Undergraduate Physical Education - P-12 Teacher Certification Program

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Physical Education - P-12 Teacher Certification

The Physical Education (P-12) Program is a teacher certification program designed to prepare the student to teach 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 State Department of Education. The program can be completed in 8 semesters and is 120 credit hours.

Why Physical Education at the University of South Alabama

The program prepares teacher candidates to plan, implement, and evaluate physical education programs in the elementary, middle school, and secondary school setting. Course work and applied field experiences are designed to enable candidates to provide 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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 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, drug education, human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, coaching theory, athletic training and motor learning.

Who Should Apply

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

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.

Contact Us

Dr. Shelley Holden
(251) 461-1611

Requirements & Progression

Course of Study

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Alumni Testimonials

Jeffrey Dorsey

Jeffrey Dorsey
“I was undecided about going back to school to pursue my Master’s Degree. However, I received a graduate assistant position in the Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Department and I knew that was a sign that I needed to go ahead and pursue my Masters of Education Degree in Physical Education. The professors at the University of South Alabama work with your schedule and also prepare you for the real world of teaching. I definitely grew as a student and future educator because of the course of study and educational experiences I obtained. I would recommend this program to any physical educator wanting to advance their education”.

Jeffrey Dorsey
Athletic Director
Scarborough Model Middle School
Mobile County Public School System