The Health and Physical Education, K-12 (BS) degree at Appalachian State University prepares students for teaching careers in physical education and/or health education. The program promotes the development of highly qualified professionals who will advance the fitness, psychomotor, cognitive and affective learning of school-aged children.
In this program, you’ll be taught by faculty in the renowned Reich College of Education and the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education so you learn from experts in both aspects of the curriculum. Students completing the program graduate with a K-12 Health and Physical Education professional educator’s license.
Appalachian has a longstanding tradition in teacher preparation, offering many opportunities to engage in progressively complex authentic teaching opportunities before you graduate. You’ll also participate in service-learning, which expands your education while benefiting the local community.
Employment: Graduates are employed as elementary, middle and high school physical education specialists, health educators, coaches, athletic directors and other positions.
Graduate School: Many students choose to pursue graduate degrees in higher education, administration or public health.
This is a program that leads to licensure or certification. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.
Core courses include:
- Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Coaching
- Motor Behavior
- Community and School Health
- Instructional Systems
- Assessment in Health and Physical Education
- Behavioral Health Education
- Elementary Physical Education (WID) (ACT Service-Learning)
- Nutrition and Health-Related Fitness (GE Wellness Literacy)
- Sports and Activities I
- Sports and Activities II
- Sexuality and Sexual Health Education
- Adapted Physical Education
- Physical Education Practicum
- Physical Education Methods
- Health Education Methods
HPE majors select an 18-semester hour Second Academic Concentration in either Sport Science and Coaching or Public Health and complete 24 semester hours of Professional Education coursework, which includes a 12-semester student teaching internship as part of the degree requirements.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Students have opportunities to join numerous professional organizations providing resources, services and support for future teachers and educators. See a list >>
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- HPE majors are given a variety of early, frequent and progressively complex authentic teaching opportunities to develop the skills needed for success in teaching and coaching.
- The program provides a comprehensive, innovative educational experience that is grounded in the synergy of teaching, scholarship and service.
- Appalachian has been training quality educators for more than 100 years and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Method of Delivery
On campus only
- School physical education specialist
- Health educator
- Athletic director
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