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  Welcome from the HPER Chair

Welcome to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPER) at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.  The department strives for excellence and committed to your success as you progress through your education. 

There are two different undergraduate programs that the department offers.  First the department offers Physical Education and Health, Teaching Option, instructs individuals for a Teacher’s License for the State of Arkansas for grades Kindergarten to 12th.  It will also include a Coaching Endorsement.  The department also offers a Physical Education and Health, Wellness Option.  This program focuses on Recreation in which individuals could become Personal Trainers, Sports Directors at Recreation Centers, and other fields in the Recreation and Fitness Industry. 

The department has three different minors. There are minors in Recreation (non-teaching) and Wellness (non-teaching).  The department offers Coaching Endorsement to individuals who are earning a Teaching License in another discipline.

There is a Master of Education in Physical Education degree offered with two different options.  The Teaching option works with individuals who want to become teachers or holds a current teacher license.  The Sports Programming, Non-Teaching, option is for individuals who want to pursue a graduate degree in Physical Education. 

Thank you for your view of the website.  If you want to contact any of the HPER Faculty or Staff, please do.  Please use the links under Faculty/Staff.  Click here for an Undergraduate Program Flyers.


Todd W. Garner

Dr. Todd W.Garner, HPER Chair


Office Phone:    (870) 575-8656

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The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is to provide nationally accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department seeks to provide competent, professional personnel at the undergraduate and graduate level for employment as physical educators, health educators, coaches, and recreation providers in public, private, volunteer, governmental agencies, and health care organizations.

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation has energized the program and retooled the courses.  The program has created alliances with American Council on Exercise (ACE), Arkansas Department of Game and Wildlife, Human Kinetic Coach Education Program, and American Red Cross.  The department has also developed relationships with the US Parks System and Arkansas Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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Ms. Anthony instructing Step Aerobics.

The department offers the following degrees:

Bachelor of Science Degree:

Degree Plan Sheet

Health and Physical Education, K-12 Teaching Option with Coaching Endorsement

Health and Physical Education, Wellness Option (non-teaching)

Master of Education Degree:
Health and Physical Education - Teaching

Master of Science Degree:
Health and Physical Education - Sports Programming (non-teaching)


RECREATION MINOR (non-teaching)
WELLNESS MINOR (non-teaching)
Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement (Teaching)

Note: Students enrolled in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Degree program cannot select it as a minor. However, students are not prohibited from taking any of the courses as general electives or from taking courses beyond the 120 hours required in their discipline of choice, if approved by their academic adviser.  

Physical Education and Coaching Endorsement which is associated with individuals who want to have teacher license endorsement in physical education and coaching.

Students must hold a Secondary Certification in Physical Education or hold, or be eligible to hold the standard five-year certificate or meet the coaching certification requirements established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Courses and Book List

Course descriptions for the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department are found at the following link.  The descriptions will explain the course.  
HPER Undergraduate Courses
Graduate Physical Education Courses

You will also find the Book Required List for the courses.


 Text Book Publishers

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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Todd Garner
HPER Chair
Phone: (870) 575-8656 
Mr. Latraia Jones
Phone:  (870) 575-8654 
Ms. Betty Hayes-Anthony
Phone:  (870) 575-8661 
Ms. Kellie Martin
Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (870) 575-8690
 Dr. William Torrence 
Associate Professor
Phone: (870) 575-8697
Dr. Leonard Williams 
Assistant Professor
Phone:  (870) 575-8678
Mr. Mark Cooper
Phone: (870) 575-8671
 Ms. Marikka Bender
Instructor/Pool Coordinator
Phone:  (870) 575-7962
Dr. Felicia Taylor-Waller
Assistant Professor
Phone: (870) 575-8655
Ms. Michelle Corbin
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (870) 575-7836

Ms. Carolyn Nance
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (870) 575-7184
 Mr. Allen Wesley
Pool - Life Guard
Phone:(871) 575-8662

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Title III has assisted in the improvements for the HPER Complex.  During the 2018-2020 years, Title III has improved the Arena and Dance Studio.  In the Arena, the floor was updated, new bleachers, and new video system.  The Dance Studio has new technology of Smart Board and Sound System installed.  These items are used in classes.

Thank you Title III for all of your support.


Dance Studio


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