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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Science in Education
Health and Physical Education

College of Education and Health Professions

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science

Program Description

The B.S. Ed. Degree in Health and Physical Education prepares students to teach at all grade levels preschool through high school. This contemporary program is designed to meet all requirements of both the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and is fully accredited. The program of study is guided in part by the principles of the Interstate New Teacher and Support Consortium and the National Standards for Beginning Physical Education Teachers. Students are actively engaged in a variety of learning experiences in classrooms, labs, and public schools and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of physical activities while learning to teach others. The curriculum includes a general education core of 60 hours, required for all fields of study, and an additional 63 hours of professional studies.

Preparation to teach Health and Physical Education in the schools is dynamic. Students are enrolled in classes designed to develop sport skills and knowledge in a variety of physical activities. Extensive laboratory experiences include observations and teaching at all grade levels...preschool, elementary, middle level, and high school...a feature that sets the program apart from many others in the nation. Students are guided in the process of teacher development by a team consisting of local P-12 physical educators and university faculty. Post Baccalaureate and add-on certification options are available.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have found great success in obtaining teaching positions in health and physical education in area schools. Columbus State University graduates are employed as elementary, middle level, and high school physical education teachers and coaches, often with responsibilities for health instruction and the teaching of children with special needs. Graduates of the program are recognized as effective teachers who are committed to the teaching profession. They are also prepared to continue their professional growth through graduate study.

Admission Requirements

During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Application is made to the COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences. For additional information, go to

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Possess a strong knowledge base in the disciplines of health and physical education
  • Demonstrate competence in a variety of physical skills
  • Achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness
  • Apply and reflect on effective teaching behaviors to create positive learning environments in order to plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences and sound progression in P-12 settings and use technology when appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of students of varying ability levels, genders, and racial and cultural backgrounds

Additional Program Requirements

Following admission to the teacher education program, a review is conducted each semester to determine retention in the teacher education program.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
Must make a "C" or better in each course:
PHED 1205
PEDS 2379 Skills/Concepts of Gymnastics

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
Must make a "C" or better in each course:

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 62
Must make a "C" or better in each course:
Education Requirements, 17 Hrs
EDUF 4205 Integrating Technology
PHED 4000 Fitness Testing for Majors
PHED 4335 Assessment in Physical Education
PHED 5485 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education
SPED 2256 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education

Health Area, 12 Hrs

HESC 2105 Personal Health
HESC 4107 Fund of School Health
HESC 5795 Habit-Forming Substances
PHED 2345 Emergency Care and First Aid
PHED 4317 Health Related Fitness Education

Physical Educ Foundations, 12 Hrs
EXSC 4131 Basic Exercise Physiology
PEDS 2271 Skills/Concepts Phys Activ 1
PEDS 2272 Skills/Concepts Phys Activ 2
PHED 5215 Development of Motor Skills

Teaching Core, 21 Hrs

Total Hours Required: 125

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule