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Bachelor of Arts: Physical Education & Health (K-12 Teacher Licensure)

Students who earn a degree in Physical Education and Health are recommended to receive K-12 licensure from the NC Department of Public Instruction to teach Healthful Living. Students are also eligible to sit for any content area PRAXIS II exam (eg., biology, special education, math, elementary etc.) to acquire additional licenses. Students take coursework in SHAHS and the Watson College of Education. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The majority of graduates move into teaching, coaching, and administration careers in public and private schools.

Teacher Licensure students complete pre-internship practicum experiences in several courses. For example, for PED 387 the Physical Education faculty at UNCW have collaborated with the Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBECHS) to offer physical education opportunities to the IBECHS students. VIDEO (external link)

UNCW physical education majors have been provided with on-campus practicum experiences that have helped prepare them for their internship semester. Additionally, the UNCW Fitness Clinic provides opportunities for students enrolled in PED 415 to work with students with disabilities. Activities include Adapted Aquatics, Fitness and Physical Activity, Health, and Leisure activities. PED 415 students are assigned to a student with a disability for one-on-one interaction. Assessments in physical fitness, motor skills, health knowledge, and social behavior are conducted. A plan for educational programming in these areas is developed (IEP) and lessons are prepared and implemented to meet the need of each student.

In addition to PED 387 and PED 415, practicum experiences are also embedded in PED 235, PED 386, PED 388, EDN 200, EDN 352 or EDN 356. Students complete the program of study with a 12-hour internship where they are placed into a local school for 15 weeks.

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UNCW offers scholarships to currently enrolled students. All prospective and accepted School of Health and Applied Human Sciences students are encouraged to fill out their FAFSA and the UNCW Scholarship Application in MySeaport to be eligible to receive awards from the university, college or school.

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