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Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources




Undergraduate Programs


The undergraduate Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources Programs at George Mason University prepare students in a variety of academic fields. The B.S.Ed. in Physical Education prepares students for a career in teaching (K-12) in either public or private schools. The B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources prepares students for supervisory and management careers in private and public recreation, health education, park systems, and fitness and health promotion agencies.

Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources Programs

Faculty

Bever, Goodale, Kozlowski, Malloy, Miller, Rikard, Ruhling, Schack, Shaffer, B. Wiggins, D. Wiggins, Wright

B.S.Ed. in Physical Education

This degree prepares students for a career in teaching.

Teacher Licensure (Certification) in Physical Education with Endorsement in Health Education

Degree Requirements
The degree requires a minimum of 121 total credit hours with the final semester devoted to student teaching. To enroll in student teaching, students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA in the major.


Semester Hours
Language Arts and Culture 15
    English: ENGL 101 and 302
6
    Oral Communication: COMM 100
3
    Literature (200-level)
3
    Humanities: art, music, theater, philosophy (except logic), religious studies
3
Behavioral and Social Sciences 12
    HIST 121 or 122
3
    Select 9 hours from the following: anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, sociology, psychology (must be from 3 different fields)
9
Required Courses 21
    BIOL 124, 125
8
    MATH or CS
3
    HEAL 110
3
    HEAL 205
4
    PRLS 316
3
Professional Sequence 55
    PHED 300, 303, 304, 306, 308, 365, 373, 375, 403, 404, 450
    HEAL 220, 305, 310, 325, 330
    PRLS 410, 460
Methods 18
    Either EDUC 300 or 522 (3)
    PHED 415 (15)
18
Total Hours 121


Sample Schedule for B.S.Ed. in Physical Education
with Health Endorsement

First Semester
ENGL 101
COMM 100
(art, music, theater,
or philosophy)
Choice of ANTH, ECON,
GEOG, GOVT, HIST
HIST 121
Total Hours


3
3
3


3

3
15

Second Semester
ENGL (200 level)
Choice of ANTH, ECON,
GEOG, GOVT, HIST
SOCI 101 or PSYC 100

MATH or CS 103

HEAL 110
Total Hours


3

3
3

3

3
15

Third Semester
BIOL 124
HEAL 220
PHED 303
HEAL 330
PRLS 316
Total Hours


4
3
3
3
3
16

Fourth Semester
BIOL 125
HEAL 205
PHED 304
PHED 306

Total Hours


4
4
3
3

14

Fifth Semester
HEAL 325
ENGL 302
PHED 300
PHED 308
PHED 373
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
3
15

Sixth Semester
PHED 365
PHED 375
HEAL 310
PRLS 460
PHED 403
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
3
15

Seventh Semester
HEAL 305
PHED 404
PRLS 410
PHED 450
EDUC 300 or 522
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
3
15

Eighth Semester
PHED 415




Total Hours


15




15


Teacher Licensure (Certification)

This program in teacher education is accredited and approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Virginia State Department of Education. To be considered for certification, students must:

  1. Have completed or be in the process of completing 60 semester hours, 6 of which must have been taken at the university, before applying.

  2. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher for the most recently completed 60 hours of collegiate work and for the professional GPA.

  3. For the professional GPA the student must have completed or be in the process of completing: a. Either 300 or 522; BIOL 124 and 125; PHED 300, 303, 304, 306, 308, 365, 373, 375, 403, 404, and 450

  4. Physical education students must take the PRAXIS I battery during their junior year. The Specialty Examination of the PRAXIS II must be taken during the term in which Student Teaching is taken.

Student Teaching Application

  1. Student teacher applications are available from the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources Office (at Prince William and Fairfax) and the Office of Teacher Education (Graduate School of Education, Robinson Hall).

  2. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above during their last 60 hours and in all professional courses (courses with PHED, HEAL, PRLS, or EDUC prefixes).

  3. Application Deadlines: For student teaching during the fall semester--February 1 (adviser), February 15 (Office of Teacher Education); spring semester--September 1 (adviser), September 15 (Office of Teacher Education).

  4. Students should have completed all required course work for the degree prior to their student teaching semester.

B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

This degree prepares students for supervisory and managerial careers in private and public recreation, health education, park systems, and fitness and health promotion agencies. Students must select one of two professional specializations: Recreation Resources Management (22 hours) or Health Promotion/Exercise Science (21 hours).

Students may also complete a minor or one of two certificate programs: Certificate in Environmental Management (27 hours, see Biology section) or Certificate in Gerontology (24 hours, see School of Nursing section). Students interested in the Environmental Management certificate should take BIOL 213 and either BIOL 303 or 304; students interested in the Gerontology certificate should take BIOL 124 and 125. Courses designated HEAL, PHED, and PRLS are offered by program faculty.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires either a minimum of 121 hours (Health Promotion/Exercise Science specialization) or 122 hours (Recreation Resources Management specialization) with one semester devoted to an internship (12 hours, which is graded as Pass/Fail).


Semester Hours
Language Arts and Culture 12
    ENGL 101 and 302
6
    COMM 100
3
    Literature (200 level)
3
Social and Behavioral Science 19
    PSYC 100
3
    GOVT 103
3
    ECON 103
3
    GOVT 241
3
    SOCI 101
3
    SOCI 221
4
Science 11-13
    CS 103
3
    BIOL
    Health Promotion/Exercise Science specialty must take BIOL 124 and 125 (8). Recreation Resources Management specialty may take either BIOL 103 (4) and BIOL 104 (4) or BIOL 213 (4) and either BIOL 303 or 304 (4).
8-10
Required Courses 31
    HEAL 205, 220, 323, 450
13
    PHED 303
3
    PRLS 310, 410, 415, 450, 460
15
Professional Specializations Recreation Resources Management
    PRLS 210, 315, 317, 402, 405, 501, 526
22
or
Health Promotion/Exercise Science
21
    HEAL 330, 430
6
    PHED 300, 304, 365, 410, 450
15
Internship 12
Electives 15
Total Hours 121-122


Sample Schedule for B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources--Health Promotion/ Exercise Science Specialization

First Semester
ENGL 101
COMM 100
ECON 103
HEAL 205
PSYC 100
Total Hours


3
3
3
4
3
15

Second Semester
ENGL (200-level literature)
SOCI 101
CS 103
GOVT 103
SOCI 221
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
4
16

Third Semester
BIOL 124
HEAL 220
PHED 303
GOVT 241
Elective
Total Hours


4
3
3
3
3
16

Fourth Semester
BIOL 125
PHED 304
PHED 365
PRLS 310
ENGL 302
Total Hours


4
3
3
3
3
16

Fifth Semester
HEAL 330
PHED 300
PRLS 415
HEAL 323
Elective
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
3
15

Sixth Semester
PHED 410
HEAL 450
PRLS 410
PRLS 460
Elective
Total Hours


3
3
3
3
3
15

Seventh Semester
HEAL 430
PRLS 450
PHED 450
Electives
Total Hours


3
3
3
6
15

Eighth Semester
HEAL 490



Total Hours


12



12


Sample Schedule for B.S. in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources--Recreation Resources Management Specialization

First Semester
ENGL 101
COMM 100
HEAL 205
SOCI 101
PRLS 210
Total Hours


3
3
4
3
3
16

Second Semester
SOCI 221
PSYC 100
CS 103
GOVT 103
PRLS 310
Total Hours


4
3

3
3
16

Third Semester
BIOL 103 or 213
ENGL (200 level)
HEAL 220
ECON 103
PRLS 317
Total Hours


4
3
3
3
3
16

Fourth Semester
BIOL 104, 303, or 304
HEAL 323
PHED 303
GOVT 241
PRLS 315
Total Hours


4
3
3
3
3
16

Fifth Semester
ENGL 302
PRLS 402
PRLS 405
PRLS 415
Elective
Total Hours


3
3
4
3
3
16

Sixth Semester
PRLS 410
PRLS 460
HEAL 450
Electives

Total Hours


3
3
3
6

15

Seventh Semester
PRLS 490



Total Hours


12



12

Eighth Semester
PRLS 450
PRLS 501
PRLS 526
Electives
Total Hours


3
3
3
6
15


Graduate Program


Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion, M.S.

This program focuses on exercise in the promotion of fitness and health. 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.

Admission Requirements
In addition to fulfilling Graduate Council admission requirements, the applicant must:

  1. Submit three letters of recommendation;

  2. Provide transcripts of all college course work;

  3. Forward Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores to George Mason University;

  4. Submit a written goals statement (500-1,000 words) explaining how study in the M.S. in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion program relates to the applicant's educational and career plans; and

  5. Have completed undergraduate courses in human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, and kinesiology.

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.

Degree Requirements
The following courses, totaling 30 credit hours, constitute the degree requirements:


Semester Hours
Core 18
    EFHP 606 Foundations of Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion
3
    EFHP 610 Advanced Exercise Physiology
3
    EFHP 611 Fitness Assessment: Theory and Practice
3
    EFHP 614 Advanced Exercise Nutrition
3
    EFHP 618 Exercise and Sport Psychology
3
    EFHP 623 Research Design and Statistical Reasoning
3
Electives
    [6 credit hours (thesis option) or 12 credit hours (non-thesis option)]

    Option Selection
    [Students choose either one or the other]:

      Thesis Option
      (1) 18 credit hours compose the core
      (2) 6 credit hours compose the electives

      Non-Thesis Option
      (1) 18 credit hours compose the core
      (2) 12 credit hours compose the electives

Thesis
Students choosing to do a thesis must recruit an adviser to supervise thesis work and chair the thesis committee. The adviser 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 adviser. The graduate coordinator will appoint two members to the thesis committee, one of whom may be outside the program, based on recommendations from the student and thesis adviser.

Non-Thesis
Students who choose the 12 credit hours electives option will 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.



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