Leisure Studies (BS) - Therapeutic Recreation
|Leisure Studies (BS) - Therapeutic Recreation||Credit Hours|
|General Studies Component|
|See Department advising sheets for specific requirements and suggestions.|
|Leisure Studies Program Requirements|
|USA computer proficiency requirement|
|BMD 114 or BMD 115|
|LS 468 or LS 397|
|PE 370 or PE 380 or PE 461 or PE 476|
|Additional requirements may be needed for National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). See departmental advisors for specific NCTRC requirements.|
The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport offers state and nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs in Physical Education (P-12) and Health Education (6-12).
The Department offers a totally on-line graduate program in Sport Management. Undergraduate and graduate non-teacher certification programs are available in Physical Education (Exercise Science) and Health Education. An undergraduate major is offered in Leisure Studies with concentrations in Sport and Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. The department also provides a physical activity instructional program for all university students through courses in physical fitness, lifetime sports, dance, and martial arts. An undergraduate Coaching Certificate program is also provided by the department.
Requirements For Admission To Candidacy In Teacher-certification Programs (HS and PE)
All students must apply in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360), College of Education, for admission to teacher candidacy. This is normally done during the final semester of the sophomore year or first semester of the junior year. All previously listed requirements of the University and College must be met prior to application.
Teacher Candidacy Admission Requirements for PE P-12 & HEALTH 6-12 Majors in Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies
60 semester hours (48 must be in General Education). A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at USA.
- 2.50 Minimum Overall GPA (All work attempted at USA).
- 2.75 Minimum Program GPA (All courses used on this Advising Sheet, including transfer work).
- 2.75 Minimum Professional Studies GPA (All courses used in the Professional Studies area, including transfer work).
- 2.75 Minimum Teaching Field GPA (All courses used in the Teaching Field, including transfer work).
- No grade below a "C" will be accepted in Professional Studies courses.
- Course requirements for PE P-12 Majors: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, BMD 114, EDM 310, EDU 400, EPY 351, PE 100, PE 201, and PE 166.
- Course requirements for Health 6-12 Majors: CA 110, EH 101, EH 102, BMD 114, EDM 310,
EDU 400, EPY 351, PE 100, PE 201, HS 170, HS 262, and HS 263.
- AECTP – Satisfactory performance on all parts (Math, Reading, Writing) of the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program. Official passing scores must be on file with the Office of Student Services. You must register for the test by calling 1-800-294-2105 or via the web: http://www.act.org/alabamaectp.See the Office of Student Services (UCOM 3020) or the Advising Center (UCOM 3360) for deadlines.
- Proof of clear SDE fingerprinting/background check and professional liability insurance.
- Completion of the Dispositions Survey and a signed teacher Candidacy application form.
- Completion of a satisfactory departmental interview with your assigned advisor. Recommendation of advisor, department chairperson and approval of the Candidacy Committee.
- Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform as a teacher.
- Candidacy applications are due one semester prior to enrolling in classes that require Candidacy. The intent is for students to apply for Candidacy AND meet with their advisor prior to registration to enable appropriate planning decisions for upcoming semesters.
- Apply for Candidacy in the Advising Center (UCOM 3360).
- The College of Education Candidacy Committee may recommend, defer or deny admission to the program.
Admission to Candidacy will remain deferred until all requirements have been met and grades are submitted at the end of the term. Once grades are available and all requirements are met, the Office of Student Services will notify students via their official JAG email account when they have been admitted to Candidacy. Students will then be able to register for Candidacy courses.
Requirements For Admission To Candidacy In Non-teacher-certification Programs (HS, LS, PE)
All students must apply for admission to a program during the semester immediately
following the completion of 60 semester hours of credit provided they meet the requirements
listed below. Courses in progress during the semester the student makes application
for candidacy may be used in the candidacy application process.
Admission to a non-teacher certification program requires that
- The student:
a. declare a specialization
b. take any necessary tests
c. submit to any needed evaluations
d. be available for necessary interviews
- The student's application receives approval from the advisor and departmental chair. The application must be submitted to the College of Education Advising Center by the second week of the semester in which the student is eligible to be admitted.
- The student's application receives approval from the Undergraduate Candidacy Committee
- The student's application receives the approval of the Dean or Associate Dean, College of Education
Candidacy requirements are summarized on Departmental Advising Sheets.
The following are the criteria to be considered by the Undergraduate Candidacy Committee:
- Completion of 60 semester hours of course work, 48 of which must be in General Studies.
- A minimum overall grade-point average of 2.2 in the major/specialization (including transfer work) and a grade-point average of 2.2 on all work attempted at the University of South Alabama.
- Sufficient physical ability and emotional stability to perform successfully as a professional. These and other factors could be determined in a departmental interview.
- Recommendation of the advisor and department chair.
- Completion of any departmental prerequisite courses.
- HS majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; PE 100, PE 201; HS 170, HS 262, HS 263; BMD 114, BMD 115; CA 110, and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.
- LS majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; LS 191, LS 292, LS 391, CA 110 and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.
- PE (Exercise Science) majors must complete EH 101, EH 102; PE 100, PE 201, PE 282; HS 170, HS 262, HS 263; BMD 114, CA 110, and any departmental prerequisite courses, in addition to the above.
The Undergraduate Candidacy Committee may recommend the admission of the student to the program, defer admission, or reject the student's application.
Internships In Non-teaching (NTC) Programs (HS, LS, PE)
Students enrolled in one of the following NTC Programs: Health Education, Leisure Studies, or Physical Education/Exercise Science, must be admitted to candidacy in their program and attain senior status prior to enrollment in an internship. All internships must be completed at departmentally approved sites, and must be planned and approved at least one full semester in advance of the experience. No other academic courses may be taken during the internship without permission of the Department Chairperson and HPELS advisor. Health and Physical Education/Exercise Science students enroll in PE 495 and Leisure Studies students enroll in LS 498. See advisor for details and internship planning.
Grade-point Average (GPA) Deficiencies
If additional course work is necessary to fulfill a GPA requirement in any HPELS program, only course work in the humanities, social sciences, science, mathematics, or the teaching field/specialization may be used. Physical Education activity courses may not be used to enhance any program grade point average. Please see advisor for deficiency recommendations.
The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport offers:
I. The Master of Education degree with specializations in:
- Sport Management;
- Exercise Science; and
- Non-Teacher Certification Health Education
These programs are planned to lead to Alabama Class A Teacher Certification. An Alabama Class B certificate or the equivalent is required for students seeking the Master's level (Class A) certification.
II. The Master of Science degree in Sport Managment; Exercise Science; and Non-Teacher
Certification Health Education.