Mar 02, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Physical Education Teaching (BS)

Physical Education Major

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation offers an undergraduate degree in Physical Education. The Physical Education Non-teaching Track is designed to prepare students to work in a physical activity venue. The Physical Education Teaching Track is designed to prepare students to teach physical education in a K-12 school system. A teaching minor is to be selected in addition to the teaching major to prepare students to enter the Teacher Education program and to become licensed to teach in a K-12 school system.

Physical Education Teaching Track students must meet all requirements for the Physical Education Teaching Track and those requirements needed for Teacher Licensure (27).

Physical Education Non-teaching Track students must meet all requirements for the Physical Education Teaching Track except those needed for Teacher Licensure and an additional 12 credits listed below.

  • Program Prerequisite: Students selecting the Physical Education Teaching Track, must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department  in this catalog).
  • Minor: Physical Education Teaching Track requires a teaching minor.
  • Grade Requirements: A combined GPA of 3.0 is required for all courses used toward the major.  No grade lower than a “C” is acceptable.
  • Credit Hour Requirements: Physical Education Non-teaching Track-Total minimum credit hours required in the Major (48).  Physical Education Teaching Track-Total minimum credit hours required in the Major (36). Any Physical Education Professional course older than 8 years will not be accepted toward degree requirements.
  • Program Code: Physical Education Non-Teaching (5017BS), Physical Education Teaching (5012BS)
  • CIPC: Physical Education Non-Teaching (310599), Physical Education Teaching (131314)


All Physical Education students are encouraged to meet with a faculty mentor or the department academic advisor each semester for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-7425 or send a message to for more information or to schedule an appointment. Teaching majors are encouraged to also consult with advisors in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education (call 801-626-6269).  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

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Admission Requirements

Students must meet with Academic Advisor to declare PEP Major. In addition, students applying for the Teaching Track must also meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department  in this catalog). Students will not be allowed to register for PEP 3520 , PEP 3520L , PEP 3630 , PEP 3660 , PEP 4700 , PEP 4710 , PEP 4860C , PEP 4830 , or PEP 4990  until admission requirements have been met.

Admission requirements include:

  1. Declared major or minor or BIS in a Physical Education or Coaching Education program.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 physical education professional course credits from another institution per the Physical Education Program Director approval.
  4. Fingerprinting/background check must be cleared prior to admission to the program.  Provisional admission is granted for one semester only until the check is completed.

Program Retention Requirements

After admission into the Physical Education major/minor programs, students will be retained based on the following:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Earned grade of “C” or above for each required course.
  3. Clear fingerprinting/background check.
  4. Retention/improvement of sport specific and fitness skills.
  5. Student Disposition score above 20 in each course.

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements.

General Education courses required for the Physical Education major are:

NUTR LS SUS 1020  Science and Application of Human Nutrition (3)

HTHS LS 1110  BioMed Core

See major and minor course prerequisites for additional General Education recommendation/requirements.  Also see Teacher Education Requirements for recommended and required General Education courses for Physical Education Teaching Track Majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
  • Are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fitness as delineated in the SHAPE K - 12 Standards.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
  • Use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.
  • Practice dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Major Course Requirements for BS Degree

Field Experience (3 credit hours)