BS Health and Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education degree program is a collaborative initiative from the Department of Education and the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies. This Health & Physical Education degree attracts teacher candidates who possess an enduring love of sports, physical fitness, and wellness. Physical education teachers can serve as powerful role models and motivators for the next generation as they strive to make healthy choices and reach their full potential.

Key Program Features

Engage in foundational and application-based learning materials

Participate in field experiences under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed experienced teacher

Gain expertise related to exercise, health, science, and nutrition

Program Details

UMO offers a modern curriculum that is fully aligned with the North Carolina Professional Educators Licensure requirements. All coursework adheres to the national standards for Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) as established by SHAPE America, which is the national organization for physical educators.

This BS in Health & Physical Education enables teacher candidates to develop these core competencies:

  • Create a safe, positive learning environment
  • Meet the diverse needs of students with varying abilities
  • Empower students to thrive physically, and stay active in and out of school

Graduates gain both the theoretical knowledge of health sciences and teaching, as well as the practical skills necessary to become a gym teacher in an elementary, middle or secondary school.

All teacher candidates are required to complete a student teaching internship, under the supervision of a certified, experienced physical education teacher. In this experience, teacher-candidates will apply their content and pedagogical knowledge in the professional field.

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree program at UMO leads to initial teacher licensure. Teacher candidates are responsible for obtaining all necessary certifications required by the state in which they wish to teach.

UMO Recreation and Leisure Studies students have the possibility to earn two separate scholarships during their tenure with the University. The RLS department recognizes annually, The Most Outstanding Senior, and The Most Promising Underclassman. These students are awarded a $500 scholarship to be used towards tuition expenses.

The Braswell Teaching Scholarship, funded by Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Scholarship Endowment, provides a scholarship renewable annually up to three years. Scholarship amounts vary.

  • Coaching
  • Sport Psychology

More Information

Professional Studies (31SH):

  • EDU 101, 102, 201, 202 Professional Study for Teacher Ed.
  • EDU 303, 304 Junior Practicum
  • EDU 480 Classroom Management & Organization
  • EDU 485 Facilitation of Learning
  • EDU 486 Leadership Development
  • EDU 487 Societal Context of Schooling
  • EDU 493 Senior Practicum
  • EDU 499 Seminar/Internship – Student Teaching

RLS/HLH/PED Emphasis (37SH):

  • HLH 310 Nutrition
  • HLH 410 Methods of Teaching
  • PED 225 Programming Sports
  • PED 310 Motor Development
  • PED 341 Methods of Teaching PE Pre-6th
  • PED 351 Methods of Teaching PE 6-12
  • PED 374 Physiology of Exercise
  • PED 400 Test & Measure of Exercise
  • PED 402 Adapted Physical Education
  • PED/HLH 430 Health & PE Capstone
  • RLS 320 Program Planning
  • RLS 400 Research Methods

Related Studies (7SH):

  • BIO 120 Principles of Biology
  • EDU 100 Introduction to American Education
  • EDU 250 Educational Technology

A BS in Health & Physical Education allows you to turn your passion for fitness and sports into a rewarding career inspiring students. Graduates may pursue job opportunities as instructors in elementary, middle or high school physical education programs. Other career possibilities that may be related to this degree include:

  • Physical activity coordinator
  • Athletic team coach
  • Fitness trainer
  • Athletic director
  • Community recreation director
  • Strength and conditioning coach