Promote a Healthy, Physically Active, and Christ-Centered Lifestyle in Today’s Youth
Are you interested in leading our youth to foster a lifetime of being physically, mentally, and spiritually fit? Our Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health degree prepares graduates to become competent, problem-solving, and innovative professionals able to design, deliver, and assess health and physical education instruction for grades Pre-K through 12.
This degree program offers two tracks, Virginia licensure and non-licensure. Approved by the Virginia Department of Education, the licensure track requires you to complete one semester of student teaching that includes full-time classroom teaching in both elementary and secondary health and physical education settings. Upon graduation, licensure students receive a Virginia teaching license. Most state education departments grant licensure reciprocity to our graduates.
Why Choose Liberty’s Physical Education and Health Degree?
At Liberty, our desire is to provide you with a college experience that is spiritually, academically, and socially fulfilling. You’ll learn from experienced professionals and enjoy the active spiritual and social aspects of our campus, all while pursuing a degree that will help you enter the field of physical education and health.
Your professors have real-life experience in the field. They are in the classroom and lab with you, teaching and guiding you throughout your coursework. Throughout this program, you’re getting hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art labs and in fieldwork related to physical education. By the time you graduate, you will have invaluable experience teaching physical education (PE) classes and working in the various motor development labs.
We want you to have a fulfilling social life while you’re here on campus. We have weekly convocation services, campus church, and small groups meant to provide you with a meaningful spiritual life. Additionally, you have plenty of opportunities to get involved with over 200 student-led clubs.
What Will You Learn in Our Physical Education and Health Bachelor’s Degree?
Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health degree from Liberty University means that you will gain practical hands-on training to prepare you for a career in health and physical education.
Throughout this degree, you will:
- Learn how to create a dynamic PE or health program in your school or organization.
- Review a history of curricular programs and current problems and issues of physical education.
- Get an introduction to coaching that will be useful for both school programs and other extra-curricular sporting events.
- Study how drug abuse affects individuals and society as a whole.
- Study a variety of sport and motor learning development techniques and methods as well as appropriate teaching techniques and skill competencies.
- Learn the fundamental skills, relevant strategies, and applicable rules of the major sports and physical activities.
As you progress in the degree program, you will have the opportunity to obtain first-hand experience by observing PE classes at local elementary schools. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn from seasoned professionals and gain invaluable insight into the development and management of PE classes.
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
HLTH 252 – Drugs in Society
In this course, you will learn about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug effects upon individuals, schools, and community.
HLTH 402 – The School Health Program
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- School health program philosophy and K-12 curriculum
- Policies, procedures, and methods for the teaching of health education
PHED 189 – PE Observations in Schools
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How to teach physical education in the elementary school setting and adapt physical education for the exceptional child
- The student must observe a minimum of twenty hours in an elementary program
SMGT 300 – Introduction to Coaching
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- The roles, qualifications, responsibilities, and skills required of coaches during and off-season
- Issues affecting coaches both on and off the field
Highlights of Our Physical Education & Health Degree
- Gain hands-on experience in our Human Performance Lab, Motion Analysis Lab, Functional Assessment Labs, and Standardized Patient Assessment Lab.
- Upon graduation, licensure students receive a Virginia teaching license. Most state education departments grant licensure reciprocity to our graduates.
- There are opportunities to be involved in research projects with faculty as an undergraduate student.
Physical Education & Health Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Physical Education & Health Graduates
- Athletic administrator
- Director of youth camps/sports programs
- Health education teacher
- Physical education (PE) teacher
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.