Physical Education

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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.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Physical education graduates Powers, Brill learned on the job as student-teachers

A hallmark of University of the Ozarks' Pat Walker Teacher Education program is the year-long student-teaching internship which each education major must complete before graduation. Nick Brill and Mitchell Powers, two Ozarks education majors who graduated in December, participated in physical education internships in area schools this past year.

Ozarks overhauls PE program, adds health sciences major and outdoor leadership minor

Beginning in the 2013 Fall Semester, students at University of the Ozarks will be able to earn a major in health sciences as well as a minor outdoor leadership. The university has also made significant changes to its physical education curriculum to give students more professional opportunities in the field of study.

Professor wins state award for efforts in promoting physical education and health

Clarksville, Ark. — Brett Stone, who has served as assistant professor of health and physical education at Ozarks since 2008, was named the recipient of the 2011 Higher Education Educator of the Year award by the Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreations and Dance (ArkAHPERD) during its annual state convention, held Nov. 17-18 in Little Rock.

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

George Bernard Shaw