The mission of the Sport Education program is to academically prepare students for success in the discipline of sport pedagogy, while consistently placing emphasis on leadership, faith, and service.
The Sport Education program clearly flows from the overall mission of the university. With society placing an undeniably strong emphasis on sport, it is critical that the university be engaged in the preparation of capable sport instructors and coaches. Our goal is to prepare graduates who are ready to make an immediate, lasting, and profound impact on future generations. The focus of the Sport Education program is on the development of knowledge and skills needed to be successful as sport instructors. Our coursework is provided in the context of a Christian worldview, with an emphasis on leadership, faith, and service; thus enabling graduates to make continuing and significant contributions within their communities.
Completion of this program prepares one for success within a number of careers. These may include:
- Sport Instructor (private instruction, sports academies, elite summer camps, etc.)
- Coach (at all levels)
- Activities Director
- Recreation Coordinator
- Any position in which quality instruction and guidance of sport and physical activity occurs.
In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, 39 hours of credit are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Sport Education. Additional requirements include a capstone experience taken during the final semester of enrollment to demonstrate academic achievements and professional readiness.
Sport Education majors may consider taking the Recreation minor. The 18-hour recreation minor prepares students for careers in a variety of settings: community centers, summer camps, recreation ministries, activity programs, college intramurals, state parks, and more..
Students who choose to major in Sport Education can choose any other university minor.