Health and Physical Education

About Health and Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education offers programs that lead to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (B.S.Ed.) with a major in health and physical education.

Degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education prepare students for professional careers in health and physical education (teacher education). The degree programs are designed to build concepts and skills appropriate for specific careers through a series of sequenced courses, field experiences, and internships. These concepts and skills include program planning, computer and other technology applications, social diversity and cultural pluralism, appreciation for individual differences, assessment, and professional ethics.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree (B.S.Ed.) with a major in health and physical education prepares students to teach health and physical education from prekindergarten through 12th grade (P-12). Upon successful completion of the degree program and posting a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area of health and physical education, students are eligible for the T-4 (clear renewable) teaching certificate from the State of Georgia. Both the undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

 

Health and Physical Education at Valdosta State University

The health and physical education program at Valdosta State gives students a solid foundation in health and physical education both in and out of the classroom. Students engage in invaluable fieldwork, interacting with public school children in a variety of grades and settings. Students have access to a number of technologies, including heart rate monitors, pedometers, LiveText, and various forms of software applicable to public school health and physical education instruction. Students are encouraged to join the Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club, an organization in which members motivate each other, share new and innovative teaching strategies, and work together to positively impact the community by promoting healthy living and physical activity.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education (B.S.Ed.)
  • Certification Only Option in Health and Physical Education
  • Master of Education in Health and Physical Education (M.Ed.)
  • Education Specialist in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education (Ed.S)

 

About the Health and Physical Education Curriculum

B.S.Ed.

Students in the baccalaureate program in health and physical education become experts on physical education, student development, fitness, individual and team activities, discipline-related technologies, safety and other areas that are crucial for physical education teachers. There is a strong emphasis on physical activity, motivation and fitness participation for children and youth. Upon successful completion of the degree program and a passing score on the teacher certification exam in the area of health and physical education, students are eligible for the T-4 (professional) teaching certificate from the State of Georgia.

 

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Certification Only Option in Health and Physical Education

Students who hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution and want to become certified to teach health and physical education in the state of Georgia may choose the certification only option in health and physical education.

Careers*

  • Certified Physical Education Teacher
  • Certified Health Educator
  • Wellness instructor
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Nutrition Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Community center athletic director
  • Community recreation director
  • Corporate trainer
  • Dance instructor
  • Athletic director
  • Coach
  • Sports camp director
  • Sports camp instructor
  • Sports fitness instructor

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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