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The first credit courses in Physical Education were offered by the Faculty of Education in 1945. This led to a Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education first offered in 1948.
The School of Physical Education was established in 1954, and the Bachelor of Physical Education degree was accredited on April 1, 1964. The School of Physical Education became the Faculty of Physical Education in 1964, and in 1976 the name was changed to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
The Faculty currently offers the following undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism - 4 Years
- Bachelor of Kinesiology - 4 Years
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - 4 Years
- Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education (Elementary) - 5 Years
- Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - 5 Years
In addition to the five undergraduate degrees, the Faculty provides a wide selection of service courses for students in the Faculty of Education, who have selected Physical Education as a Major or Minor field of study.
Students who wish to be certified to teach Physical Education in Alberta may complete
- The five-year Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education Combined Degrees program; or
- The four-year Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program and then undertake the 2-year Bachelor of Education (After Degree) program; or
- The four-year Bachelor of Education degree (Secondary Route) with a Major or Minor in Physical Education; or
- The four-year Education degree (Elementary Route) with a Minor in Physical Education.
Note: The Bachelor of Kinesiology degree offers approximately 40% more professional courses in Kinesiology than the Bachelor of Education degree program. Interested students should consult the Faculty of Education section of the University Calendar for further detailed information.
Students holding the a degree of BKin, BScKin, or the equivalent may undertake graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Students holding the degree of BA in Recreation Sport and Tourism or equivalent may undertake graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. See Physical Education and Recreation for further details in the Graduate Studies section of the University Calendar.
The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation organizes and administers a wide a variety of extracurricular recreational programs which offer physical, psychological and social benefits for all University of Alberta students and staff, and their families. The vast array of Campus Recreation activities allows students and staff to create dynamic groups which form smaller communities within the University of Alberta to be active for life.
Teams, clubs, classes and special events offer increased opportunities for interaction with others and engagement in university community. Programs offered include: Intramural Sports, Group Fitness, Instructional Recreation, Sport and Recreation Clubs, Safety Programs, Residence Hall programs and Special Events.
The Faculty's home, located on the North Campus, is the Van Vliet Physical Education and Recreation Centre named by the University of Alberta in honor of the contributions of Dr Maurice (Maury) L Van Vliet. Dr Van Vliet served the University with distinction from 1945 to 1978 as a teacher, scholar, coach, administrator, and as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. The Van Vliet Centre itself is comprised of the following facilities:
- Universiade Pavilion
- Clare Drake Arena
- Main Gymnasium
- Varsity Field
- Dance studio
- Racquetball courts
- Squash courts
- Indoor swimming pools (2)
- Indoor climbing wall (15 metres)
- Indoor track (Two hundred metres)
- Campus Fitness and Lifestyle Centre
In addition, The Faculty has facilities located on the South Campus:
- Foote Field: consists of an artificial turf field, a natural grass field, and a state-of-the-art running track that was used as a practice venue during the 2001 World Championships in Athletics
- The Saville Community Sports Centre (SCSC): a 32516 m2 multi-sport facility managed and operated by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.
The Centre is the home of the Golden Bears and Pandas basketball, curling, tennis and volleyball teams, and houses the Canadian Curling Association National Training Centre, Tennis Canada High Performance Tennis Development Centre, and Team Ortona Gymnastics.
- Eight indoor tennis courts
- Ten curling sheets
- Fitness centre
- Fitness studio
- Indoor track
- High Performance Training and Research Centre
- Competition gym (seating for 2800)
- Ortona Gymnastics facility
- Twelve basketball courts
- Twenty-five volleyball courts
- Thirty badminton courts
- Conference rooms
Associated Centres and Institutes include the following:
- Alberta Centre for Active Living
- Alberta Centre on Aging
- Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre
- Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic
- Pat Austin Centre
- Provincial Fitness Unit
- Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement
- Sport Performance Unit
The University of Alberta provides opportunities for men and women to compete in a wide variety of interuniversity sports. Men compete in basketball, cross-country, curling, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor), volleyball, and wrestling. Women compete in basketball, cross-country, curling, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor), volleyball, and wrestling.
The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation offers programs leading to the degrees of MA, MSc, MCoach and PhD in many disciplines related to the broad areas of physical education, sport, kinesiology, recreation and leisure. The MA degrees are available in a course-based as well as thesis-based format. The MCoach degree is a course-based degree.
For further information, write to the Office of the Associate Dean (Graduate Programs) of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2H9.
For detailed information on graduate studies, refer to www.physedandrec.ualberta.ca.
Refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research section Graduate Programs for more information regarding regulations.