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Health and Physical Education, B.S.Ed

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Health and Physical Education Program is the perfect fit for students who want to teach these disciplines in elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Known for its outstanding professional preparation of North Carolina’s physical educators.
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Key facts:

  • The Health and Physical Education program is taught by highly qualified faculty with years of public school teaching and higher education experience. Under their invaluable mentorship, students receive the personal attention they need at every step of their professional development. Graduates go on to teach and administer health and physical education programs in schools and colleges and in community, corporate and private settings.
  • The program prepares students for teaching careers in health and physical education. Successful completion of the program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education and an initial North Carolina K-12 teaching license. The curriculum combines the university’s liberal studies requirement with the major requirements and a professional education sequence. Major courses include Foundations of Health and Physical Education, Fitness Concepts, and Healthy Living Concepts. The professional education sequence includes special education, psychology, and curriculum and instruction courses, and an internship experience. Among Western Carolina University’s most engaged and enthusiastic community members, health and physical education students regularly enhance their educational experience by participating in clubs and activities, attending conferences, and volunteering.
  • WCU’s rate of teacher placement is one of the best in North Carolina. With their degree and initial teaching license in hand, health and physical education graduates pursue careers as K-12 physical education teachers, intramural program directors, varsity sports and athletics coaches, and athletics program administrators. Places of employment can include public and private schools, colleges and universities, community recreation programs, adult education programs, fitness clubs, and professional and semi-professional sports associations. Many graduates choose to further their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program such as the Master of Arts in Comprehensive Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Health and Physical Education curriculum include:

  • Foundations of Health and Physical Education
  • Applied Kinesiology I - Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics
  • Motor Behavior
  • Sport Education
  • Mental and Emotional Health for Teachers and Their Students 
  • Physical Education Pedagogy 
  • Adventure-Based Learning
  • Evaluation & Assessment in Health & Physical Education
  • Health Education Pedagogy
  • Pedagogy & Prevention of Risky Behaviors K-12
  • Classroom Management for Health & Physical Education
  • Children's Movement
  • Educational Dance and Gymnastics
  • Lifetime Sport & Physical Activity I

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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