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Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration

(125–128 semester hours)

The Physical Education Teacher Education concentration leads to licensure for teaching in North Carolina and most other states. The licensure program prepares a student to teach grades K–12. Throughout the program there are opportunities for observation, participation, assisting and “mini-teaching”, and coaching experiences with public school students, including those with special needs.

A second academic concentration is required for completion of this concentration. Depending on the concentration selected, additional hours may be required for completion of the degree. See “Related Area Requirements” for approved programs See also Teacher Education Programs.

Student Learning Goals

Students completing this program will understand physical education content, disciplinary concepts, and tools of inquiry related to how individuals learn and develop movement skills, and they will demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques. They will be able to plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, and use both formal and informal assessment strategies. A focus will be on becoming a reflective practitioner who collaborates with others and seeks opportunities to grow professionally.

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category


Students may select courses for:


Literature (GLT)


Fine Arts (GFA)


Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)


One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)




Department specifies courses for:


Mathematics (GMT)
required: STA 108


Natural Sciences (GNS)
required: BIO 111 and one additional GNS course with a different departmental prefix (depending on which second academic concentration is followed)


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
required: ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one other GRD course


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
ESS 330 and PSY 121



II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.


III Major Requirements

ESS 250, 330*, 351, 375, 376, 386, 388 and 6 activity courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

The six activity courses must include: ESS 207, 208, 213, 214, 315, 316.

NOTE: No required ESS course may be taken more than twice. Students who receive a grade below C twice in the same required ESS course will be dropped from their concentration. Students who receive a grade below C twice in the same ESS Theory Core course will be dropped from the major.

*ESS 330 satisfies 3 s.h. of GSB.

IV Second Academic Concentration Requirements

In addition to the related area requirements listed below, students in this concentration must complete a second academic concentration consisting of 18 semester hours of course work in a basic academic discipline selected from the following approved programs: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, English, Geography, German, History, Human Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology. The following 18-hour interdisciplinary academic concentrations have been approved for Physical Education Teacher Education: Diversity Studies and Global Studies. Second academic concentrations in Spanish and French require 24 semester hours of course work to complete. See advisor for specific course requirements and details.

V Related Area and Teacher Licensure Requirements

Related Area Requirements for all Physical Education Teacher Education students: BIO 111*, 271, 277; ELC 381; HEA 201; PSY 121*; STA 108*; TED 450, 470

Teacher Licensure requirements included in these related area requirements are: ELC 381; HEA 201; PSY 121; TED 450, 470. Satisfactory teaching and technology portfolios are also required.

*BIO 111 satisfies 4 s.h. of GNS; PSY 121 satisfies 3 s.h. of GSB; STA 108 satisfies GMT.

VI Additional Concentration Requirements

ESS 217, 355, 455, 456, 457, 461462, 464; RPM 314

VII Additional Requirements

Additional information may be found in the ESS Handbook and in the Teacher Education Programs section of this Bulletin.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.50; a satisfactory teaching portfolio and goals statement are required for admission to Teacher Education.
  • Students who have not been admitted to the Teacher Education Program may not enroll in ESS 355, 455, 456, 457, 461, 462, 464.
  • Certification in ARC Sport Safety Training Community First Aid and CPR must be current for ESS 461462.
  • To qualify for graduation in this concentration, all majors must achieve a grade of C (2.0) or better in each required course with an ESS prefix.
  • To graduate, all majors must obtain at least 36 s.h. in courses at the 300 level or above.
  • Appeals of any of these requirements must be filed with the appropriate departmental committee within one academic year.