Division of Professional Education

Mission Statement

To prepare highly qualified individuals, particularly from under-represented ethnic groups and especially from American Indian tribes, for professional careers through Christian principles, academic scholarship, community involvement, appreciation of diversity, and professionalism.
The School of Education, under the Division of Professional Education, offers the following degree programs leading to a Bachelors of Science degree: 

Early Childhood Development and Education

The Bacone College Early Childhood Development and Education degree program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and families within the context of home, school and community. Course work and practical experiences help students interpret and integrate the ever-growing body of knowledge about children and their environments. Special attention is given to examining the implications of theories, research, and policies. After completing the core classes, students work with their advisors to create individualized programs that support their interests and professional development surrounding children birth through five-years of age. 

The Early Childhood Development and Education degree will prepare you to provide education and service to children and families through different community agencies and organizations, including teaching in or administrating preschool programs, organizations including family life education programs, cooperative extension service, parent education programs, resource and referral, child welfare and advocacy agencies, mental health centers, mediation programs, recreation programs for children, and human service agencies.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science program is committed to serving all qualified students in a culturally diverse community by giving them the academic basis and awareness for pursuing career opportunities in areas requiring a foundation of human science.

With the expansion of professions in sports, fitness and activity related health care, Exercise Science is now being widely recognized as a degree program that can be used as a foundational bachelor's degree for acquiring health profession certifications and degrees. Someone graduating with a degree in Exercise Science, and possibly pursuing other post-graduate certification, would have a broad range of career choices including but not limited to: fitness / strength training, athletic training, physical therapy, medicine and other healthcare-related field vocations.

Recreation Management

Graduates with a major in Recreation Management may desire to work in professional settings such as church recreation, therapeutic recreation, directors of city recreation departments and private health clubs, ski instructors, aquatic supervisors, guides for wilderness trips, intramural sports directors, correctional recreation, adventure sport recreation, personal trainers, and corporate fitness directors. Graduates may also desire to pursue graduate degrees that may prepare them for highly specialized jobs in recreation or recreation management.

Sports Management

Graduates with a major in Sports Management could pursue jobs as athletic directors, coaches on any academic level, sports team managers, armed forces sports coaches, sports administrators in private or semiprivate enterprises, municipal sports directors, front-office personnel and administrators with professional sports organizations, public colleges, and universities (facilities, marketing, and sports information), and in businesses that have a strong sports emphasis. In addition, graduates could go on to pursue graduate degrees that may prepare them for highly specialized jobs in sports.