Your major in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure at GWU will focus on physical fitness and sports skills as well as teacher education in keeping with North Carolina K-12 standards.

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The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with preparation for K-12 teacher licensure will give you the training and field experience to effectively educate students in physical education.

Undergraduate Admissions

Your major in Physical Education/Health Education includes education and training in accordance with North Carolina DPI standards. The program is NCATE accredited, and will result in dual licensure, qualifying you for employment in the public schools at any grade level.

As a teacher-in-training, you’ll have opportunities for field experiences in public schools and to participate in organizing community programs such as the North Carolina Senior Games and Special Olympics. Through the training opportunities available, you’ll develop and practice professional skills to help meet each one of your student’s needs for health, fitness, and physical skills.

The program concludes with a professional semester, during which you will put coursework into practice as a full-time student teacher in one of the area schools.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to begin a professional career in the schools or to pursue graduate studies within the field. This program of study can also prepare you for entry into other related careers such as coaching, recreation, and sports/fitness instruction.

Our graduates are in-demand, and most have been employed immediately upon graduation within the public schools. Our graduates also remain in touch with our department after they leave us, partly through the means of our regularly published newsletter.

Possible career opportunities:

  1. Preschool
  2. Elementary Schools
  3. Junior High / Middle School
  4. High School
  5. Special Physical Education
  6. Junior / Community Colleges
  7. College and University
  8. Foreign / Military / Church Schools
  9. Education / Athletics Administration

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education program requirements, an additional 42 hours of credit is required for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure degree. The major also requires the completion of a quality research project to demonstrate their depth of content knowledge and their acquisition of analytical, research and communications skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure requires a minor in Professional Education. The minor includes 22 credit hours. Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50 percent of the minor until formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.

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