• Physical Education (K-12)

    The UNF Physical Education Teacher Education Program is focused on preparing professionals to teach physical education in both public and private school settings while also directing youth in intramural and athletic programs. Physical educators are valued for their contributions in promoting healthy lifestyles; yet, they are also enlisted to provide leadership assistance in a variety of roles in school settings. To develop a perspective for this challenge, students must first complete broad-based lower division requirements in teacher education, physical education, and in general education studies including the humanities, sciences, and mathematics.

    Upon completion of the lower division courses, students apply for admission to the College of Education and Human Services. After acceptance, all teacher education majors embark on studies encompassing learning theory, class management, communication skills, technology, and multicultural awareness. In addition, physical education students acquire specialized knowledge in methods courses which place an emphasis on quality planning, instruction, management, and evaluation. This pedagogical study is accompanied by a sound knowledge base in the movement sciences to empower teaching proficiency in school physical education programs. This valuable background nurtures the development of professionals who enable children and adolescents to have successful involvement in physically active lifestyles. Physical Education Program methods courses require in-class teaching experiences and school site observation/teaching experiences. Extended school site experiences are cultivated through pre-internships and the culminating experience of student teaching in an elementary, middle, or high school. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education will prepare a person to teach physical education in grades K-12 while also enabling progress toward the course work required for a Florida Coaching Endorsement Certificate. Prior to graduation, all physical education majors must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) which involves two components -- professional education and K-12 physical education. Upon program completion, COEHS graduates apply for an initial three year temporary certificate in teacher education. Later as a beginning teacher, application is made for a five year renewable certificate.

    BAE in Physical Education (K-12)

    The K-12 Physical Education Teacher Education Program maintains its important role in advancing public health through the preparation and recertification of teachers for elementary, middle school, and high school physical education. The preeminent curricular approaches addressed during professional preparation involve the skill theme approach (elementary), skill development model (middle school), sport education plus personal fitness curriculum models (high school), and also a pervasive fitness education model that is applied throughout grades K-12. This curriculum framework serves to introduce healthy physical activity that is developmentally appropriate and pedagogically efficient for children. An emphasis is placed on national and state standards to increase professional planning, qualitative learning, and accountable forms of assessment. The program of study also assists the knowledge base of prospective teachers who have an additional interest in directing youth in recreation, sport, and fitness programs in a variety of settings.


    In addition to spacious sport fields and fitness and aquatic centers, a modern arena houses the UNF Physical Education, Athletic, and Recreation Programs. The Physical Education faculty brings to students many years of quality experience in school, university, community, and agency-based settings. They are active as authors, designers of professional materials, conference presenters, and state leaders.

    Admission to the Program

    Those entering the College of Education and Human Services must meet University admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria.



  • Major: Physical Education
    Concentration: Physical Education (K-12)
    Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education
    Prerequisites (24 credits)
    EDF1005 Intro to Teaching Profession (3 Credits)
    • Acceptable substitute: EDFX005
    EDF2085 Intro to Diversity Educators (3 Credits)
    • Acceptable substitutes: EDFX085, EDG 2701
    EME2040 Intro to Tech for Educators (3 Credits)
    • Acceptable substitute: EMEX040
    BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
    BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)
    • Acceptable substitute for BSC2086C is PETX622
    of Skill Development Courses in Physical Activities from the following prefixes: PEM/PEN/PEL/PEO/PEP/PEQ (Must be in different sports.)
    CHOOSE 3 credit hours from below:
    Conditioning, Fitness and Wellness courses
    • PEM 1131 Weight Training
    • PEM 1930 Aerobic Dance
    • PEN 2172 Fitness Swimming
    • PEM 1104 Physical Conditioning
    Additional Diversity (6 credits)
    Select six semesters hours with an international or diversity focus. This requirement may be satisified by the completion of the general education or free elective requirements during the first sixty semester hours. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement. See an academic advisor prior to enrolling in these courses.
    • CPO 3123 (FC) Pol/Soc of Britain & Ireland
    • CPO 4034 Third World Politics
    • ECO 3703 International Trade
    • ECO 4504 Public Finance
    • ECO 4723 International Monetary System
    • FIN 4604 International Finance
    • GEO 2420 CD-Cultural Geography
    • HSC 4141 Etiology: Addiction
    • HSC 4160 Human Dev Health Beh Adc
    • HSC 4563 Dimens: Hlth Older Adu
    • MAR 4156 International Marketing
    • MUH 2018 Evolution of Jazz
    • MUH 3055 (FC) Afr Am Mus Heritage
    • PET 4640 Adapted Phys Educ
    • PHH 3100 Ancient Philosophy
    • PHH 3120 (FC) Greek Experience
    • PHH 3400 Modern Philosophy
    • PHH 3500 19th Century Philosophy
    • PHH 3811 Philosophy/Zen Buddhism
    • PHH 4601 20th Century Cont Philosophy
    • PHH 3860 (FC) Japanese Mind
    • REL 2300 CD-Comparative Religion
    • REL 3145 Woman Relg Wst Exper
    • REL 3213 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    • REL 3310 Asian Religions
    • REL 3330 Religions of India
    • REL 3443 Liberation Theology
    • SOP 3742 CD-Pysch of Women
    • SYD 3700 CD-Race/Cult Minority or ANT/ASH/EUH/LAH/CLT/ENL/LIT/INR/CLP/EED/EEX/EHD/ ELD/EMR/SPA/ARH/FOL/FRE/FRT/FRW/JPN/LAS/SPN/SPT/SPW except ARH 3423, ARH 3470, ARH 3930, ARH 4710, ARH 4724, ARH 4800 and INR 4334.
    Foundation (6 credits)
    CHOOSE PET 2351C or APK 3110C
    TSL4324 TESOL for Content Area Teacher (3 Credits)
    Core Requirements (28 credits)
    EDF3945 Field Laboratory I (2-4 Credits)
    EDF3946 Field Laboratory II (2-4 Credits)
    EDG3323 The Learning Process (3 Credits)
    EDF4444 Assessment of Learn/Behavior (3 Credits)
    RED3333 Content Area Reading (3 Credits)
    EDG4410 Classroom Managment Commun (3 Credits)
    PET4945L Student Teaching (12 Credits)
    Major Requirements (31 credits)
    PE02004 Theory/Practice in Coaching
    PEO3106 Fitness Education (3 Credits)
    PET3311 Kinesiology and Motor Behavior (3 Credits)
    PET3434 Teaching Movement (3 Credits)
    PET3641 Cur Mth K12 and Adpt PE (3 Credits)
    PET3820 Teaching Sport Skill (3 Credits)
    PET4401 Admin Physical Education/Sport (3 Credits)
    from the following list of prefixes:
    SELECT_ 1 Health Elective
    from the following:
    • HSC 2100 Personal Health Issues & Problems
    • HSC 3555 Diseases: Prevention, Intervention & Treatment
    • HSC 4133 Sexuality Education
    • HSC 4134 Mental/Emotional Health Education
    • HSC 4150 Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention
    • HUN 2201 Basic Principles of Nutrition
    • PEP 4135 Principles of Strength & Conditioning
    • PET 3080 Physical Activity & Health
    • PET 4550 Physical Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescri
    • PET 2622 Care/Prevention of Sport Injuries (must take if
    • not taken as a lower level prerequisite)
    48 Upper Level Hours (48 credits)
    To graduate with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Education and Human Services, you must earn a minimum of 48 upper level credits out of a minimum 120 degree applicable required credit hours.
    48HOURS 48 upper level hours
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