Non-Teacher Certification Majors



This course of study is designed to prepare students for careers as athletic trainers, physical therapists, recreational directors, and coaches. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The student selects a degree without teacher certification or has the option for an area of specialization in EC-12 education. Consult the information for teacher education here for complete information on areas of specialization in EC-12 Physical Education. 

Athletic Training Concentration 

St. Edward's University offers an academic program by which an individual can qualify to sit for the licensure test administered by the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers through the Texas Department of State Health Services. The board is responsible for granting approval based upon performance on the appropriate examination. The required courses of study and the experiential requirements are delineated below.

State of Texas Athletic Trainers License

To be licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, an individual must meet the following university and general requirements:

  1. Hold valid standard First Aid and adult CPR certifications.
  2. Perform and document 1,800 clock hours of field experience under the direct supervision of a state-licensed athletic trainer. Experience must be completed in five fall and/or spring semesters, with no less than 600 clock hours completed within each academic year (KINE 1151-4157, Practica in Athletic Training).
  3. Earn a baccalaureate degree.
  4. Successfully complete the Texas Athletic Trainer Written Examination and the Texas Athletic Trainer Practical Examination and receive subsequent approval of the Board of Athletic Trainers for the state of Texas.
  5. Complete the following courses at St. Edward's:

BIOL 2401     Anatomy and Physiology I

KINE 1320     Safety and First Aid

KINE 2335     Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries

KINE 2344     Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness

KINE 3334     Musculoskeletal Anatomy

KINE 3347     Evaluation of Athletic Injuries

KINE 3348     Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Modalities

KINE 4337     Exercise Physiology

For more information, refer to the Texas Department of Health Athletic Trainer Licensing website.

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

Physical therapy is a health profession whose primary purpose is the promotion of optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to identify, prevent, assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, nursing homes, public health services, home health agencies, sports clinics, athletic teams, research facilities, private offices and the military.

The major in Kinesiology with a pre-professional program for Physical Therapy provides students with the appropriate academic prerequisites to apply for entrance into graduate Physical Therapy programs in the state of Texas and nationwide. Since schools vary in entrance requirements, students should become familiar with the specific requirements of each program of interest and complete the recommended support courses as electives. 

Sports Management Emphasis

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for careers as administrators adn managers in the field of athletics, fitness and health clubs, recreation, as well as entry-level management positions in college and professional sport organizations.  

Through this program, students will be prepared for a diversity of roles in the areas of sports marketing, facility management and planning, human resources, strategic planning, sport finance, and facility design.

Degree Plans