Physical Education Bachelor's Degree
The teacher certification concentration prepares students for careers as licensed physical education teachers for children and youth (kindergarten through grade 12). This professional program requires a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Teacher candidates learn to teach within a series of in-depth field experiences. The teacher education curriculum is accredited by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Students can pursue multi-age licensure to teach both Health and Physical Education (HPE). These students must maintain a major and cumulative GPA of 2.75. This is a five-year undergraduate program requiring completion of 157 credit hours. The HPE program is becoming our most popular curricular option.
This concentration affords students the opportunity to individualize an area of study through a liberal approach to education. A minor is required (e.g., athletic coaching, biology, psychology, sports management, sports medicine, or others.) Students follow a required program, but then select a minor and elective courses related to physical activity and/or sport performance to support their areas of interest or in preparation for a related profession such as athletic coaching, or leading physical activity in non-school programs. The Physical Activity and Sport Performance (PASP) concentration is anchored by the notion that physical activity is critical for human well-being and that sport performance is multi-faceted encompassing physiological, psychological and sociological dimensions. Students interested in PASP should see an advisor early in their program to determine an individualized program of study to align with their career goals.