Program Coordinator: Dr. Debby Traywick
The Physical Education/Health's educational program provides students with entry level competencies to teach physical education and health in schools, grades K-12. The curriculum develops and enhances the students' psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains. Quality instruction and appropriate content is achieved through faculty dedication and adherence to NCATE and NASPE standards for program design. The Physical Education/Health Program seeks to blend and balance its curriculum to meet the overall goals of school and American society that impact an ever-changing global environment. Program graduates are competitive professionals in the state, regional, and national job markets. The philosophy, conceptual framework, and content progression of the UCO Physical Education/Health program is in direct alignment with the University's mission statement.
The Physical Education Program is a member of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies (KHS) and its predecessor The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, have had a long and prestigious history at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Physical training was offered as a course as early as 1895. A gymnasium was built in the new South Building in 1903, housing ladders, ropes, horizontal and parallel bars, vaulting horses, and weights. Emma W. Plunkett joined the women’s physical education staff in 1928. Miss Plunkett was instrumental in the development of the department and a major influence in the Physical Education Program. Physical Education major’s today our influenced by her impact to the program as well as a scholarship program she endowed to the program. Wantland Hall officially opened in February 1928 and continues to be the home of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. During the 1950s, the Health and Physical Education Building, a combination activity and classroom facility was constructed. Currently both buildings are used by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, the Art Department and the Department of Theater and Dance.
NCATE/NASPE National Recognition
Physical Education/Health Teaching Positions K-12