Merged Health and Physical Education Program

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Health Education (6-12) and Physical Education (P-12) Teacher Certification Program

The Health Education (6-12) and Physical Education (P-12) Program is a dual teacher certification program designed to prepare the student to teach Health Education and Physical Education in the school. Satisfactory completion of program requirements leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with eligibility for a Class B Teaching Certificate awarded by the Alabama Department of Education. The program can be completed in 8 semesters and is 122 credit hours.

Why Health and Physical Education at the University of South Alabama

The program prepares teacher candidates to plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical education programs in the elementary (physical education only), middle school, and secondary school setting. Course work and applied field experiences are designed to enable candidates to provide health and physical education in a variety of education settings that include developmentally appropriate information and skills through a variety of teaching strategies.

Program of Study

The program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Candidates refine knowledge and skills in extensive classroom, laboratory, field, and clinical experiences. Throughout the program, students apply and assess pedagogical applications of technology. The program encourages the development of reflective, lifelong learners, and effective practitioners who interpret and apply current research in their teaching. Content area course work includes educational foundations, educational psychology, personal and community health, nutrition and hunger, drug education, human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and basic motor learning.

Who Should Apply

If you have an interest in teaching health and/or physical education, you would enjoy pursuing the Health (6-12) and Physical Education (P-12) Teacher Certification Program.

Health and Physical Education Facilities

The Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Classrooms and Computer Lab are equipped with Smart Board® technology, projectors, and PCs with internet access. Other facilities include a weight-room, two gymnasiums, dance and martial arts studios, and instructional and research laboratories.

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