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Coursework

The coursework taken depends on the concentration that is being pursued. However, in addition to the courses for their degree program, all students will have to complete the general education courses required by the University.

Physical Education Non-teaching concentration prepares students for careers in settings such as the YMCA and YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and city parks and recreation organizations.

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The coaching concentration is designed for students who wish to coach on the high school or college levels. For those who only want to coach on the high school level, it is recommended that they complete this concentration along with a concentration in health, physical education and driver education (add-on) with teach licensure PK-12 in order to obtain teaching certification.

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A concentration in health, physical education and driver education (add-on) with teacher licensure PK-12 prepares students for teacher's licensure in health, physical education and driver education for all grade levels.

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The sport management concentration is designed for students interested in management positions in businesses such as collegiate or professional athletics, sporting good sales, fitness and conditioning centers both in private and corporate sectors and facility management.

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A concentration in wellness/sports medicine is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing careers in hospital wellness, private health clubs and corporate fitness as well as preparation for graduate school in health/wellness careers (i.e., physical therapy, physician assistants and occupational therapists).

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The concentration in personal trainingprepares students to become certified personal trainers. Not only does it prepare students for the physical aspects of a personal trainer, but it will also provide the business management aspects needed for careers in this field.

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Internship Opportunities

No matter the concentration, all students are required to complete an internship. In the past, students have interned with:

  • Minor league baseball teams like the Danville Braves
  • NASCAR
  • Virginia International Raceway (VIR)
  • Martinsville Speedway
  • High school and college football teams
  • Golf clubs in the United States and Finland
  • Tennis clubs
  • Bowling lanes
  • High school and college athletic administration
  • Physical therapy clinics
  • Cardiac rehabilitation centers
  • High level performance center for professional athletes (Florida and Arizona)
  • College sports information departments
  • NFL teams (Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots)

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What are recent graduates of this major doing?

Shannon Andy, '11, is working at a physical therapy clinic in Williamsburg as a physical therapy technician. She took her certification exam for athletic training and will be attending Eastern Virginia Medical School for its physician assistant program.

Marlon Jant, '07,graduated from Old Dominion University (ODU) in May 2011 with a doctorate in physical therapy. "I truly felt prepared for PT school after Averett. The faculty at ODU reminded me so much of the faculty at Averett - always taking the time to make sure we understood the material."

Chris Bolt '08, is the director of recreation for the town of Farmville.

What could I do with this major?

Graduates become teachers, personal trainers, corporate fitness trainers, athletic directors or coaches at the high school or college level. They may also have careers in recreation, hospitals, rehabilitation, allied health care, sport marketing and sporting good sales.

Graduates have also gone on to graduate school at a variety of colleges and universities including University of Virginia, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, North Carolina State University and Fresno State University.

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