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Physical Education, Health Education & Teacher Licensure


As is true with all fields in Education, Physical Education & Health Education are seemingly at a crossroads. At Methodist University, we view that as a positive event! Crucial to the future of our children (and world) are individualized programs that are designed to increase physical activity levels and to promote healthy diets and life practices. Each student in physical education should be afforded the opportunity to engage in daily, moderate to vigorous, physical education activity and to acquire the knowledge and foundational skills for continued learning (skill progression) throughout school and adult life.

At Methodist University, we believe in teaching students enjoyable, lifetime activities. If you are interested in teaching and coaching and want to make a difference in the lives of your students and athletes, then Methodist University Physical Education & Health Education is the program for you! Our graduates are making a difference in the world!

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 35 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. 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, or exercise related fields. Click here for a list of the course requirements for a major in Physical Education and Health Education.

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.