Physical Education

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Although jumping jacks and the crab walk are fun, there’s a lot more to physical education. In addition to physical activity, you’ll take courses in psychomotor development, exercise testing, administration, human anatomy and much more to help you develop teaching and presentational skills. The physical education program at Davis & Elkins College will also provide you with a variety of professional experiences necessary for a career in this movement-based field.

Physical education teachers are required to complete a teacher certification program with a specialty in physical education and in another minor subject. If you’re not pursuing teacher certification, you’ll complete a practicum in a work-related field of study.

You’ll learn from faculty members who have extensive knowledge, practical experience and the dedication necessary to inspire you to achieve your goals. During your academic year, you’ll be provided with a variety of engaging experiences, both on and off campus, to help you build a strong resume which is necessary to succeed.


Throughout your studies as a physical education major you’ll complete student teaching or practicum assignments under professional supervision. Our relationship with the local school system and strong alumni connections will provide you with opportunities to engage with leaders working in the field.

Once you earn your degree, you’ll be prepared for a teaching career in physical education, as well as for a career in related areas such as coaching at a variety of different levels, youth work, various health fields, sport and athletic programs, and the management of sport- and athletic-related businesses.

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Students majoring in the sport sciences have a range of facilities to further their learning experiences.

The McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education and Athletics is D&E’s main indoor athletic facility. The athletic training suite, a key learning facility for sport science students, houses two therapeutic whirlpools for rehabilitation, three electrical stimulation units to help student-athletes recover from injuries, and Game Ready, a therapy system that integrates cold and compression. The suite also includes various equipment necessary for student-athlete therapy rehabilitation.

Adjacent to The McDonnell Center, Hermason Center includes George A. Myles Pool and Robbins-Madden Fitness Center. Utilized by sport science students enrolled aquatics courses, the pool area was renovated in 2012. The fitness center offers a variety of cardiovascular equipment, CYBEX strength equipment, and a complete free weight area with Olympic benches and racks.

Students in the physical education program may also attend classes in Memorial Gymnasium/Martin Field House. An important practice space for D&E athletic programs, the facility contains space for classes, batting cages and Seybolt Indoor Golf Academy. Classes are also held on D&E’s Nuttall Field, Joni Smith Softball Field, Katherine S. Thomas Tennis Center, baseball field and cross country course.

In addition to on-campus facilities, sport science students gain experience in Randolph County Schools classrooms, Elkins-Randolph County YMCA and other nearby athletic facilities.

Student stretching in facility
Boy playing football
Student explaining a presentation

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