Physical Education


Public health principles and theoretical constructs are carefully integrated into the exercise science curriculum in an effort to empower our student’s with the ability to teach, communicate, and mobilize communities to improve quality of life through movement.  Regardless of whether movement comes in the form of play, exercise, or as a product of the built environment, you will learn how to promote and improve efficiency of movement in all populations. If you plan to pursue an Arkansas teaching license in Physical Education, you’ll enroll in the Ozarks Teacher Education Program where you will receive an appropriate sequence of courses which requires competency in both content  and professional practices. You will be prepared to implement standards-based curricula in K-12 schools with high-energy and through diverse pedagogical practices.

By focusing on lifetime activities, and having a passion to teach today’s youth about these activities, we give ourselves the opportunity to never really grow old. In the PE Dept at Ozarks we focus on all parts of physical fitness, lifetime activities, and helping our youth understand the importance of maintaining an activities lifestyle.  The faculty and students become a family striving to make a positive impact in the lives of future generations, while having a little fun in the process. – Mitchell Powers, Class of 2012.

Physical Education is essential for America to become a more successful society.

– Nick Brill, Class of 2012.


President Dunsworth named to APCU board

University of the Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth, J.D., has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).

University awards 87 degrees to Class of 2017

University of the Ozarks awarded 87 bachelor’s degrees to graduating seniors during its 183rd Commencement ceremony, held May 13, on the campus mall.

Rotaract mission trip embodies University values

One of the core values of University of the Ozarks is “the service of all of creation,” and that driving principle was on full display during a recent mission trip to El Salvador by the student organization Rotaract.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

George Bernard Shaw