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Bachelor of Arts: Physical Education & Health

The Physical Education and Health program is designed for students who want to enter K‑12 teaching or the health, wellness and fitness industries. Students must complete the core courses and then, choose from one of two concentrations: the K‑12 Teacher Licensure concentration (2.7 GPA requirement) or the Lifetime Fitness and Health concentration (2.0 GPA requirement). The K‑12 Teacher Licensure concentration is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and prepares students to teach, coach and assume leadership positions in K‑12 schools. The Lifetime Fitness and Health concentration prepares students for a career in the health and fitness industry. A Master of Education (MED) degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are also offered, in conjunction with the Watson College of Education.

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

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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