The undergraduate and graduate programs in physical education prepare professionals to develop, teach and promote fitness and wellness programs that enhance the quality of life at every age. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students gain the skills necessary to work with individuals and diverse groups in a variety of settings that includes schools, community health centers, hospitals, recreation centers, and workplace environments.
- Students learn to use exercise, sport, games, recreation and dance to develop instructionally and developmentally appropriate programs for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. These programs foster a healthy lifestyle and encourage the development of self-esteem and multicultural awareness.
- The division also offers programs in exercise science and athletic training that emphasize the role of physical activity for athletic performance, disease prevention, and rehabilitation.
- The division offers undergraduate and graduate degrees leading to a Mississippi State teaching certification. The division also offers dual certification in health and physical education.
- Students may also choose to minor in health, sport management, exercise science, recreation or physical education. Each minor requires 18-21 credits in a specific area of study determined in conjunction with the adviser.
- Students are encouraged to join the Physical Education Majors Club during their first semester and to take advantage of membership in state, regional, and national health and physical education-related academic and advocacy association.