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Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124

The Bachelor of Science program in Health and Physical Education Certification track is designed for students who are seeking initial teacher certification in the P-12 teaching field in health and physical education. The program consists of:

  • Coursework in the major field of study
  • Methodology courses addressing academic instruction
  • Core coursework in professional education

Program Format

During the Health and Physical Education degree program, you will have many experiences in public school classrooms prior to the student teaching semester. All field experiences, including student teaching, take place within a 70 mile radius of the Georgia Southern campus. This program is offered on the Statesboro Campus.

Upon meeting the program requirements and physical education college outcomes for the Certification Track, and passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exam in Health and Physical Education, you will qualify for Georgia’s health and physical education teacher induction certification. The program is accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and is recognized through reciprocity in many other states in the U.S. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach in public or private school systems. Other examples of career opportunities available to graduates of this program include camps, churches, recreation, and youth services.

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Admission Information

The Georgia Southern University Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process for undergraduate students. During the admission process, ALL students interested in either the certification or non-certification program must declare the Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track) as their intended major.  When accepted to the university, ALL undergraduate education majors are admitted into the Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies (Non-Certification Track). Admission to the B.S.Ed. Health and Physical Education program will be structured into annual cohorts beginning each fall semester.  For university admission information, please visit the Georgia Southern University Admissions website.

At the completion of all courses, through area F in the program of study, students seeking initial teacher certification would then apply to the Teacher Education Program. (See admission requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program). If accepted into the Teacher Education Program, the student would move into the Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track. Those students who are NOT seeking initial teacher certification, would complete the remainder of the program requirements for the Health & Physical Education B.S.Ed. Professional Studies Non Certification Track program

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) program

Qualified students of the Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. Certification Track program also be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too.

Learn more about accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs.

Undergraduate Advising

All B.S.Ed. Health and Physical Education majors are assigned to a professional advisor in the College of Education (COE) Advisement Center  for program planning and course scheduling.  Undergraduate students are advised each term by appointment and/or walk in hours. Please visit the COE Advisement Center web page for a list of program advisors.

For advisement, change of major or transfer questions, please contact the College of Education Advisement Center directly at 912-478-0698.

Spotlight Story

Tendai Haggins

“After applying for and earning numerous college scholarships, Haggins chose Georgia Southern University to pursue a degree in health and physical education. “I was at home at Georgia Southern”.

Tendai Haggins, “93

Georgia Southern alumnus encourages his students to stay active from home. Read the full spotlight story for the Health and Physical Education B.S.Ed. program.

Professional License/Certification Disclosure

The Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education anticipates that graduates of the BSED Health and Physical Education (P-12) will be eligible to seek professional certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a certified teacher in their respective fields.

The Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education has determined the required classes and educational activities of these academic programs will qualify a graduate of this program to take the GACE exam for teacher certification in Georgia. The department has not determined whether these programs satisfy the requirements of all states and territories for teacher certification in Health and Physical Education.

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Last updated: 10/19/2021