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Physical Activity: Coaching and Recreation Concentration (B.S in Selected Studies Concentration)

The Selected Studies in Education program is designed for Syracuse University students who are interested in education careers but not currently pursuing a teaching certificate. Selected Studies in Education offers a path to a bachelor’s degree through a program tailored to a student’s individual interests and aspirations. This program is for students seeking to play a role in bettering the world.

The Physical Activity: Sport, Coaching and Recreation track prepares students who may want to pursue any of the following career interests: Coaching athletes with and without disabilities in college, high school, or youth settings ; officiating sports; personal trainer; strength and conditioning coach, or group exercise leader; teaching/coaching youth sports and fitness in non-school settings such as YMCA/YWCA’s, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and private and public sport/recreational facilities; sport or fitness entrepreneur; a teaching career at a future point. Students interested in this focus area might also want to choose courses from the Pre-teaching focus or the Education, Technology and Media.

Why Study Physical Activity:Sport, Coaching, and Recreation at Syracuse University?

  • Students will delevop the skills to work in physical skill settings (e.g. communication, leadership, planning)
  • Small class sizes that provide a high degree of personal support and "hands-on" teaching/practice
  • Experience (100+ hours) in schools (and other physical activity settings) starting spring of the first year
  • A focus on "Success for All Individuals" with particular emphasis on urban, inclusive, and multicultural settings

What courses will I take?

  • Liberal Arts and Science, Humanities, Writing, Statistics, Technology
  • Structural Kinesology, Exercise Science, Motor Behavior
  • Methods of teaching Elementary and Secondary Physical Education/Activity
  • Team Sports, Individual/Dual Sports, Sports Psychology
  • Additional course work will depend on selected minor(s): Focus on Youth, Adults, Physical Activity Business/Entrepreneur, Sports and Coaching

Contact Information:

Luis Columna (lcolumna@syr.edu) 315-443-9699
Michael Norris (mlnorris@syr.edu) 315-443-9776
Barbara Applebaum (ajappleb@syr.edu) 315-443-3343