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Health, Physical Education & Recreation Department

The health, physical education and recreation curriculum offers a nationally recognized set of professional-preparation programs and a service program geared to meet the present and future fitness and recreational needs of Briar Cliff students.

Students in Briar Cliff's Teacher Preparation Program can earn a major emphasis in a K-12 Physical Education teaching, a teaching minor, a health endorsement and a coaching endorsement.

For those pursuing careers outside of teaching, students may select from major areas of emphasis in Recreation or Sports Management, or pursue degrees in Sports Management or Sports Science. Students may also select a minor in recreation and leisure or a coaching authorization. 


HPER 118 - Personal and Community Health
HPER 119 - Introduction to and History of Physical Education
HPER 175 - Independent HPER Study
HPER 214 - Physical Education Activities for Pre-K to 6 Elementary Schools
HPER 231 - Recreation Leadership
HPER 232 - Camp Counseling
HPER 261 - Practicum in Athletic Training
HPER 275 - Independent HPER Study II
HPER 280 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
HPER 338 - Teaching Movement Pre K-6
HPER 375 - Independent HPER Study III
HPER 382 - Curriculum, Computers/Media and Methods of Phys. Ed.
HPER 383 - Advanced Physical Education Skills
HPER 384 - Human Performance and Skill Learning
HPER 385 - Concepts of Coaching
HPER 4(x) - HPER Activity Courses
HPER 439 - Kinesiology
HPER 443 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Athletics
HPER 461 - Advanced Athletic Training
HPER 475 - Independent HPER Study IV
HPER 490 - HPER Internship
HPER 51 IR - Adapted Physical Education: Theory and Practice
HPER 52 IR - Recreation for the Disabled Person
HPER 53 IR - Adapted Physical Activities: Living and Working
HPER 61 IR - Senior Practicum
HPER 63 IR - Methods of Teaching Track and Field
HPER 64 IR - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
HPER 65 IR - First Aid and CPR Instructors Course
SPTS 490 - Sports Science Internship
SPTS 64 IS - Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
SPTS 65 IS - First Aid and CPR Instructors Course
SPTS 70 IS - Cardiovascular Physiology
SPTS 71 IS - Advanced Human Anatomy


Andrew Shim
Professor, Graduate Program Director of Kinesiology & Human Performance

Marian Pesky
Assistant Professor and Chair of Health, Physical Education & Recreation; Director of First-Year Student Advising

Rory Jackson
Instructor of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

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