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School of Education & Exercise Science

Educating the leaders of tomorrow.

OKWU’s professional education programs prepare future educators, counselors and school leaders to influence their communities and schools, while our groundbreaking exercise science programs prepare graduates for careers in the fields of health, wellness, and physical training. No matter your interests, we have the program to meet your needs.

Our focus is on educating the whole person. It’s not just about filling your head with knowledge, or about refining your beliefs. And it’s about more than practical experience. We want to educate all of you – head, heart, hands, and habits — to equip you to follow God’s calling on your life.


Biblically Based

Found in the first chapter of Genesis, the concept of imago Dei reminds us that we are all made in God’s image. Our goal is to help place well-equipped and highly qualified believers into our culture who understand the inherent value of people.

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Clinical Experience

Our focus is giving you authentic, hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. You’ll step into clinical experiences earlier than many other programs and accrue more clinical hours in our program than is required. Experience is the best teacher, and we want you to experience all your field has to offer.

Relevant Instruction

Our classes allow you to engage with professors who have current, relevant experiences in their fields. They use their diverse experiences to bring the real world to your classes every day, integrating practical instruction with the textbook curriculum.

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We want to get to know you as a person and a student. In our collegial, collaborative work environment, our students develop relationships with their instructors that extend beyond the classroom.

Dean’s Scholarship


Are you an exceptional kind of student? Someone who wants more out of life and is willing to explore, inquire, study, and learn more?

Then consider applying for one of our new $10,000 annual Dean’s Scholarships. Our deans are awarding extraordinary students who are committed to excellence in their studies. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills that prepare you to be real-world ready. Tomorrow needs you!


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Exercise Science Minor

Required Courses:

Kinesiology (PHYE 3813)
Exercise Physiology (PHYE 3823)
Athletic Injuries & Training (HLTH 3653)

Select 9 Hours from the Following Courses:

Exercise Lab Techniques (PHYE 4222)
Motor Learning (PHYE 3323)
Therapeutic Modalities (PHYE 3473)
Medical Terminology (HLTH 4753)
Adapted Physical Activity (PHYE 3212)
Health Concepts and First Aid (HLTH 3513)
Fitness Internship (PHYE 4803)

Sports & Recreation Leadership Minor

Required Courses:

Athletic Injuries & Training (HLTH 3653)
Sports Psychology (PHYE 3513)
Leadership in Sports (PHYE 4413)

Select 9 Hours from the Following Courses:

Recreational Leadership (PHYE 2613)
Methods of Team Sports (PHYE 3913)
Individual & Dual Sports (PHYE 3412)
Sports Officiating (PHYE 2233)
Health Concepts and First Aid (HLTH 3513)
Public Relations in Sports (COMM 3743)
Sports Law (PHYE 4313)
Facility and Event Management (PHYE 4223)
Fitness Internship (PHYE 4803)

Secondary Education (Only) Minor

Required Courses:

EDUC 2303 Learner Development
EDUC 3113 Engaging Diverse Learners
EDUC 4833 Managing the Learning Environment
EDUC 4423 Data Driven Instruction
EDSC 3212 Middle School Methods
EDSC 3221 Middle School Practicum
EDSC 3321 High School Methods
EDSC 3312 High School Practicum

Accreditation Review


Date of Review


Elementary Education

March 2020

Spring 2027


Spring 2020

Spring 2022


Spring 2020

Spring 2027

Social Studies

Spring 2020

Spring 2022


Spring 2020

Spring 2027


Spring 2020

Spring 2027

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