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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ABOUT DEGREE PROGRAMS

How many credit hours are required to be completed in order to graduate with a degree?

Click the program in which you are interested to review its curriculum:

Graduate:

Sport Management graduate degree : The sport management graduate curriculum is a total of 36 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Sport Management Program Page.

Exercise Science graduate degree : The exercise science graduate curriculum is a total of 36 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Exercise Science Program Page .

Athletic Training graduate degree: The athletic training curriculum is a total of 39 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Athletic Training Program Page .

Recreation and Tourism Studies graduate degree: The curriculum is a total of 36 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Recreation and Tourism Studies Page .

Undergraduate:

Health & Physical Education undergraduate degree: The H&PE undergraduate curriculum is a total of 117-125 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Program Prep Teacher HPE Page.

Sport Management undergraduate degree: The sport management undergraduate curriculum is a total of 120 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Sport Management Program Page .

Exercise Science undergraduate degree : The exercise science undergraduate curriculum is a total of 120 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Exercise Science Program Page.

Recreation and Tourism Studies undergraduate degree : The RTS undergraduate curriculum is a total of 120 credit hours. To see the curriculum sheet, access the Recreation & Tourism Program Page.


Whom can I speak to regarding any additional questions I may have about my choice of academic program in this department?

Click on the directory page to view a list of faculty and staff along with their associated academic areas.

How difficult is it to pass the PRAXIS I exam in order to get into the teacher education program for health and physical education?

There are four identified at-risk groups of majors that have a higher likelihood of encountering difficulties passing PRAXIS I:
1. Those whose performance on the SAT were low or marginal at best
2. Transfer students who have an unproven or distant track record on reading, writing, and math
3. Students who have already demonstrated previous difficulties in passing PRAXIS I
4. Students who have a past history of low or marginal grades in English, math, or reading intensive courses

If you fall under any one or more of these groups, you would be a good idea to speak with your advisor about getting further assistance.
For more information about the PRAXIS I. please click the following link - PRAXIS

Are any of the academic programs within the department accredited by professional associations or organizations?

Recreation and Tourism Studies:Undergraduate degree program is accredited by the National Recreation & Park Association/ American Association for Leisure and Recreation (NRPA / AALR) Council on Accreditation.

Health and Physical Education Teacher Prep :
Undergraduate degree program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) after being reviewed by theNational Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Sport Management :
Undergraduate and graduate degree program is approved by the North American Society for Sport Management(NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education(NASPE).

Athletic Training :
Graduate degree program is accredited by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Exercise Science: Programs in this discipline are not currently able to obtain accreditation from any professional societies. The American College of Sports Medicine may offer such accreditation in the future.

ABOUT THE JOB MARKET AND OPPORTUNITIES

What is the job market like within my choice of department major?

H&PE Teacher Prep: There are two main factors which are becoming increasingly relevant for the job marketplace. First, the number of children from baby boomers are now of school-age and taxing the schools in greater numbers. Secondly, baby boomers who are now teachers will be retiring in greater numbers over the ten years. Both factors will contribute substantially to a better job market for those entering into the teaching profession.

Sport Management :
Sport is a multi-billion industry in the U.S.A. and many new types of sport management jobs appear each year. For example, the ODU sport management program has graduates hired full-time for all the active professional sport teams in Hampton Roads including the Norfolk Tides, Admirals, Nighthawks, etc. Two recent full-time hirings in the ODU Athletic Program were graduate students from the ODU sport management program.

Recreation and Tourism Studies:
Currently the job market in this field is very good. Travel and tourism related businesses and enterprises have grown dramatically over the last five years. This growth is visible locally, nationally and internationally. One reason is that cities are in competitive pursuit of tourists (visitor spending) for economic development. Most recently students have found employment in nursing homes, parks and recreation departments, hotels/resorts, and on military bases. Jobs have increased significantly in long term care facilities, residential psychiatric facilities, and community parks and recreation. Due to our management based core curriculum, many of our RLS/RTS graduates become program supervisors within two years.

Exercise Science:
Jobs/workplace for someone with a bachelor's degree in the field of Exercise Science: exercise leader or fitness instructor in the following: Corporate fitness/health promotion programs, Hospital-based fitness/health promotion programs, Hospital cardiac rehabilitation programs, Health clubs, YMCAs, Country clubs, Personal trainer, self-employed or with a company, etc. Most of these settings are well developed and have stable work forces with normal turnover patterns.

What sort of salary range might I expect to see within my chosen field?

H&PE Teacher Prep : In general, the salaries of beginning teachers range from about $32,000-$45,000. Depending upon where you finally get situated, it may be in the $40,000 plus range. There might be some additional enticements school systems offer depending upon their situation.

Sport Management : The salary varies greatly from job to job but the range seems to be in the $25,000 to $35,000 range.

Recreation and Tourism Studies:
Location is often a determining factor for salary range. Cost of living impacts greatly on pay scales. Locally, entry level employee salaries range from $20,000 - $28, 000. In Northern Virginia, entry level employee salaries range from $26,000 - $32,000. The typical entry level salary range for our graduates is $25,000 to $37,000 a year.

Exercise Science:
Entry level bachelor degree holders generally make mid-20s. Salaries in the 30s and 40s or more are attainable, especially with a master's degree. Individuals in personal training have the potential to make much more, depending on the clientele.

What kinds of career paths are available out there with a degree in my discipline?

H&PE Teacher Prep: The teaching profession is the obvious career path that deals specifically with becoming a health and physical educator of students from PreK to 12th grade.

Sport Management:
There are potential jobs to name a few in sport event management, sport facility management, sport marketing and promotions, ticketing, sport sponsorship and advertising sales, sport program supervision and management (e.g., sport camps), health club management, sport community relations, employees of sport commissions, and directors of intramural programs. One would possibly be working in college athletic programs, sport facilities, sport marketing firms, sport event management firms, health club management and membership sales, sport organizations (e.g., NCAA), sport conferences (e.g., CIAA), sport commissions, college athletics, professional sports, and aquatic program management to name a few.

Recreation and Tourism Studies:
Career paths are broken down within each area of interest -

Tourism and Commercial Recreation students are prepared to work in the travel and tourism industry or the business industry. Students work as resort services director, travel agent, tour planner, front office manager, hotel sales manager, conventions coordinator, entry level recreation specialists, recreation program managers, guest service directors, or special event coordinators as examples in Hotels and Resorts, Spas and Health Clubs, Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies, Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and Theme Parks. Therapeutic Recreation students are prepared to work in the health care industry. Students work as a department director, unit/program manager, or recreational therapist and provide therapeutic interventions for individuals with special needs (e.g. spinal cord injury, stroke, mental retardation, Alzheimer disease, depression) in places such as rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, special camps, psychiatric hospitals, community parks and recreation, non-profit organizations, nursing homes, residential treatment facilities, long term care facilities, adult day care, group homes, and transitional living facilities. Public and Military Recreation students are prepared to work in municipal parks and recreation, employee recreation, and military recreation. Students work as employee services director, festival director, camp director, club manager (fitness/health), recreation leaders, sports/athletics coordinators, special events coordinators, concert promoter, aquatics center supervisor or specialists, MWR Activity director, and recreation managers as examples in places such as YMCA/YWCA, City/Town Parks and Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Military Base Recreation Programs, Private Companies, and Community Centers. The RTS curriculum is designed to promote alternative career paths. Many of our graduates have gone on to graduate school. Some examples of alternative career paths include: Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, Geology, and Psychology.

Exercise Science:
A bachelor's degree in the field is often used for entry into related master's degree field