Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (587)

Western Kentucky University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bowling Green
Fall

About this program

Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (587)

The major in Physical Education is designed to develop positive teaching skills in physical activity and to meet the need for qualified teachers in public/private schools, business settings, or community agencies. The major requires 79 semester hours for the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), 97 hours for the Physical Education Health Education concentration (PEHE), and 72 hours for the Physical Education Movement Studies concentration (PEMS), all of which lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

Students who complete the professional education requirements with the PETE, and PEHE concentration, may be certified in the professional education program.

Admission requirements

International Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • Minimum academic requirements: Freshmen: 2.5 GPA / Transfer:* 2.0 GPA
    • *Students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • SAT Critical Reading – 450
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 460
    • ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52
    • DuoLingo - 100 DET for one-semester Pathway program; 90 DET for two-semester Pathway program
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received. Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Financial Evidence of Support must be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Movement Studies Concentration

First Year

Fall

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • World History I or World History II
  • Personal Health
  • Colonnade - Arts & Humanities
  • Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)

Spring

  • General Mathematics or College Algebra
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology or General Biology Laboratory
  • Movement Themes and Concepts II

Second Year

Fall

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Human Nutrition
  • Movement Themes and Concepts
  • Net / Wall and Target Sports

Spring

  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Striking / Fielding and Invasion Sports
  • Motor Development

Third Year

Fall

  • Human Sexuality
  • Kinesiology)
  • Scientific Base/Conditioning
  • Fitness / Wellness Applications

Spring

  • Connections - Local to Global
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Methods in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • Field Experience in Physical Education I

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Lifespan Leisure & Recreation Activities
  • Basic Athletic Training

Spring

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Physical Education Movement Studies Practicum II
  • Advanced Principles of Coaching

Teacher Education Concentration

First Year

Fall

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • World History I or World History II
  • Personal Health
  • Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)
  • Colonnade - Arts & Humanities

Spring

  • General Mathematics or College Algebra
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Biology or General Biology Laboratory
  • Movement Themes and Concepts II

Second Year

Fall

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Human Nutrition
  • Movement Themes and Concepts I
  • Net / Wall and Target Sports

Spring

  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Striking / Fielding and Invasion Sports
  • Human Sexuality
  • Educational Psychology: Development and Learning
  • Student Diversity and Differentiation

Third Year

Fall

  • Kinesiology
  • Scientific Base/Conditioning
  • Fitness / Wellness Applications
  • Motor Development
  • Behavior and Classroom Management in Education
  • Safety and First Aid

Spring

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Methods in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education
  • Field Experience in Physical Education I
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • Human Sexuality

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Lifespan Leisure & Recreation Activities
  • Field Experience in Physical Education II
  • Content Area Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades
  • Teaching Physical Education
  • Connections - Local to Global

Spring

  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching or Student Teaching

Teacher Education Health Education Concentration

First Year

Fall

  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • World History I or World History II
  • Personal Health
  • Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)
  • Colonnade - Arts & Humanities

Spring

  • General Mathematics or College Algebra
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Movement Themes and Concepts II

Second Year

Fall

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Human Nutrition
  • Movement Themes and Concepts I
  • Net / Wall and Target Sports
  • Safety and First Aid

Spring

  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Striking / Fielding and Invasion Sports
  • Connections - Local to Global
  • Educational Psychology: Development and Learning
  • Student Diversity and Differentiation
  • Motor Development

Third Year

Fall

  • Kinesiology
  • Foundations of Public Health Education
  • Fitness / Wellness Applications
  • Human Sexuality
  • Behavior and Classroom Management in Education
  • Public and Community Health

Spring

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Methods in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education
  • Field Experience in Physical Education I
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
  • Drug Abuse Education

Fourth Year

Fall

  • Lifespan Leisure & Recreation Activities
  • Field Experience in Physical Education II
  • Content Area Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades
  • Teaching Health
  • Comprehensive School Health Program

Spring

  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching or Student Teaching

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Semester

  • Resident :$5,496
  • Military Veteran/Dependent Resident :$5,496
  • Non-Resident (Domestic) :$13,500
  • International :$13,824

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