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.

School Mission

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.

School Majors

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

The School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation also houses a center: East Campus Outdoor Learning Center. The East Campus Outdoor Learning Center is focused on the development and implementation of experiential programming. Through facility rentals, team-building programs on the challenge course, and summer camp, participants are introduced to a variety of experiences focused on self-development. The center also serves as our outdoor classroom for many of the adventure education and recreation management courses.

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.

Tracey Matthews

tmatthews@springfieldcollege.edu
Dean, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation