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Admittance to the School of Education professional program is the first step towards certification. The process involves several checkpoints. For more information, visit our
website. Interested students should speak to
Dr. Jim Kamla and sign up for EDFO 210: Foundations of Education to find out about the profession.
Most students in physical therapy school have graduated with degrees in exercise science and related fields. The exercise and sport science degree plan at USC Upstate has adequate space to complete prerequisites for physical therapy or other health-related professions. Students selecting this option can generally graduate in four years if they declare the EXSC major in their first two years. However, excellent grades are required and students should carefully consider whether they are capable of performing at the highest level to compete for limited spaces at regional PT schools.
A variety of careers in fitness, health and sports are available. A listing and description of these can be found on our
careers page. Students in the exercise/sport science concentration are prepared to take national certification exams, which will dramatically improve their job prospects.
The EXSC department is not accredited to graduate athletic trainers; however, with the right prerequisites, graduates can apply to graduate programs in athletic training. Most graduate programs in South Carolina only accept students with undergraduate degrees in athletic training, but a number of other programs accept applicants from other fields. The
CAATE website has a listing of entry level masters (ELM) programs across the nation.
The program added a
minor in Strength and Conditioning in 2011. This 21 hour minor includes background coursework and specific preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, which is offered on campus by the NSCA each January.
Although we do not have major-specific scholarships at this time, students in the exercise and sport science program at USC Upstate can qualify for the
enhanced Life Scholarship ($2,500), an opportunity only available to students at two other schools in South Carolina.
Yes. You must first contact the South Carolina State Department to get a list of what classes will be necessary to make this transition. The proper forms can be found on their
website. You can then meet with an advisor on campus to decide how best to take the necessary classes.
Exercise/sport science students complete both a 100-hour field experience, during which sophomores and juniors gain a basic understanding of the profession and a 200-hour internship, which prepares graduating seniors to perform in many professional roles in their future profession. If you would like to be included on our list of approved internship sites, contact
Dr. Ben Snyder.
We often have transfer students interested in the major and most graduate in a reasonable time frame. Transfer classes are evaluated on a case by case basis and we can often match what you have taken with similar classes at Upstate. Students transferring from a community college should investigate the
University's Direct Connect program to find out how the process can be made easier.
Many athletic coaches in the public school system also teach physical education. Because of the need for high quality PE teachers, we strongly encourage our students to make teaching their priority. If coaching is your primary interest, students in your P.E. classes may not receive the outstanding instruction they deserve.
Dr. Ben SnyderProgram CoordinatorExercise and Sports Science DirectorPhone: 864-503-5528Fax: 864-503-5574
Dr. Jim KamlaPhysical Education Teacher Education DirectorPhone: 864-503-5851Fax: 864-503-5574
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