Physical Education, B.S.P.E.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students who graduate with a B.S.P.E. in Physical Education should be able to …
  2. Understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person.
  3. Understand how individuals learn and develop and can provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  4. Understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning, and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences.
  5. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
  6. Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.
  7. Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards.
  8. Understand and use assessment to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity.
  9. Evaluate the effects of their actions on others (e.g., students, parents/guardians, fellow professionals), and seek opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. Use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.
  11. Foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students’ growth and well being.

Transfer admission into the B.S.P.E.

  1. Students from regionally accredited colleges and universities must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale) to transfer into the B.S.P.E. in Physical Education. Note: To be eligible to take upper level Physical Education coursework and for progression into the Professional Program in Education, students must achieve a minimum 2.75 overall GPA.
  2. A grade of C or better must be earned on all courses listed for admission to the professional program in physical education.
  3. Students may not transfer credit for any course which carries a grade less than C.

Progression Requirements

A student in physical education must earn a C or better in all major course work, including major and minor emphases, education courses, required sciences, analytical reasoning option, and ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

Students may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade in a major course no more than two times. Only if a valid case for taking the course a third time is established will such be allowed. Validity of a case will be determined by departmental review of a formal petition. Completion of remedial course work may be required.

Standards for general eligibility to continue in the University are described in the academic bulletin. The B.S.P.E in  Physical Education has additional standards:

  1. If the semester, yearly, or cumulative grade point average of a student is below 2.75, the student will receive notification in writing from the department of the GPA jeopardy.
  2. If a student has two consecutive semesters of grade point averages below 2.75 and a cumulative grade point average below 2.75, the student will be suspended from academic programs in the Department of Physical Education.
  3. To be reinstated the student must achieve an overall grade point average of 2.75 and have the endorsement of the Department of Physical Education.

Admission to Professional Program

The B.S.P.E is a CAEP-approved teacher certification program that prepares people to teach physical education and coach in public and private schools from grades K to 12. All University teacher education students must apply and be admitted to Professional Program/Internship at mid-point(s) in their programs prior to final internship (i.e. student teaching).

The requirements for acceptance into the professional program for the B.S.P.E. include a minimum 2.75 overall GPA; a passing score on the South Carolina required basic skills assessment; a passing score on the Educational and Economic Development Act (EEDA) assessment; a minimum of 60 credit hours; submission of evidence of training and certification in CPR; and a C or better in EDFI 300EDPY 401PEDU 570ENGL 101, and ENGL 102

Degree Requirements (123 hours)

See College of Education  for certification requirements and other academic opportunities.

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 32-44
2. College Requirements 0
3. Program Requirements 7-10
4. Major Requirements 81

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (32-44 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-7 hours) 

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

The Carolina Core requires either two approved courses in one foreign language or a score of two or higher on the foreign language placement test.

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (7-10 hours)

Supporting Courses (7 hours)

Course Title Credits
SOCY 101Introductory Sociology3
Select one of the following: 14
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 2
Total Credit Hours7

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.


Required if PHYS 101 and PHYS 101L were taken to fulfill CC-SCI requirement.

Minor (0-18 hours) optional

A student may choose to complete a minor consisting of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Electives (0-3 hours)

The number of elective hours required depends upon the number of hours used to fulfill other degree requirements.  Minimum degree requirements must equal 123 hours.

4. Major Requirements (81 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

Major Courses (33 hours)

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements for Physical Education
Select one of the following:3
Personal and Community Health
Health Promotion in a Changing Society
Physical Activity and Health
PEDU 190Introduction to the Description and Analysis of Human Movement2
PEDU 232Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education3
PEDU 275Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy3
PEDU 420Motor Learning in Physical Education3
PEDU 510Teaching Health Related Physical Fitness3
PEDU 520Observational Analysis of Sports Techniques and Tactics3
PEDU 650Theoretical Foundations of Athletic and Mental Performance Coaching3
Psychomotor Skills Courses
PEDU 105Weight Training1
PEDU 126Badminton/Golf1
PEDU 131Basketball/Soccer1
PEDU 138Softball/Volleyball1
PEDU 139Tennis/Track1
PEDU 173Folk and Square Dance1
PEDU 194Educational Gymnastics1
PEDU 195Educational Games1
PEDU 196Educational Dance1
Elective as approved by advisor1
Total Credit Hours33

Teacher Certification Concentration (48 hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 500Content Area Literacy PK-123
EDPY 401Learners and the Diversity of Learning3
EXSC 303Perceptual-Motor Development3
or PEDU 570 Human Child/Adolescent Growth
PEDU 226Physical Education for Primary Grades3
PEDU 340Practicum in the Instructional Aspects of Physical Education1
PEDU 341Practicum in Instruction of Young Learners in Movement Settings1
PEDU 360Instructional Aspects of Physical Education3
PEDU 361Instruction of Young Learners in Movement Settings3
PEDU 440Practicum in Secondary School Physical Education1
PEDU 445Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Education3
PEDU 446Physical Education Curriculum3
PEDU 451Teaching Physical Education3
PEDU 462Instruction in Secondary School Physical Education3
PEDU 479Directed Teaching in Physical Education12
PEDU 515Physical Education for Inclusion3
Total Credit Hours48

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Physical Education, B.S.P.E. Teacher Certification Concentration