Sport Coaching and Physical Activity

Looking to pursue a career in sports, fitness, coaching or recreation? This program covers all of these bases! Give us a like to learn more.

The physical education teacher education (PETE) specialization is a competitive option that includes the requirements for teacher certification in the state of Ohio. Once a student meets the minimum requirements to be admitted into the major, he/she is automatically enrolled into the major. Students are prepared to earn a teaching license for physical education in grades K–12. A non-licensure option, the physical activity and coaching specialist (PACS) specialization merges an understanding of child and youth development with knowledge and instructional skills in physical activity, sport and nutrition. Students who graduate from this program are prepared to become leaders in youth development in recreation centers, sports clubs, schools and similar locations. Visit our website to find out more! There is also a masters route for PESPA. For more information, visit

Mission: The physical education, sport and physical activity program (PESPA) prepares students to promote and teach physical activity and recreation activities to children and members of the community.

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It’s Advisor Appreciation Week at Ohio State! Join us in thanking an EHE academic advisor for all of their hard work:

"You can push people as far as they trust you." - Urban Meyer defines leadership in the second half of his career

"Working hard is one thing, but working hard with purpose is what separates the good from the great." -Thad Matta

If you're a hard worker with an interest in coaching and physical activity, join the PESPA program and see what the Ohio State University has to offer those with purpose.

Celebrate #NationalWalkingDay today by taking a stroll around the Ohio State Oval.

PESPA students stay after class to play some spike ball! Our major not only offers classes catered towards your love for physical activity, but also allows for opportunities to make lifelong friendships with people of like minds

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A taste of one of the classes the PESPA program at OSU offers. If a degree in coaching and physical activity sounds interesting, visit our website for more information.

7 Likes, 1 Comments - OSUPESPA (@osupespa) on Instagram: “Dr. Lehwald, Invasion Games 2301 professor, teaches PESPA majors on not only how to play LAX but…”

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Our students spent Wednesday treating 400 teens to a Day In the Life of a Buckeye, highlighting some of the benefits of choosing college to continue education after high school.

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FACULTY NEWS: Sue Sutherland, associate professor of kinesiology, received the 2017 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching 🏅 This prestigious honor recognizes faculty for their teaching excellence at The Ohio State University. Join us in congratulating Sue on this incredible achievement!

[03/20/17]   Welcome back from spring break, buckeyes!

Personal Trainer Spotlight : Recreational Sports

Introducing Lauren Conaway, our latest personal trainer spotlight! Lauren is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer majoring in marketing. Lauren became a personal trainer because she loves helping people work towards their fitness goals. To read more, visit the website: #PTSpotlight Rec Sports is looking to feature some of its hard-working personal trainers! For the month of March, four extremely qualified, certified personal trainers have been chosen to tell their stories. These individuals are motivated, compassionate and inspiring. Take a look!

Amber Jones, PACS major, teaches fitness classes at the RPAC in order to prepare for her future as a personal trainer.

If you're interested in a career in personal training, visit our website to learn more about the PACS major. Also, get active with Amber at one of her free OSU student fitness classes found on the RPAC's website!

Scheduling is around the corner! Visit an advisor located within the PAES building to discuss the class options that PESPA has to offer. For more info on the major visit our website using the link in our 'about' page and start on your path to a brighter future in sport, coaching and physical activity!

The Ohio State University Archives

Have you ever wanted to hear someone talk about their experience at Ohio State? You're in luck! We are always collecting oral histories of professors, staff, and students. Give some a listen:

An example of one of our classes. Interested in having more hands on sports classes? Visit our website to find more information on how to begin your pursuit for a career in sport, coaching and physical activity!

Surprise! EHE professor Sue Sutherland was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching this afternoon in the middle of lecture. There is a reason the professors in the college of Education and Human Ecology are such effective teachers. Plan on learning from the best? Visit our website to learn how!

Build a fort and have the time of your life

Did you used to make forts when you were younger? Why not build one today: Many adults have fond memories of playing in the woods as a child. I wax nostalgic remembering my own woods outside of Marietta with an extension into Wayne National Forest. But what about kids today? With televisions, online videos and electronic devices, do kids need the woods and a natural place ...

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Into fitness? OSU earned the title of #1 fittest college in America, as rated by It also ranked among’s fittest colleges in America, where it was noted for its out-of-the-box fitness opportunities. The Recreation and Physical Activity Center is top 5 in the nation for college athletic facilities.

[02/09/17]   Ohio weather can be unpredictable. Lucky for us, between Jesse Owens, the RPAC, and the ARC, there are plenty of facilities around campus to stay active no matter what it's like outside!

Hey Cougars, looking to get a degree in sports or physical activity after earning your associates? OSU is the perfect place to do it.

[01/30/17]   Students in the PESPA program are lucky enough to learn from some of the best. Weidong Li, current faculty at OSU, has been awarded the Curriculum & Instruction Special interest honor award at the conference in March! Congratulations!

Central Ohio Greenways

Ohio has plenty of trails to walk, bike or jog. Take full advantage of #COGTrails combined with these record breaking temperatures this winter!

Keep the #COGTrails in mind when looking for winter activities. The trails are open year round and offer unique experiences in every season.

[01/09/17]   A warm welcome to all the new and returning buckeyes!

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If Commuting Is a Contest, Cyclists Are Winning

"The majority of cyclists reported feeling energized after their commute, regardless of the weather. As the chart above shows, even snowy days don’t discourage intrepid riders. Though small numbers skew their enthusiasm, cyclists who endure cold, snowy weather do so with greater energy than their counterparts in their heated cars, trains, and buses." They’re more likely than drivers, walkers, and straphangers to get to work on time and feeling good.

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Our program teaches ways to modify games and activities to allow for those with disabilities to participate. In a similar fashion, Ohio State is leaving nobody behind when spreading holiday cheer!

Through our toy adaptation program, our students are engineering happier holidays for kids with physical impairments. More info:

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In Case You Missed It: There's exciting things happening with trails in Columbus!

[12/19/16]   Congratulations to all the Buckeyes who graduated yesterday and remember: once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.

[12/16/16]   Finals are officially over and fall semester is a wrap. Have a wonderful break, Buckeyes! ❄️❄️❄️

Our grad students at OAHPERD
Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

OSU paid a visit to OAHPERD last week and, needless to say, they had a good time.

Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

SCPA would like to congratulate Joel Waits for being awarded the Memorial Scholarship Award in recognition of being the State’s outstanding major and Dr. Sue Sutherland for being awarded the Excellence in Programming Award which recognizes the State’s most outstanding higher education faculty member.
Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Keep up the good work, Buckeyes.

Congratulations to former OSU graduate Selene Kelley for being awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year last week at Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

The PESPA Club sponsored a trip for its members to see the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes last night!

Sport Coaching and Physical Activity

"Together we remain unified in the face of adversity." - The Ohio State University

Today we continue to move forward, unified, secure and #BuckeyeStrong. Info on counseling and additional resources: We are all Buckeyes. We will persevere.

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Unified, secure and #BuckeyeStrong, our campus community gathered on Tuesday night to reflect and heal.

The Ohio State University has shown its incredible strength over the past few days. From the fast responses by Ohio State police and medical staff to the thoughtful help of the university's support groups, OSU has certainly proven its durability. #BuckeyeStrong

[11/28/16]   What a sad day for Ohio State. We want to thank the first responders who did such a good job minimizing casualties. We also keep those affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Battling for a common good

Help save lives while beating That School Up North -- it's the ulti❌ate win-win! Get the history of the Ohio State-❌ichigan Blood Battle -- and find out where you can donate -- below. For more than 30 years Ohio State and Michigan fans have used their rivalry as a way to increase blood donations close to home.

[11/21/16]   Dr. Jackie Goodway and doctoral students Emi Tsuda and Ruri Famelia presented at the International Conference on Motor Development Research at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Goodway was a member of the organizing team for the conference. Over 65 scholars from 5 continents were present and discussed the future of motor development.

[11/20/16]   Dr. Phillip Ward recently returned from Turkey and Cyprus where he presented his research on content knowledge and teacher effectiveness.

If you're looking to pursue a career in training, coaching or teaching, it is important to understand the needs of those who may not be able to do things the same way as everyone else.

So join us on November 19 for Columbus' "Paralympic Experience Day." The event is open to all individuals and ages! #LifeinCBus #CRPD

Enjoy a Paralympic Experience...
Join us on November 19 for our "Paralympic Experience Day." Watch, learn and participate in this three hour celebration of Paralympic sport. The goal is to show individuals with physical disabilities how participation in sport can positively impact their lives. Event is open to all individuals and ages! #LifeinCBus #CRPD

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