Oct 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Kinesiology and Recreation Administration

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Thornton Draper, Chair
Telephone: (919) 530-6186/5383
Fax: (919) 530-6156
Main Office:  C211 Leroy T. Walker Complex

The Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration offers courses leading to both a bachelor  kinesiology and recreation administration. The Department of  Kinesiology and Recreation Administration offers nationally accredited academic programs designed to prepare professionals for careers in kinesiology, physical education teacher education, and recreation administration.


The mission of the department is to prepare quality professionals in the areas of Kinesiology , and recreation administration facilitate practical and action-based research and scholarly inquiry.  We embrace and promote lifelong opportunities for learning and participation that contribute to healthy lifestyles.

Our constituency consists of undergraduate and graduate students, the University Community, the local community, allied groups, organizations and practitioners.  The three  interrelated units of Kinesiology; Physical Education Teacher Education; and Recreation Administration serve our constituents through teaching, research endeavors, and service designed to prepare professionals that will impact the well-being of society as a whole.

Core Values:

Provide students with tools to succeed

Development of leadership qualities

Social and academic engagement


The departmental goals are in line with the strategic goal of North Carolina Central University:

Strengthen Student Success by developing and implementing new programs and curriculum to align with 21st century outcomes and workforce demands. Increase the level of research, grant writing, and community service learning.

Broaden the department’s partnership with local, regional and global organization and continue to develop Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other institutions. 

Recreation Administration

The Recreation Administration Program is designed to prepare students for direct and supervisory leadership positions in recreation and leisure service organizations and graduate study in recreation administration/management work experiences, including practicum and internships, work with public, semi-public and private organizations at the local, state, district, national, or international levels.  Settings can include community/governmental, voluntary/nonprofit, commercial, private membership, armed forces, employee, and campus and therapeutic recreation. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) in association with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the parks, recreation, and leisure studies program includes study in programming, administration and management, finance, human resources, marketing, risk management, and technology.  The course of study provides students with the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pass the National Recreation and Parks Association Certified Parks and Recreational Professional Examination and the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Examination. 

A student majoring in Recreation Administration must complete one of the concentrations within the PARK program.  The   program concentrations are: 

  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Recreational Sport Management
  • Recreational Therapy

These concentrations share a core of required courses in Recreation. Founded in 1949, the Recreation program is currently the only COAPRT-NRPA accredited HBCU with a graduate program.


The program in kinesiology allows students to put theory into practice through Practical Field experiences.

The kinesiology concentrations are:

  • Dance
  • Physical Education Teaching K-12
  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Sports Medicine
  • Strength and Conditioning

These concentrations share a core of required courses in  Kinesiology.  The Physical Education Teacher Education is accredited by SACS, National Association of Sport and Physical Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Kinesiology and Recreation Adminstration Requirements

All kinesiology and recreation students must pass a proficiency exam in beginning swimming and intermediate swimming (or take courses).  Students majoring in physical education teacher education (PETE) must earn a 2.7 grade point average (GPA) in order to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.  Students within the concentration of sports medicine  must attain a 3.3 or better grade point average in order to be admitted into professional or graduate school, fitness and wellness mangement and strength & conditioning students must maintain a GPA of 2.3 or higher.  A grade point average of 2.25 is required for Recreation Administration.

All students must have a 2.0 or higher to graduate from the University.


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