Health & Physical Education K-12, B.S.

Health and Physical Education (K-12) students are prepared to be facilitators and change agents for promoting better health through skills-based health and physical education.

Why Choose Health and Physical Education?

Becoming a physical education teacher is for dedicated individuals who love kids, sports and physical fitness.

Today more than ever good health, nutrition and exercise are important for our nation's children, and PE teachers play an important role in their students' overall development. If you love sports, are passionate about health and fitness, and want to work with kids, becoming a K-12 physical education teacher could be a great career choice for you.

It was at FSU where I met lifelong friends, and mentors. My Journey at FSU was great.
Ericka Ashley
Health and Physical Education, 2014
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What Will You Learn?

Health and Physical Education (K-12) students are prepared to be facilitators and change agents for promoting better health through skill-based health and physical education in alignment with SHAPE America's National standards the Health and Physical Education curriculum assist students in the development of cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning patterns as requisite tools for effective teaching in K-12.  To facilitate and enhance high levels of wellness the health and physical educator must be able to:

  • Assess determinants of health
  • Recognize the value of  physical activity and other personal behavior on wellness  
  • Demonstrate compentency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns 
  • Use 21st-century knowledge and skills to teach health and physical education to a diverse group of K-12 students. 

Professional Courses

  • EDUC 210 Technology Applications for Teachers 
  • EDUC 310 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 330 Educational Psychology and Human Development
  • EDUC 331 Instructional Design and Assessment of Learning 
  • EDUC 455 Classroom Management and Principles of Secondary Teaching
  • EDUC 464 Methods and Materials in Health & Physical Education
  • READ 320 Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools
  • EDUC 470/480 Clinical Experience in the Secondary School 
  • EDUC 490 Professional Education Seminar

Clinical Experience

In the clinical experience, candidates are paired with educators in the classroom to the further develop content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and integration of technology in all areas to produce a positive impact on student learning. The goal of the clinical experience is to link theory and practice within the clinical setting to contextualize and cultivate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions. Admission to teacher education or permission of instructor is a prerequisite. Clinical Experience is only offered in the spring semester. 

What Will You Do?

  • Elementary, middle school or high school P.E. teacher 
  • Elementary, middle school or high school health education teacher 
  • Certified personal trainer 
  • Physical activity specialist 
  • Athletic Director 
  • Athletic Coach
  • Wellness Coach
Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Exit Requirements

To graduate with a B.S. in the HPE, students must, successfully complete the university college core and: 

  1. Have accumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher with a grade of C or better in each professional, major core, and concentration courses.
  2. Pass Praxis II (5857). Students are resposible for cost. 
  3. Successfully complete Clinical Experience (Student Teaching).
  4. Earn a satisfactory rating on the Clinical Experience (Student Teaching), Exit Criteria, or LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity.
  5. Formally submit an edTPA portfolio to Pearson for teaching licensure in North Carolina (Students are responsible for cost).
  6. Submit graduation application and fees.
  7. Complete College of Education exit survey.