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.


Admission to the Professional Program

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). Requirements for admission vary by program, but for undergraduate students include 60 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, successful completion of a state-approved basic skills examination, and courses as specified by program area.

Students should contact their program area or the College of Education Office of Student Affairs for specific requirements and application deadlines.

Degree Requirements (124 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 11
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 (11 hours)

Supporting Courses (11 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
Select one of the following: 14
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Total Credit Hours11

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.

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 300First Aid and CPR3
PEDU 420Motor Learning in Physical Education3
PEDU 510Teaching Health Related Physical Fitness3
PEDU 520Observational Analysis of Sports Techniques and Tactics3
PEDU 650The Art and Science of 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