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Prospective Students
College of Education and Human Development


The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation offers a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in the areas of Health (teaching), Physical Education (teaching), Recreation (non-teaching), and Therapeutic Recreation (nonteaching).

Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) website. HPER is a resourceful department that provides services, educational experiences, programs, and activities for students, staff, faculty, and the community. The department embraces its fundamental obligation to realize the goals of the College of Education and Human Development and the mission of Jackson State University in “Challenging Minds and Changing Lives.” HPER is committed to providing programs and services that promote and support the health, physical fitness, social, and wellness needs of JSU students.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals to lead healthier, more active lives by providing quality education, research, and outreach in the areas of health, physical education, and recreation. We strive to promote lifelong learning, physical fitness, and well-being while fostering a sense of community and inclusivity.


Facilities and Resources

Jackson State University provides state-of-the-art facilities and resources to support the academic and recreational needs of our students. From well-equipped fitness centers to moderns classrooms and research labs, we offer everything you need to succeed in your academic journey and stay active.

What To Expect

General Requirements

ADMISSION CRITERIA (Health Education and Physical Education Licensure Programs)
● Complete a 12 credit hour Clinical Internship in Student Teaching.
● Have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher to be admitted to the Center for Teacher
Quality–the academic program through which the educator licensure is
obtained. For additional information please see the JSU Center for Teacher Quality.
● Complete all Teacher Certification Tests (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators,
Principles of Learning and Teaching, Praxis II-Content Knowledge) to enroll for selected
restricted courses. (Refer to the Approved Curriculum Map)
● Not enroll in EDCI 401 and EDCI 402 during the same semester.
● Submit to a criminal background check prior to receiving a clinical internship placement for
student teaching. The fee associated with this screening is the responsibility of the teacher



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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2768.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



Joseph H. Jackson
College of Education and Human Development
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217


(601) 979-2768