Department of Health & Physical Education

The Department of Health and Physical Education has a nationally accredited (SHAPE) program that is a part of the College of Education professional preparation program curricula designed to serve the students, faculty and staff of Arkansas Tech University.

Following are the SHAPE standards:

Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

The programs in the Department of Health and Physical Education are designed to prepare students for lifelong growth in the physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional and social dimensions. These goals and objectives are met through the qualified faculty’s presentation of research-based information, utilizing the latest technology.

The Department of Health and Physical Education offers the following degree tracks:

  1. Wellness/Fitness Programs: This track serves students who want to pursue professional preparation in the broad area of Wellness and Fitness Programs. This would include those students who desire to work in clinical based, commercial and/or corporate settings.
  2. Health and Physical Education Teacher Licensure: This track serves students who want to teach K-12 Health and Physical Education, with a coaching license.
Driver Education Program

The driver education program has been designed to serve individuals preparing to be driver and traffic education teachers. Additional information about this summer program may be obtained by calling 968-0344.

Contact Information

Dr. Rockie Pederson, Head

J.W. Hull Physical Education Building, Room 109
(479) 968-0430


Shelia Jackson, Rockie Pederson

Associate Professor

John O'Connor, Michael Waller

Assistant Professors

Randy Kirkpatrick, Gina Kraft

Senior Instructors

Peter KellyTroy Norton,


Abby Davis, David Dawson, Robert GrieveChad Kline, James McSweeney, David Wilbers


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