Health & Physical Education with pre K-12 teacher certification This NEW program is a combined blended major that is aligned with current Health and Physical Education programs and will make graduates more marketable. Combining the Health Education and Physical Education Majors into one single major allows graduates to obtain licensure in both areas, as they are both desired to acquire a teaching position. This change also allows students to take less time to complete the program than a traditional program and will ensure students are more prepared once they enter the teaching field.
Exercise and Sport Science (minor required). This program is designed for students who seek careers in a broad range of areas related to exercise and sport science, including: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, personal training, sport management, corporate wellness center, coaching, physical and occupational therapy, and health promotion. The program prepares students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in any Kinesiology sub-discipline (athletic training, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, sport management, sport psychology). Upon graduation students are required to take the ACSM or NSCA certification exam.
Health and Wellness Management (HWM) An online bachelor's degree completion program. A 63-credit collaborative, online, degree-completion program, offered jointly by UW-River Falls, UW-LaCrosse, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. For more information go to: http://hwm.wisconsin.edu/
The department also offers 5 minors. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enjoy the opportunities provided through our minors.
Adapted Physical Education The Adapted Physical Education Minor is a 23 credit minor for students seeking teacher certification to meet the needs of students with disabilities within physical education. This is an "add-on certification" for Comprehensive pre K-12 Physical Education majors only. It is not a "stand alone minor" for students from any other major.
Athletic Coaching The Athletic Coaching Minor is a 24 credit minor which prepares students to enter the world of Athletic Coaching. Students are required to take a scientific based core of 18 credits and 6 credits of coaching theory. The culminating experience is a 3 credit coaching practicum.
Health Education The Health Education Minor is a 23 credit minor which can lead to teacher certification if combined with a certifiable major. Non-education majors can minor in Health Education-Liberal Arts which would prepare a student to work in the area of health promotion and risk reduction.
Outdoor Education The Outdoor Education Minor provides a series of challenging outdoor experiences that develop personal skills in outdoor adventure activities, prepares the student to teach these activities and develops the leadership skills to work with groups in outdoor adventure programs. Activities students participate in include wilderness backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, winter camping, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, high ropes challenge courses, group initiative challenge activities, and orienteering.
For your convenience, the Health and Human Performance department has several of the commonly requested forms available online, including checklists for ensuring completion of major/minor requirements, a form to request a course substitution and an approval form for Option II majors as well as several other forms.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls welcomes students with disabilities into the university's educational programs and activities. Students with disability-related needs for reasonable accommodations should contact the Disability Services Office,102 Davee Library, (715) 425-3531. Before final decisions can be made to allow accommodation, students must provide documentation; see http://www.uwrf.edu/academic-success/ for further details.