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The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation’s primary responsibility is to prepare its majors to become highly qualified proficient communiversity leaders for the global marketplace. The department aims to provide disciplinary curricula that are relevant, diverse, and comprehensive for the acquiring of a holistic knowledge base, for the learning of capable and situational leadership approaches, and for the grasping of scholarly, professional, and occupational skills. It also aims to provide opportunities for overall personal and intellectual development and growth by offering contemporary curricula and by offering a variety of instructional and methodical techniques and procedures in the course offerings of its respective degree programs. Furthermore, the department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs with state, professional, and national accreditations. possessing such accreditations of these degree programs enables the department to offer existing and prospective majors (locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally) a chance to achieve their individual, disciplinary goals and degrees in the department and to ensure that their respective degrees have recognizable merit and approval in both the world of higher education and in the world of work. Thus, majors and prospective majors of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the department must have a responsive personality, be resourceful, have functional physical abilities, and be intellectually thirsty.

 HPER Mission Statement: The Department of Health, Physcial Education and Recreation provides quality experience, association and instruction that enable students to become holistic learners in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 

The undergraduate degree of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) is the Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation, and the endorsement degree is the Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation with an emphasis in Physical Education. Students interested in pursuing a Recreation degree must: 

(1)be admitted by Alcorn State University (ASU);

(2) declare Recreation as their major;

(3) complete all academic requirements of the University College for Excellence;

(4) earn a “C” (2.00 above) in all the 300 and 400 level courses offered in the recreation curriculum;

(5) be a member of the department’s HPER Club;

(6) and satisfactorily pass the recreation, comprehensive examination.

Additionally, students interested in pursuing an endorsement with a Recreation Degree with an emphasis in Physical Education must:

(1) be admitted by ASU;

(2) declare Recreation with an emphasis in Physical Education as their major;

(3) complete all academic requirements of the University College for Excellence;

(4) earn a “C” (2.00 above) in all the 300 and 400 level courses offered in the Physical Education curriculum;

(5) pass Praxis I and II;

(6) be a member of the department’s HPER Club;

(7) fulfill the requirements of the teacher education program;

(8) and satisfactorily pass the physical education, comprehensive examination.

The Department of HPER offers the Master of Science Degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education and the Master of Science Degree in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration. Students interested in pursuing the master of science degree in education with an emphasis in physical education must:

(1) have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a “B” (3.00 above) in their respective undergraduate curriculums;

(2) have satisfied all admission requirements of the graduate school;

(3) have a valid, permanent teacher license or have documentation of passing both Praxis I and II;

(4) maintain a cumulative GPA 3.00 in the curriculum of the degree program;

(5) and satisfactorily pass the English Proficiency, Core Education, and Physical Education Comprehensive Examinations.

 

Furthermore, students interested in pursuing the master of science in education with an emphasis in athletic administration and coaching must:

(1) have earned an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in their respective undergraduate curriculums;

(2) have satisfied all admission requirements of the graduate school;

(3) have a valid, permanent teacher license or have documentation of having passed both Praxis I and II;

(4) maintain a cumulative GPA 3.00 in the curriculum of the degree program;

(5) and satisfactorily pass the English Proficiency, Core Education, and Athletic Administration and Coaching Comprehensive Examinations.