Greetings from the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Springfield College!
If your goal is a career in sport, wellness, physical education, nutrition, exercise science, athletic training or recreational activities, then Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation will prepare you to excel.
The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is dedicated to the College’s mission of the Humanics philosophy through enhanced curricula that offers purposeful experiential learning and expansive content knowledge. These educational experiences prepare our students to meet the progressive rigors of their careers. Our students are encouraged to be critical thinkers and change agents in their chosen fields of endeavor. We pledge our commitment to function as a collegial community dedicated to innovative teaching, meaningful community and professional service, and productive scholarly endeavor.
Our major fields of study—applied exercise science, athletic training, nutritional sciences, physical education, health education, adventure education, sport management, and recreation management—are nationally and internationally recognized as among the leading professional preparation programs in the United States. All of our programs are accredited and/or approved by the appropriate national organizations or government agencies. Although each major is unique and prepares students to enter a variety of professions, they all have a general education foundation augmented by significant real-world experience built into the curricula. Most of the majors require at least two practical experiences, including a full semester internship, fieldwork, or student teaching.
Real World Experience
We have placed student interns with ESPN, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, Disney World, Boston Children’s Hospital, Connecticut PGA, Cooper Aerobic Institute, the Buffalo Bills, Stowe Mountain Resort, National Park Service, the universities of Tennessee, Texas, Auburn, and Massachusetts, YMCAs, and with many other sites. A large majority of our graduates secured their first jobs because of their exceptional performance in these high-quality learning experiences. We place student teachers within a 90-mile radius of the College for supervision and Massachusetts teacher licensing purposes. Springfield College’s eminence in sport, wellness, physical education, nutrition, exercise science, athletic training and recreation is the result of:
(1) Excellent design of our programs
(2) Commitment and dedication of our expert faculty
(3) High quality of our students
(4) Competency and achievement of our alumni
If you’re up to the challenge of top-quality professional preparation at a truly prestigious institution, we’d like to hear from you.
East Campus Outdoor Learning Center and Center for Wellness Education and Research
The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation also houses two centers: East Campus Outdoor Learning Center and the Center for Wellness Education and Research. The East Campus Outdoor Learning Center is focused on the development and implementation of experiential programming. Through facility rentals, teambuilding programs on the challenge course, and summer camp, participants are introduced to a variety of experiences focused on self-development.
The Center for Wellness Education and Research is the preeminent center for best practices in nutrition and physical activity programming for youth. The signature program of the center is Wellness Through Sports. Sport participation is an outstanding vehicle to promote character development and learn life skills. Given the clear connection between wellness and sport participation, we have created a program to improve youth knowledge, skills, and behavior in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. Tens of millions of youth participate in sport activities annually, providing an excellent platform to promote wellness.
Thank you for your interest in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.
Dean, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation