• Home
  • Programs
  • Health and Physical Education - Certification Only

Health and Physical Education - Certification Only

  • Total Credit Hours: 60
  • Degree Format: Traditional

About this field

If you wish to become a health and physical education teacher and have a positive impact on our youth’s health and fitness, you have found the right major. Here, we understand the importance of fitness participation at a young age, and we want to prepare you to not only teach, but encourage young students to stay active. Our Health and Physical Education Certificate program incorporates hands-on learning and diverse field experiences in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings to develop your skills and build a strong pedagogical foundation. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, you’ll also gain knowledge of technologies such as heart rate monitors, pedometers, fitness trackers, and various forms of software applicable to public school health and physical education instruction. Upon graduation, you will have a sound basis of theory, field experience, and be prepared to guide students toward a life full of health and well-being.

The certification only option in health and physical education is designed for those individuals who currently hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution and are seeking to become certified to teach health and physical education in the state of Georgia. Individuals considering this option must meet all the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program in the College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University. If the student qualifies for admission Valdosta State University, he/she should complete a "Certification Evaluation" request, which may be accessed by the link located in the Program Resources section of this page. The completed form and student transcripts will be evaluated by the certification specialist in the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education. A fee of $35 (payable in the Field Placement Office) is charged for the evaluation and development of individualized plan.

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 physical education teachers. There is a strong emphasis on physical activity, motivation and fitness participation for children and youth. Upon successful completion of the degree program, a passing score on the teacher certification exam in the area of health and physical education, and receiving a passing score on edTPA, students are eligible for the T-4 (induction) teaching certificate from the State of Georgia.

Admissions Requirements

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

  1. Declare the major for Health and Physical Education.
  2. Register and complete all requirements in EDUC 2999
  3. Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Have completed the GaPSC Educator Ethics Assessment 
  5. 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)

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
  • A minimum GRE composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative for tests before August 1, 2011
  • A minimum GRE composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative for tests on or after August 1, 2011
  • You hold a current or expired Georgia Clear Renewable (professional) certification
  • You hold a current or expired professional certificate from another state or are being recommended for certification from a preparation program approved in another state

Note: You must earn a satisfactory grade ('S') in the admission to Teacher Education course (KSPE 2999) in order to begin taking major courses. Be sure to register for this course once you are admitted into Valdosta State University. 

Selected Outcome Assessments

Students recommended for certification are required to:

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge through passing the state-required content assessment.
  2. Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and knowledge of evidence-based strategies through development of lesson plans identifying use of research-validated procedures and effective content pedagogy.
  3. Demonstrate skills in assessment, instructional strategies, use of technology, and monitoring or modifying instruction during observed teaching episodes evaluated by a university supervisor and P-12 mentor teacher.
  4. Demonstrate their ability to positively impact P-12 learning through the development of an adapted case study.


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 HPE Program of Study. 
  • Failure to enroll in classes in the proper block or not taking a required class can delay graduation one academic year.

Program Resources

Professional Sites


  • Athletic Director
  • Certified Health Educator
  • Certified Physical Education Teacher
  • Coach
  • Community Center Athletic Director
  • Community Recreation Director
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Dance Instructor
  • Nutrition Instructor
  • Sports Camp Director
  • Sports Camp Instructor
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Wellness Instructor
  • 229.333.5611
  • 229.219.1225
  • Education Center
    301 Baytree Road
    Room 1160
    Valdosta, GA 31698