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Physical Education

Overview of the HPSS department

The Health, Physical Education, and Sport Science Department at Carson-Newman University develops professionals in the areas of Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Physical Education Teacher Licensure. Pursuant to this end, every effort is made to offer students quality instruction, caring and nurturing advisement, effective leadership opportunities, meaningful college and community service, and other professional development opportunities.

The field of Physical Education

The Physical Education degree prepares students to enter the Physical Education and Wellness field with a K-12 teacher licensure.

Course Descriptions

For Physical Education with Emphasis in Recreation, provides students with basic knowledge of an experience in the field of recreation.

 Course Descriptions  


The mission of the Health, Physical Education and Sports Science (HPSS) department at Carson-Newman University is to prepare competent physical education instructors, exercise science and athletic training professionals who are dedicated to lifelong commitments to leadership, learning, and service. The mission is further described in the Conceptual Framework.

These professions are central to encouraging appropriate physical activity levels in society and our goal is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and the practical interpersonal skills that will allow you to take a leading role in this essential societal need of physical activity to attain optimal physiological, emotional and spiritual health.


Members of the faculty in the HPSS department provide an array of practical experience and professional interests to their classrooms at Carson-Newman. Our instructors possess not only established academians who possess the latest theoretical knowledge in their respective fields, but they are also professional who also have honed their skills in private and commercial settings.

Faculty members in the HPSS department realize that it takes personalized, one-on-one instruction to train an outstanding instructor or allied health professional and they are committed to individual attention. Our professors are recognized within the Carson-Newman community as enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and accessible to their students, for whom they serve as strong role models in their respective professions.

The sense of family, camaraderie, and shared purpose among students and faculty members in the department is exceptional. In addition to regular meetings, students are strongly encouraged to visit their professors and advisors at any time to address relevant questions and challenges they are experiencing. Other support services include advising and counseling, as well as direct and intensive supervision of practicum and laboratory experiences.


The Teacher Education Department is located on the first level of the Maddox Student Activity Center (MSAC). Additional facilities include an exercise science laboratory and athletic training room.

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