Health Sciences Department
Do you enjoy working with and motivating people? Do you want to know how to design training programs and help people set and achieve their goals?
This option is designed for those students who are interested in the Fitness Industry. The career paths afforded by this option are numerous and varied. You may choose to pursue personal training, strength and conditioning, fitness center management, health promotion or gerontology fitness. Regardless of which direction you decide to pursue, certification is a must. Students enrolled as Exercise Specialists have the option of taking the National Council on Strength and Fitness Certification exam in their senior year. You will also complete an Internship in your chosen area of study which many students say is the best experience of their college career. It is not unusual for the internship to lead to your first job.
The employment outlook for students who choose this career path is bright. Exercise is Medicine according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts fitness jobs will increase faster than the average of all occupations over the next ten years.
To be a Physical Education teacher in our public schools, the Exercise Specialist Major with Teacher Licensure is an efficient route there. After declaring your Exercise Specialist Major, you will apply, be accepted and adhere to the Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Requirements. As a Baccalaureate student, you can add the required education courses for teacher licensure to your major course of study in place of free elective courses. You must be admitted to the Teacher Licensure program to enroll in 400-level ED prefix courses and subsequently be admitted to Student Teaching. Please contact the Teacher Education Department for more information on Teacher Licensure.