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Physical Education, BS: Sports and Recreation Education Area

Sports and Recreation Degree

Good coaching should mean good teaching. Develop the skills you need to bring out the best in players on the field with a Sports and Recreation degree from the University of Central Missouri. 

At UCM, where we’ve specialized in education for 150 years and counting, you’ll learn philosophy and modern teaching and coaching methods as well as fitness and safety techniques. Your undergraduate Sports Education degree will make you an asset to recreation education programs anywhere, from youth sport camps and community sport centers to youth sport leagues and more.

Flexible program tailored to your needs

A UCM Sports and Recreation degree allows you to customize your course of study. Take advantage of our on-campus bowling alley, or take SCUBA classes if you’re interested in water sports. Design the Sports and Recreation Management degree that leads to your dream career.

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Qualify for recreation education jobs

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Hands-on, student-centered learning

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Classes tailored to your interests

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Coaching and professional opportunities

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Learn adaptive teaching strategies

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Affordable tuition, quality education

What you will study

Access an exciting array of courses, facilities and professional development resources through UCM’s Sports Education degree program. Our Sports and Recreation Management degree produces well-rounded graduates who go on to excel in their chosen careers.

Begin your Sports and Recreation bachelor’s degree program by gaining a better understanding of the human body with classes in nutrition, biology and child development. Once you have a solid foundation, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes such as:

  • Adapted Physical Education: Learn how to make recreation education available to students of all abilities.
  • Outdoor Skills: Be prepared for adventure by building essential outdoor sports and recreation skills such as nature survival and backpacking while earning your Sports Education degree.
  • Coaching and Sport Analysis: Complete an in-depth study about the theory and coaching strategies of a sport you’re passionate about.


Excellence in Physical Education

  • UCM's Physical Education programs are nationally accredited. While a Sports and Education bachelor’s degree does not lead to licensure, you - and future employers - can be sure that your training is high-quality and standards-focused.
  • A Most Popular College for Health & Physical Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education(College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in sports education

The University of Central Missouri fosters a student-centered, hands-on approach to sports education. Our faculty will work with you to customize your Sports and Recreation Management degree to your interests and career path needs.

UCM recognizes that successful career preparation goes beyond coursework. Build your professional development skills with our diverse community of alumni and on-campus student groups. This enriching network will support you and provide new opportunities long after you’ve earned your Sports and Recreation degree:

  • Coaching: Earn experience — and income — by coaching for local schools or intramural leagues.
  • Study abroad: Spend a semester abroad to experience a new culture while earning your general education credits from one of UCM’s partner schools around the world.
  • Professional development: Learn from the region’s foremost experts in Sports and Recreation at the annual MOSHAPE Convention and build a lasting network of personal and professional support through the UCM Physical Educators Club.


What can you do with a degree in Sports and Recreation Education from UCM?

A bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Education from the University of Central Missouri prepares you to coach or pursue an advanced degree. Graduates of our Sports Education Degree program have been placed with city sports and recreation departments, collegiate athletic teams and high schools.

UCM’s Sports and Recreation degree combines practical job training with a quality educational core. We ensure you have the real-world skills and evidence-based training it takes to excel at sports education jobs. Our graduates have a sterling reputation among state and regional employers and enjoy over 90 percent placement rates.

Learn more about sports and recreation jobs

Use our interactive tool below to discover what salaries, typical jobs, regional trends and growth you can expect when entering the job market with a Sports and Recreation Management degree.




Financial assistance options for your Sports and Recreation Management degree

Make a smart investment in your future with an affordable bachelor’s degree in Sports Education from the University of Central Missouri. Our well-respected Physical Education program, with high job placement rates, will set you on the path to a stable career. We are committed to low student debt and will work with you to finance your college education in a way that supports your goals.

The majority of students at UCM receive financial aid. In addition to our many university-wide funding programs, as a Sports Education degree student, you may be eligible for these additional scholarships: 

  • Lyle B. and Evelyn E. Beaver Scholarship in Recreation
  • Dr. Robert Tompkins Memorial Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Once you’ve completed your Physical Education bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation, you can pursue an advanced degree for even more job opportunities and income potential:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Add a minor to your bachelor’s degree program in order to gain deeper knowledge in a content area, expanding your job opportunities:

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Explore programs related to a sports and education degree.

Coaching and other jobs in sports and recreation are only one facet of physical education. You may also want to consider: 


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