrolled in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Degree program cannot select it as a minor. However, students are not prohibited from taking any of the courses as general electives or from taking courses beyond the 120 hours required in their discipline of choice, if approved by their academic adviser.
Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement which is associated with individuals who want to have teacher license endorsement in physical education and coaching.
Students must hold a Secondary Certification in Physical Education or hold, or be eligible to hold the standard five-year certificate or meet the coaching certification requirements established by the Arkansas Department of Education.