The Department of Kinesiology has a specialized major in Physical Education and Health Teacher Education (PEHTE), leading to K-12 licensure to teach physical education in North Carolina and many other states. This program prepares future teachers by providing opportunities for observation, participation, assisting, and teaching experiences with public school students, including those with special needs.
- The Department of Kinesiology is the 4th largest department on campus, serving approximately 700 undergraduate students.
- The program is #19 nationally and #1 in North Carolina for Best Schools for Veterans Studying Physical Education, ranked by College Factual
- Faculty members in the department are ranked in the top 2% of the most influential scientists on the 2023 Stanford University List.
- Faculty are actively engaged as professors, researchers, editors, American College of Sports Medicine fellows, National Academy of Kinesiology fellows, clinicians, and scientists.
- Faculty have grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
- The program is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.
The Student Experience
Throughout the program, there are opportunities for active observation, assisting teachers, peer and small group teaching, and a culminating student teaching experience with public school students, including those with special needs.
Graduates of approved teacher education curricula are eligible for initial licensure on the basis of UNC Greensboro’s recommendation to the State Department of Public Instruction.
Apply to Program
To participate in this major, students must meet the following requirements:
- Current major GPA of 2.5 or higher
- A minimum grade of C (not C-) in all KIN prefix courses taken at UNCG
- Successful completion of the following classes:
- BIO111 and lab (C- or better)
- BIO271 and lab or KIN291 and lab (C or better)
- KIN 250 (C or better)
- Twenty (20) hours of volunteer work in a physical activity setting
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