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Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources
The Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, (703) 993-2060, in the Graduate School of Education prepares students for careers in health and physical education, athletic training, parks and outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, exercise science, health promotion, tourism and events management, and sport management. The B.S.Ed. in Physical Education prepares students for a career in teaching (PK12) in public and private schools. The B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources prepares students for supervisory and management careers in private and public parks recreation systems, therapeutic recreation communities, health promotion agencies, sport management organizations, athletic training facilities, and tourism and events management sites. The M.S. in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion prepares professionals for advanced work in the field. The M.A.I.S. concentration in Recreation Resources Management is designed for practicing professionals and students seeking advanced careers and furthering their knowledge in the field of recreation and natural resources management.
Professors: Brayley, Ruhling, Weaver, D. Wiggins (Chair)
Associate Professors: D. Anderson, Bever, Kozlowski, Miller, Rikard, Rodgers, Schack, Walker
Assistant Professors: Banville, Bowen, Daniels, Lawton, Lee, Lozar, B. Wiggins, Tran, White
Instructors: Goldberg, Johnson, Norden
Administrative Faculty: Maltby, Schulte, Shaffer
The department offers all course work designated EFHP, HEAL, PHED, PRLS, SPMT, and TOUR in the "Course Descriptions" chapter of this catalog. Lifelong fitness courses are offered for elective credit to George Mason students. These courses are included under PHED.
By completing the following 18 credits of coursework, students will be introduced to the theoretical models of leisure and the applied aspects of planning, administering, and evaluating parks and recreation programs in an inclusive environment.
Students must complete no fewer than 18 credits of study. At least 9 credits of the minor must be completed at George Mason University. No more than 3 credits of a D grade in the minor are accepted. Required courses are as follows:
The remaining 3 credits requirement may be met by successful completion of one of the following courses:
The 24-credit Outdoor Adventure Certificate program provides students with specialized skills unique to a variety of outdoor adventure activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge course facilitation. Coursework focuses on both the acquisition of technical skills and application of theory-to-experiential learning in an outdoor adventure curriculum. Students completing certificate requirements will be certified as Wilderness First Responders and Leave-No-Trace Trainers and will be fully prepared to work as challenge course facilitators at Outdoor Education and Adventure Education organizations. This cross-disciplinary initiative combines the resources and services of the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources and Hemlock Overlook Center for Outdoor Education.
Students also may complete a certificate program outside Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources in environmental management (27 credits, see the Biology section of the "College of Arts and Sciences" chapter) and gerontology (24 credits, see the "College of Nursing and Health Science" chapter). Parks and outdoor recreation students interested in the environmental management certificate should take BIOL 213 and either BIOL 303 or 304 instead of BIOL 103 and 104; students interested in the gerontology certificate should take BIOL 124 and 125.
This degree prepares students for a career in teaching.
The teacher education program is accredited and approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Virginia State Department of Education. The application process for admission follows, depending on the applicant:
Four-Year Students: Students entering as freshmen can apply to the B.S.Ed. program after taking a minimum of 45 credits, attaining a cumulative GPA of 2.500, and submitting passing scores for all three parts of the Praxis I test. Students must be currently enrolled in PHED 201 or 202.
Transfer Students: Degree-seeking students can apply to B.S.Ed. by using their cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher for a minimum of 45 credits from their previous university, or they can complete 12 credits at George Mason University with a minimum of a 2.500 GPA. They must submit passing scores on all parts of Praxis I.
Students who already have a degree from any discipline and are seeking licensure can apply to B.S.Ed. if they have a cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher on their last 60 credits of course work from their previous university or after completing 12 credits at George Mason. Applicants must submit passing scores on the Praxis I tests.
The degree requires a minimum of 126 credits with the final semester devoted to student teaching. To enroll in student teaching, students must have a minimum 2.500 GPA or higher in their last 60 credits of course work. They must submit scores on all parts of Praxis I.
MAJORS ONLY: Students are not permitted to enroll in the following courses until they have met application requirements: HEAL 405; PHED 306, 308, 403, 404, and 415.
Student Teaching Internship Application
Student teaching applications are available from the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (at the Prince William and Fairfax Campuses) and the Office of Student and Faculty Services (Graduate School of Education, Robinson Hall). The application must be completed one semester before taking PHED 415 Student Teaching in Physical Education.
Application deadlines for student teaching internships: fall semesterFebruary 1 (advisor), February 15 (Office of Student and Faculty Services); spring semesterSeptember 1 (advisor), September 15 (Office of Student and Faculty Services).
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.500 during their last 60 degree-specific credits.
This degree prepares students for a career in athletic training. Upon completion of the degree and program accreditation*, students will be eligible to take the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination.
The Athletic Training Education Program provides the educational and clinical experiences concerning the management of injuries and health problems associated with physical activity. The goal is to provide educational and clinical experiences that will equip students with the knowledge and skills that must be mastered within an entry-level athletic training program.
The decree requires a minimum of 120 credits. Students will enroll in didactic and clinical courses throughout their educational career. Typically, athletic training courses are paired with a clinical course and students will be assigned to an Approved Clinical Instructor to satisfy clinical education requirements. Students will develop a schedule with their Approved Clinical Instructor requiring approximately 15 hours per week throughout the semester at the clinical setting. Clinical assignments may be in athletic training settings such as in the secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports programs, sports medicine clinics, industry, and military training programs. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA within the professional courses in order to be eligible to enroll in clinical courses.
Some athletic training courses are offered on an alternating year basis. Students should meet with their advisor prior to scheduling courses every semester in order to enroll in appropriate courses.
* The Athletic Training Education Program is in candidacy for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Awarding of accreditation by CAAHEP is not guaranteed. Copies of the technical standards are in the Admissions Office, the Program Director's office, the HFRR administrative office, and on the HFRR website (gmu.edu/departments/hffr).
Concentrations include the following:
Exercise science provides an emphasis on promotion of healthy lifestyles outside school settings. This degree prepares students for supervisory and managerial careers in private and public fitness agencies and clinical and public safety settings. Many choose to complete an undergraduate degree in exercise science and then go elsewhere for graduate degrees in physical therapy. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings. There is a minor in Exercise Science.
Health promotion prepares students for supervisory and managerial careers in voluntary health organizations and nonprofit and managed care organizations, as well as hospital wellness centers, health departments, and health clubs. The degree includes courses on topics such as nutrition, contemporary health problems, and community health systems. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings. There is a minor in Health Promotion.
Parks and outdoor recreation majors learn about the contribution of public recreation and parks to the well being and quality of life of the public. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. Graduates in the degree have gone on to become professionals in public agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and environmental management positions. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings. There is a minor in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies.
Sport management students prepare for management positions in the sport industry, which is the 11th-largest industry in the United States. Included among its many professional positions are marketing coordinators, event management specialists, athletic directors, program coordinators, public relations managers, and human resource specialists. The program is seeking certification by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). Awarding of accreditation by NASSM is not guaranteed. Students complete course work in sport marketing and finance, sport and ethics, and a supervised internship in a professional setting. There is a minor in Sport Management.
Therapeutic recreation students prepare to provide recreation services for people with disabilities. Completion of the foundations course, as well as issues and assessment courses, prepares students for an internship under a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and prepares them to sit for the National Exam for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Graduates find employment in local, state, and federal recreation settings, senior/adult day health care context, nonprofit organizations, and educational and clinical institutions working with all ages of the life span. There is a minor in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies.
Tourism and Events Management students prepare to enter a diverse profession in the world's third-largest industry. Built on the curricula cornerstones of resort management, environmental tourism, event management, and cultural and heritage tourism, the courses equip students with understanding, knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, the host, and the supporting industry. Tourism and Events Management graduates are employed in commercial, private, and public agencies, and in a wide variety of jobs and many geographic or business settings.
This program prepares professionals in the fields of health and physical education, fitness, and health promotion/disease prevention to either pursue advanced academic training (doctoral program) or more adequately serve their communities.
In addition to fulfilling graduate admission requirements, the applicant must do the following:
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be offered provisional or nondegree status in accordance with general regulations of the Graduate Council. Admission decisions are made whenever applicants' files are complete. Candidates may enroll in any term during the following year, although fall enrollment is recommended given the course sequence.
The following courses, totaling 30 credits, constitute the degree requirements:
Students choosing to do a thesis must recruit an advisor to supervise thesis work and lead the thesis committee. The advisor must be a member of the exercise, fitness, and health promotion graduate faculty. Students may not register for thesis credit until a proposal has been approved by the graduate coordinator after consulting with the thesis advisor. The graduate coordinator appoints two members to the thesis committee, one of whom may be outside the program, on the basis of recommendations from the student and thesis advisor.
Students who choose the 12-credit electives option complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester or summer, at the conclusion of which they expect all course requirements for the degree to be completed.