Health and Physical Education

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Health and Physical Education
Specializations:Fitness and Sport Coaching
Physical Education
Physical Education Teacher Education
Minor:Athletic Sport Coaching
Department:Movement Sciences and Health
Building 72, Room 241
(850) 474-2592
https://uwf.edu/ukcoh/departments/movement-sciences-and-health/
College:Usha Kundu, MD College of Health
CIP Code:31.0501
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.S. in Health and Physical Education prepares students for positions in teaching, the health and fitness industry, recreation services and for graduate study.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education must meet the requirements listed below. 

Students interested in the Exercise Science program should check the Exercise Science section of this catalog.

Students in the Fitness and Sport Coaching specialization will complete an internship during their senior year.  Requirements for admission to the internship are as follows:

  • Grade of “C-” or higher in all courses used to fulfill major requirements
  • At least a 2.00 major GPA in the major
  • Recommendations of academic advisor prior to registration for internship

Students in the Physical Education Teacher Education specialization will complete a student teaching experience during their senior year. Requirements for admission to the student teaching program are as follows:

  • Grade of “C-” or higher in all major related courses
  • At least a 2.50 or greater major GPA
  • Passing scores on the Professional Education Test, General Knowledge Exam, and the Physical Education Subject Area test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam
  • Approval by the Physical Education Teacher Education Program Committee

Students in the Physical Education specialization will complete a student teaching experience during their senior year. Requirements for admission to the student teaching program are as follows:

  • Grade of “C-” or higher in all major related courses
  • At least a 2.50 or greater major GPA
  • Approval by the Physical Education Teacher Education Program Committee

Fitness and Sport Coaching Specialization

The Fitness and Sport Coaching Specialization prepares students with a foundation of health, coaching, and pedagogical knowledge to pursue careers in fitness and sport coaching.  Employment settings include high school and collegiate sport coaching, community and recreational athletics, physical activity and sport enhancement programs, public and private fitness related organizations, and corporate wellness settings.  Coursework within the Fitness and Sport Coaching Specialization will focus on developing sport coaching leadership skills, content related to physical and cognitive sport performance, and overall health and wellness. Courses will involve hands-on, activity-based learning and experiences which will culminate in an internship designed to develop specific employment related skills. 

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Fitness and Sport Coaching majors should take APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory/BSC 1085 Anatomy and Physiology I to fulfill the laboratory science component.

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
or APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory
BSC 1086Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or APK 2105C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory
PET 2824Analysis of Team Sports3
EDF 1005Introduction to Education3
PEO 2031Analysis of Individual Sports3
Total Hours16-17

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.4-8
Total Hours4-8

Major

ATR 2000Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training *3
PEO 2510Theory and Practice of Coaching Soccer *1
PET 3123Historical Foundations of Sport and Fitness3
PET 3351CApplied Exercise Physiology3
PET 4310CMechanics of Human Motion3
PET 4434Physical Education in the Elementary School3
PET 4820Physical Education and Activities for Adolescents *3
ATR 3132Functional Kinesiology3
PET 3556CDesigning Resistance Training Programs 3
PET 4801Sport Skill Acquisition and Non-Traditional Sports3
HUN 2201Fundamentals of Human Nutrition3
APK 4163Sports Nutrition3
PET 3344CAthletic Coaching Methods *3
PET 3640Adapted Physical Education and Sport3
PET 4765Theory and Practice of Coaching *,**3
HSC 4300Changing Health Behaviors3
HSC 4581Health Promotion and Planning3
HLP 3300Organization and Administration of Professional Programs *3
PET 4940Internship ^1-6
Total Hours53-58

Major-Related

Choose two to three elective courses2-7
HLP 2081Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness **3
PSY 4832Sport and Exercise Psychology **3
SPM 4012Sociology of Sport **3
HSC 4104Health Aspects of Stress Management3
HSC 3406CAdvanced First Aid and Emergency Care3
APK 4409Success in Sports **3
APK 4114CPhysiological Basis of Strength Development3
APK 4610CApplied Resistance Training and Conditioning 3
HSC 4572Nutrition and Health3
EEX 3070Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration3
HLP 4922Field Experience1-3

Physical Education Specialization

Students interested in pursuing Physical Education careers beyond the public K-12 education system, will be able to do so by enrolling in the Physical Education specialization. Graduates from this specialization will be able to pursue careers as teachers and sport coaches within private school physical education settings, early childhood physical education settings, and adult physical education, recreation, and fitness settings.  Although the Physical Education specialization does not specifically prepare students for a state license as a certified physical education teacher, it may prepare students to pursue alternative state certification opportunities after they graduate.

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students graduating within the B.S. in the Health and Physical Education/Physical Education specialization must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater in all previously attempted college work.

For admission to their final internship, students must meet the requirements listed below:

  • 2.50 or greater cumulative GPA
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Red Cross certificate 

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Physical Education Teacher Education Specialization majors should take BSC 1085 Anatomy and Physiology I/APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory to fulfill the laboratory science component.

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
or APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory
BSC 1086Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or APK 2105C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory
EDF 1005Introduction to Education **3
PEO 2031Analysis of Individual Sports **3
PET 2824Analysis of Team Sports **3
Total Hours16-17

Major

PET 3351CApplied Exercise Physiology +3
PET 3123Historical Foundations of Sport and Fitness +3
HLP 3300Organization and Administration of Professional Programs +3
PET 4434Physical Education in the Elementary School +3
PET 3344CAthletic Coaching Methods +3
PET 4310CMechanics of Human Motion +3
PET 4820Physical Education and Activities for Adolescents +3
PET 4948Physical Education and Coaching Field Experience with PK - 12 +3
PET 4744Student Teaching in Physical Education6-12
PET 4801Sport Skill Acquisition and Non-Traditional Sports3
PET 3640Adapted Physical Education and Sport +3
Total Hours36-42

Major-Related 

EDF 3234Applied Foundations of Education3
EDG 3323Methods of K-12 Literacy Instruction3
TSL 4080ESOL Principles and Practices3
EEX 3070Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration3
ATR 2000Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training3
HSC 2100Personal Health3
Optional courses:0
Functional Kinesiology
Internship
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Changing Health Behaviors
Health Promotion and Planning
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Total Hours18

Upper Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.0-14
Total Hours0-14

Physical Education Teacher Education Specialization

Students interested in becoming certified Physical Education teachers in grades K-12 will be able to do so by enrolling in the Physical Education Teacher Education Specialization. The Physical Education Teacher Education specialization is a Florida Department of Education approved program and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking admission to the B.S. in the Health and Physical Education/Physical Education Teacher Education specialization must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater in all previously attempted college work and have passing scores on the General Knowledge test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. 

For admission to student teaching, students must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Grade of “C-” or higher in all major related courses
  • 2.50 or greater cumulative GPA
  • Passing scores on the Professional Education Test, General Knowledge Exam, and the Physical Education Subject Area test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Red Cross certificate 
  • Approval by the Physical Education Teacher Education Program Committee

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Physical Education Teacher Education Specialization majors should take BSC 1085 Anatomy and Physiology I/APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory to fulfill the laboratory science component.

Multicultural Requirement

ADDENDUM - 9/23/2021
Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1085+LAnatomy and Physiology I (+Lab) *4
or APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory
BSC 1086Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
or APK 2105C Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory
EDF 1005Introduction to Education **3
PEO 2031Analysis of Individual Sports **3
PET 2824Analysis of Team Sports **3
Total Hours16-17

Major

PET 3351CApplied Exercise Physiology +3
PET 3123Historical Foundations of Sport and Fitness +3
HLP 3300Organization and Administration of Professional Programs +3
PET 4434Physical Education in the Elementary School +3
PET 3344CAthletic Coaching Methods +3
PET 4310CMechanics of Human Motion +3
PET 4820Physical Education and Activities for Adolescents +3
PET 4948Physical Education and Coaching Field Experience with PK - 12 +3
PET 3640Adapted Physical Education and Sport +3
PET 4801Sport Skill Acquisition and Non-Traditional Sports3
Total Hours30

Major-Related 

EDF 3234Applied Foundations of Education3
EDG 3323Methods of K-12 Literacy Instruction3
TSL 4080ESOL Principles and Practices3
EEX 3070Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration3
PET 4744Student Teaching in Physical Education +12
HSC 2100Personal Health3
ATR 2000Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training3
Optional courses:
Functional Kinesiology
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Health, Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Changing Health Behaviors
Health Promotion and Planning
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Total Hours30

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.0-8
Total Hours0-8

Athletic Sport Coaching

The 16-hour Minor in Athletic Sport Coaching is offered by the Department of Movement Sciences and Health. The minor is designed for those students interested in the practical, methodological, and psychological aspects of coaching athletic sports.  This minor is available to all students. No directed study may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the minor. Completion of this minor may allow students to be eligible for FLDOE certification in Athletic Sport Coaching.

Required Courses:

ATR 2000Basic Care and Prevention Principles of Athletic Training3
HLP 3300Organization and Administration of Professional Programs3
PET 3344CAthletic Coaching Methods3
PET 4765Theory and Practice of Coaching3
PET 4820Physical Education and Activities for Adolescents3
PEO 2510Theory and Practice of Coaching Soccer1
Total Hours16