Coaches and physical-education teachers play an important role in promoting physical activity, health and wellness, and nutrition. When individuals learn to play a sport, they gain valuable life skills like teamwork and healthy competition. When they learn how to take care of themselves through physical activity, they also strengthen their mental and emotional wellbeing. Common career paths: phys-ed teacher, coach, trainer, fitness consultant, recreation director
One of the few undergraduate programs of its kind, our Bachelor of Science in Sport Pedagogy, formerly known as Physical Education Sport Studies, lays the foundation for a fulfilling career in coaching, recreation and other sport-related professions. Thanks to a comprehensive focus on coaching and the pedagogical principles of sport, you’ll be prepared to teach or coach professional and amateur athletes in a variety of settings. The program can easily accommodate a minor in coaching.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Our Sport Pedagogy program includes a combination of required courses that cover diverse topics, such as human biology, anatomy and physiology, wellness, kinesiology, and the psychology and ethics of sports. You’ll develop a set of transferable skills, including written and oral communication, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking. Guided by Jesuit values, you’ll also learn a holistic approach to teaching and coaching others.
A Specialized Field
As a graduate of the program, you’ll emerge as a professional ready to lead in various levels of competitive sports, including youth or amateur clinics and academies, as well as interscholastic, intercollegiate, Olympic and professional settings.
This undergraduate program does not lead to teacher certification. If you’re interested in pursuing initial teacher certification after completing your bachelor’s degree, consider our Master of Science in Physical Education.