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B.S.Ed. Degree with a Major in Health and Physical Education

  • Total Credit Hours: 126
  • Degree Format: Traditional

About this field

The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education offers programs that lead to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (B.S.Ed.) with a major in health and physical education.

Degree programs in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education prepare students for professional careers in health and physical education (teacher education). The degree programs are designed to teach concepts and skills appropriate for specific careers through a series of sequenced courses and field experiences. These concepts and skills include program planning, technology applications, social and cultural diversity, appreciation for individual differences, assessment, and professional ethics.

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree (B.S.Ed.) with a major in health and physical education prepares students to teach health and physical education from prekindergarten through 12th grade (P-12). Upon successful completion of the degree program and posting a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area of health and physical education, and passing edTPA, students are eligible for the T-4 (induction) certificate from the State of Georgia. Both the health and physical education undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

The Valdosta State Difference

This program gives students a solid foundation in health and physical education both in and out of the classroom. Students engage in invaluable fieldwork, interacting with public school children in a variety of grades and settings. Students have access to a number of technologies, including heart rate monitors, pedometers, fitness trackers, and various forms of software applicable to public school health and physical education instruction. Students are encouraged to join the Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club, an organization in which members motivate each other, share new and innovative teaching strategies, and work together to positively impact the community by promoting healthy living and physical activity.

What You'll Learn

Students in the baccalaureate program in health and physical education become experts on health and physical education, student development, fitness, individual and team activities, discipline-related technologies, safety, and other areas that are crucial for health and physical education teachers. There is a strong emphasis on health, physical activity, motivation, and fitness participation for children and youth.

Admissions Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for admission into the Health and Physical Education teacher education program:

  1. Declare Health and Physical Education as a major.
  2. After earning at least 30 hours enroll in KSPE 2999.

The REQUIREMENTS for EDUC 2999 are as follows:

  1. Have achieved the overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  2. Have completed the GaPSC Educator Ethics Assessment – Program Entry.
  3. Have either exempted or earned passing scores for all components of the GACE Program Admission Assessment (test numbers 200, 201, 202, or Combined Tests 700) OR GACE Basic Skills Assessment. GACE Website

Methods of exemption for the GACE Program Admission Assessment are as follows:

  • A minimum SAT score of 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math
  • A minimum ACT score of 43 on Math and English
  1. Once you have met all of the requirements above, you will submit an Application for Admission into Teacher Education
  2. Meet the COEHS Regents’ Test Requirement by earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  3. Provide evidence of current professional liability insurance. PAGE Website
  4. Purchase LiveText by Watermark field experience edition, activate your account and complete a writing sample and disposition forms. LiveText Website
  5. Have a working knowledge of the HPE Program of Study information


Advising Information

  • At approximately the 6th week of each semester, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Course substitutions or independent study courses will not be accepted in most transfer instances when applied to the upper division classes. (Please discuss this with your advisor for specifics.)
  • Each student is responsible for keeping track of his/her academic progress, including knowing what courses you need to take and when, as well as completing program requirements as outlined in the Program of Study.
  • Failure to enroll in classes in the proper block (junior/senior) or not taking a required class can delay graduation one academic year.

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    Valdosta, GA 31698