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Sport Studies and Physical Education

Adapted PE

Adapted Physical Education


  • Physical Education
  • Sport Studies: Exercise Science
  • Sport Studies: Sport Management


  • Sport Studies

Teacher Education: Physical Education (P–12)

Pre-Professional: Preparation for professional study in allied health careers such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, or for careers in wellness, fitness, exercise, recreation, strength and conditioning, or sport management

  • Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
  • These programs of study are part of the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education in the School of Teacher Education and Sport Science.

Physical Education

The Physical Education major prepares graduates to combine teaching and coaching responsibilities to enhance employability in the teaching field.  Physical Education involves teaching pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 youth the performance and understanding of basic motor skills, games, and life-long fitness activities, as well as the social and personal skills related to participating in physical activities. Physical educators at all levels are responsible for enhancing these skills while working with a variety of ability levels and meeting the needs of those who have disabilities.

Elementary physical educators teach levels Pre-K–5, specifically addressing children’s basic skills and movements. Middle school physical education teachers typically work with grades 6–8, honing specializing skills and movements by using an array of organized individual and team activities. This level also stresses teamwork and social skills. Secondary physical education (grades 9–12) stresses participation in life-long activities such as aerobics, rock climbing, hiking, biking, jogging, and functional training.  Physical educators with additional training in Adapted Physical Education are responsible for ensuring that children with disabilities (pre-K through age 21) receive quality physical education services as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA, 2004).

Special Olympics RefHuntingdon physical education graduates may become certified to teach in Alabama with reciprocity in a wide range of states. Once you have completed your degree and passed your certification exam, you may seek a full-time teaching position immediately.  Flexibility in your willingness to relocate or to teach at various grade levels will enhance your employability.  Some physical educators choose to coach or officiate as well. You may advance in your career as either a director of physical education, adapted physical educator, athletic director, or school principal, among many possibilities.

Huntingdon’s PE major includes special training for those who are interested in working with special needs populations, and teaching placements that provide hands-on, resume-enhancing experiences, leading to excellent placement rates in the career field as well as into graduate and professional schools.

Sport Studies: Exercise Science

Exercise ScienceExercise science is a non-teaching major that has emerged in response to national concerns about the lack of physical activity, obesity, and increased risks of developing disease among the American public. Exercise science deals with the study of immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the human body. The field of exercise science is diverse. Two areas of study at Huntingdon College for individuals interested in this field include sports performance and health-related components of physical activity. Students who plan to work in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness, physical therapy, and other allied health areas must have a similar knowledge-base. The Huntingdon College curriculum includes: anatomy/physiology; biomechanics/kinesiology; nutrition/weight control; exercise prescription for both normal and special populations; practicum; first aid/CPR/AED; athletic training, calculus, and physics.

The Exercise Science concentration provides sound preparation for attending professional school programs such as physical therapy, medicine, chiropractic, occupational therapy, and exercise physiology. This degree is also a strong foundation for careers in corporate fitness, agency fitness (YMCA, YWCA, etc.), health clubs, managers of fitness facilities, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. These positions may require certification from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). The Exercise Science curriculum prepares you for a diverse number of career options in this field — from medicine to working as a personal trainer.

Sport Studies: Sport Management

Sport StudiesSport Management involves any combination of skills related to planning, organizing, directing, controlling, budgeting and evaluating within the context of an organization or department whose primary product or service is related to sport or physical activity. Sport managers carry out these skills in a variety of organizational settings such as college sports; professional sports; amateur sports (Olympic/Paralympic); sport marketing and management firms; sport communication and news media firms; corporate sponsorship and advertising firms; sporting goods firms; arenas, stadiums, and civic centers; community recreation sports programs; social service agency sports programs (YMCA and YWCA); private club sports programs; and military sports programs. An upsurge in the numbers and variety of sports publications, sports-related Internet sites, and enhanced mass media presentation and exposure of sports events and activities are resulting in an increase in the need for individuals who have course work with special emphasis on sport communications/media. Growth in the number and variety of specialized sports facilities, an increase in sports tourism and adventure travel, the rapid progression of the globalization of sports, and the provision of sport-related goods and services for diverse market segments are contributing to the continued growth of the sports industry. These developments ensure that the sports industry will continue to rank among the largest and most diverse industries in the nation, providing many career opportunities for the future.

Some examples of career opportunities in Sport Management include:

  • Administration:  General Manager; Executive Director; Vice President; President/Founder; Athletic Director;
  • Communication/Media: Sports Communication Director; Media Relations Assistant; Sport Video Manager; Sports Video Production Assistant; Assistant Manager for Sports Web Page/Internet Site;
  • Facilities & Events: Executive Director of Facility Operations and Entertainment; Facility Manager; Special Events Director; Event Coordinator; Food and Beverage Manager; Special Events Promotion Manager; Customer Relations Manager; Guest Services Manager;
  • Finance: Vice President for Finance; Associate Athletic Director for Finance; Ticket Manager; Accounting Manager; Director of Corporate Sales; Manager of Group Sales;
  • Marketing: Vice President for Marketing; Director of Marketing; Director of Special Events and Promotions; Director of New Business Development; Director of Fan Development; Corporate Sales Manager; Tournament Operations Manager;
  • Public Relations: Vice President for Public Relations; Director of Sports Information; Director of Sports Publicity; Director of Sports Media; Director of Community Relations; Corporate Communications Assistant;
  • Travel/Tourism: Tournament Planner; Guest Relations Specialist; Adventure Travel Coordinator; Travel/Tour Guide; Special Events Coordinator

Learn by Doing



Each major offers opportunities for students to “learn by doing” through internships, student teaching, academic service, or practicum experiences—refining your skills, building your résumé, and preparing for life after you graduate.  Students can gain experience working with special needs children through the Adapted Physical Education partnerships with local schools or the College’s Disability Sport Network.


The majors in the Sport Studies and Physical Education programs are housed in the Dr. Laurie Jean Weil Center for Human Performance. The Center offers a well-equipped sport medicine room and an on-campus sport medicine/physical therapy clinic and is adjacent to the College’s main training/fitness facility for athletes.


SSPE majors at Special Olympics tournament, Roland Arena

Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman with SSPE majors at Special Olympics tournament, Roland Arena

  • Michael Bamman, Ph.D.
    Program Coordinator, Exercise Science
    Assistant Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
    Chair, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education
  • Lisa Clark, Ed.D.
    Associate Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
  • Lisa Olenik Dorman, Ph.D.
    Program Coordinator, Physical Education
    Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
    Director of Academic Disability Services
    Director of the Huntingdon College Ability Sport Network
    Dean, School of Teacher Education and Sport Science
  • Michelle Enos, Ph.D.
    Visiting Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
  • David Laughlin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Sport Science


SSPE Alumni

SSPE Alumni

Alumni have entered graduate studies in all fields of sport studies and beyond, as well as professional schools for the study of medicine, law, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  They are also teaching, coaching, managing educational programs and facilities, training, and in a wide variety of related positions.