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Armstrong adds degree specializing in recreation

POSTED: January 3, 2017 5:30 a.m.

SAVANNAH — The College of Education at Armstrong State University will offer a B.S. in Physical Education with a specialized track in recreation and coaching in the spring 2017 semester, which begins on Jan. 9.

"This is very exciting for Armstrong," notes Dr. Janet Buckenmeyer, dean of Armstrong’s College of Education. "This program will allow students to explore various facets of human health and well-being, studying exercise physiology, principles of team and individual sports, injury prevention and physical education teaching methods."

The degree can prepare students to become camp directors, parks and recreation directors, fitness and health center directors, athletic coaches or athletic directors in non-certification fields. The program includes an internship and can prepare students for advanced degrees in physical education with possible assistantships and future careers at the collegiate level of academia.

Program classes include outdoor lifetime activities; officiating team sports; motor development; techniques in team sports; principles of coaching; fitness assessment; athletic health; injury and prevention, current health issues; and intramurals and recreation programs.

There are also various classes in coaching football, soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball.

In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that coaching and athletic scouting positions are expected to increase by 6 percent from 2014-24, as schools expand athletic programs.

Armstrong’s College of Education ranked #53 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Online Graduate Education Programs and #17 by Teacher.org in 2016 for its Early Childhood Education degree program.

For more information contact Dr. Anthony Parish, assistant professor of health and physical education, at Anthony.Parish@armstrong.edu or 912-344-2562.

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