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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Physical Education/Health Education with Teacher Licensure

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. The curriculum includes the following components:


(1) Physical education (content and teaching methodology)

(2) Health education (content and teaching methodology)

(3) Teacher education (professional skills and dispositions)


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 fulltime student teacher in one of the area schools.


When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to begin a professional career in the schools; or, as some recent graduates have chosen, you may decide 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.


Physical and Health Education Majors Association (PHEMA)

PHEMA is the student organization that provides opportunities for PHED majors to develop professional attributes that will assist them as they prepare for careers in Physical/Health Education. Providing service to others while and developing relationships with faculty and peers is only part of PHEMA’s purpose. Activities extend off campus, and include trips to professional meetings, as well as excursions that have included horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and hiking in the mountains of North Carolina.



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.


MAJOR:         42 Hours

PHED 211Intro to Physical/Health Education, Wellness and Sport Studies
PHED 235Motor Learning
PHED 301Elementary School Physical Education
PHED 331Creative Movement (K-12)
PHED 341Theory and Techniques of Team Sports
PHED 342Theory and Techniques of Individual and Dual Sports
PHED 402Physical Education for Diverse Populations
PHED 407Scientific Principles for Physical Ed. and Sport Pedagogy
PHED 408Organization and Administration of Physical Ed. and Athletics
PHED 409Tests and Measurements

EXSI 335Kinesiology

HLED 226Health Education for the School Health Educator
HLED 320Comprehensive Health Education
HLED 321Teaching Methods for Health Education


Professional Education MINOR: 22 Hours

EDUC 250Teaching in 21st Century School
EDUC 450Student Teaching
PSYC 303Educational Psychology
PHED 432Seminar for Physical Educators and Health Educators


Additional Requirements: 6 hours

BIOL 203Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 204Human Anatomy and Physiology II


Possible Career Opportunities

PreschoolJunior / Community Colleges
Elementary SchoolsCollege and University
Junior High / Middle SchoolForeign / Military / Church Schools
High SchoolEducation / Athletics Administration
Special Physical Education


Dr. Ken Baker

Phone: (704) 406-4481