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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Sep 30, 2023
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Physical Education, BSPE

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Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.S.P.E. in Physical Education should be able to …

  • understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person.
  • understand how individuals learn and develop and can provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  • understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning, and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences.
  • use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
  • use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.
  • plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards.
  • understand and use assessment to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity.
  • evaluate the effects of their actions on others (e.g., students, parents/guardians, fellow professionals), and seek opportunities to grow professionally.
  • use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.
  • foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students’ growth and well being.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Physical Education, BSPE


Degree Requirements (124 hours)

See College of Education   for professional program admissions requirements, certification requirements, and other academic opportunities.

Program of Study

  1. Carolina Core (32-44 hours)
  2. College Requirements (0 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (11 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (81 hours)

1. Carolina Core (32-44 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (6-7 hours) 

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Scientific Literacy — SCI (8 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

The Carolina Core requires either two approved courses in one foreign language or a score of two or higher on the foreign language placement test.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (0-3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (11 hours)

Supporting Courses (11 hours)

The following courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher:

Minor (0-18 hours) optional

A student may choose to complete a minor consisting of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

4. Major Requirements (81 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

Major Courses (33 hours)

Core Requirements for Physical Education (23 hours):

Psychomotor Skills Courses (10 hours):

Teacher Certification Concentration (48 hours)

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