Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Our Mission

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is committed to excellence and the faculty is dedicated to teaching, scholarly activity and service. The primary mission of the School of HPER is to prepare students for successful careers or advanced academic studies in Health Education, Physical Education and Recreation. The faculty shares a common sense of purpose to provide the knowledge, resources, and opportunities that will enable students to possess the skills and dispositions necessary to become dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens.

Accreditation

Our educator programs in Health and Physical Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska State Department of Education. More information on the NCATE accreditation process can be found at the NCATE website.

 

Our Athletic Training undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Education

  • Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Recreation Administration
  • Secondary Education with an endorsement in Physical Education (K-6, 7-12)
  • Secondary Education with endorsements in 7-12 Physical Education and 7-12 Health Education

Other information

    Admissions

Athletic Training Admission Information

Applicants for the athletic training program are admitted once per year in the fall semester with applications being due February 28th.  Students may obtain application materials from the HPER office, or online at the athletic training webpage.  A grade of “C” or higher in PE 1010, 2400, 2500, and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 are required for admission.  Applications must be submitted by February 28th for fall semester admission.  Acceptance will be based on the completeness and quality of the application, the number of openings available, GPA, academic performance in PE 1010, PE 2400, 2500, previous athletic training experience and an interview with the selection committee.  Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  Contact the School of HPER for admission requirements, acceptance criteria, and technical standards.

 

Once admitted to the athletic training program, the student will obtain clinical experience hours as part of course requirements.  Those experiences involve some nights, weekends, and travel.  Students are expected to obtain an average of 20 hours of clinical experience per week.  Clinical experience will vary by semester and student needs.  Criteria for successful completion of each semester’s clinical experience are provided in course syllabi.

 

International applicants are required to have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (80 for the iBT).  Accreditation standards require formal admission to this program.

Public Health Admission Information

Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5.

Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science Admission Information

Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5.

Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Recreation Administration Admission Information

Students must have a cumulative and major GPA of at least 2.5.

Physical Education and Health Education Educator Preparation Program Admission Information

The college offers educator preparation programs at the following levels:  elementary education, middle grades, and secondary education.  For a complete listing of the endorsement areas at each level see http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-education/teacher-education/undergraduate/endorsements.php.  Students need a cumulative gpa of 2.75 or higher from the Nebraska University system to apply to the educator preparation program and to take teacher education coursework.

Basic Skills Testing Requirement for Educator Preparation Program

With the exception of EDUC 2030, EDUC 2020, and certain HPER courses, no professional education courses may be taken until the Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators requirements have been meet, and formal acceptance to the educator preparation program has been completed.

 

The Basic Skill Testing requirement for admission to educator preparation are passing scores on the Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators test.  The Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators measures academic skills in reading, writing, and math that are needed to successfully prepare for a career in education.  The Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators test is delivered by computer only (except for ADA accommodations).  Praxis I-CORE Academic Skills for Educators passing scores are:  Reading- 156, Writing-162, and Mathematics-150.

 

Application for Admission to Educator Preparation Program

Students meeting the criteria must formally apply for admission to the educator preparation program.  Formal admission policies can be found on the college website at: http://coe.unomaha.edu/oss/PreEdadmissions.php. Deadlines for applying are October 1 for spring semester, and March 1/June 1 for fall semester.  Admission is selective.  Meeting the criteria for applying does not ensure admission to the educator preparation program. 

Students planning to transfer to an educator preparation program in the College of Education from another college within UNO must meet all of the conditions and formally apply for admission to the educator preparation program.

All students accepted into the educator preparation program must complete a background check.  The background check must be conducted in the time frame and by the vendor determined by the College of Education.  The student is responsible for the cost of the background check.

Upon formal admission to the educator preparation program, all students are required to purchase LiveText, a web-based interface that documents progress in regard to program standards.

Contact:

School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182

402-554-2670

Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-education/health-physical-education-recreation/