May 18, 2024  
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-18 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education (BS)

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Federal CIP: 13.1314 Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Physical education is a unique major that differs from other curricular areas in that it is the only one that incorporates the three educational learning domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor within its course offerings. The physical education major prepares students with knowledge (cognitive) pertaining to the human body; information concerning attitudes, feelings, and relationships (affective); and understanding of what physical skills the body is able to perform (psychomotor). The major prepares teacher candidates to instruct from kindergarten through secondary levels of public-school education and is recognized by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Learning Outcomes

Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals and upon completion of the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Education are expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills associated with each of the following standards.

Standard 1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge.

Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Standard 2: Skill and Fitness Based Competence

Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K - 12 Standards.

Standard 3: Planning and Implementation

Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.

Standard 4: Instructional Delivery and Management

Physical education teacher candidates use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.

Standard 5: Impact on Student Learning

Physical education teacher candidates utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

Standard 6: Professionalism

Physical education teacher candidates demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Physical Education BS Requirements

Majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than B- in all EDUC, EDRS, and PHED courses in their program.

Specified Core Curriculum

Professional Education/Concentrations

Student must choose one of the following options. Students can choose to persue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physical Education by completing the Professional Education option, or earn a degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Coaching or Fitness for Aging.


All EDUC, EDRS, and PHED courses require a B- minimum grade with an overall GPA of 2.75. Admittance into Lock I requires an overall GPA of 2.75.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 74-77 hrs.

Electives 0-6 hrs.


Total: 120 hrs.


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