Physical Education & Health Education
Graduates with a major in Physical Education and Health Education (PHE) will have the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective Physical Education and Health Education teachers. Students who earn a major in physical education and health education, with teacher licensure, are qualified to teach physical education and health education in grades K-12 in North Carolina and many other states. North Carolina currently has reciprocity with approximately 45 other states which typically allows our graduates to be eligible for immediate employment in those states. After successfully passing appropriate licensure tests and completing some additional coursework, graduates frequently gain employment in the remaining states.
The Teacher Education Program, with which the Physical Education & Health Education major is associated, requires students to participate in three different field experiences prior to student teaching. Since North Carolina licensure in Physical Education & Health Education is for grades K-12, Physical Education & Health Education majors in the Teacher Education Program complete a field experience in each of three settings: an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. Students are allowed to choose the setting in which they complete their full-semester student teaching experience.
Most field experiences take place in the Cumberland County School System, which provides a quality education to over 54,000 students. Cumberland County has over 30 elementary schools, over 10 middle schools, and seven high schools with more schools currently under construction. Students may also choose to do their field experiences and student teaching with the Fort Bragg School System, which is part of the Department of Defense, and nearby communities such as Hoke, Harnett, and Johnston counties. Students are supervised on-site by their cooperating teacher and by a Methodist University Physical and Health Education, or Education Department faculty member.
The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science is to prepare professionals at the undergraduate level through excellence in teaching, research and service so that they may encourage enhanced performance and quality of life of all citizens through active lifestyles and lifetime physical activity.
- Wellness courses provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain and improve physical fitness levels and to develop an understanding of the lifetime benefits associated with regular physical activity and exercise.
- Graduates with a major in Physical Education and Health Education (PHE) will have the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective Physical Education and Health Education teachers. Students who earn a major in Physical Education and Health Education, with teacher licensure, are qualified to teach physical education and health education in grades K-12 in North Carolina and many other states. Students who earn a major in Physical Education and Health Education without teacher licensure usually go on to graduate school or seek employment in physical education, health education, or exercise related fields.
Requirements for the Major in Physical Education and Health Education
48 s.h., including PXS, 2050, 2090, 2200, 2400, 2860, 2900, 3060, 3100, 3120, 3200, 3300, 3400, 4040, 4050, 4060 and 4150. Students seeking teaching licensure must complete additional course work and other requirements as listed below. Throughout the program there are opportunities for observation, participation, and teaching with public school students, including students with disabilities. Students majoring in PHE are exempt from the wellness core requirement.
Requirements for Teacher Licensure (K-12) in Physical Education and Health Education
Coordinator: Mr. John Herring
Completion of the requirements for the Physical Education and Health Education major and EDU 2420, 3300, 3420, 4070, 4130, 4200, and 4210. For additional requirements, refer to requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching.
Students majoring in Physical Education and Health Education must meet all of the following requirements for graduation:
- A grade of C (2.0) or better in each course of the student’s major.
- A grade of C (2.0) or better in the professional sequence (PHE teacher licensure only).
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (2.7 for PHE teacher licensure).
Requirements for the minor in Physical Education & Health Education
15 semester hours of PXS courses, including PXS 4150. A minor does not qualify students for physical education teacher licensure.