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Bachelor of Arts: Healthful Living & Fitness Education

The Healthful Living & Fitness Education major (formerly the Physical Education & Health major) 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 Specialty (2.7 GPA requirement) or the Lifetime Fitness & Health Specialty (2.0 GPA requirement). Additionally, students who have a non-teaching bachelors degree and are seeking initial teaching certification in physical education and health can pursue the online Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Healthful Living & Fitness Education majors are provided with on-campus practicum experiences that 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.

Hands-on training is a central theme in this major. Practicum experiences are embedded into seven courses throughout the program. Students complete the program of study with a 12-hour internship where they are placed into a local school for 15 weeks.

K-12 Teacher Licensure Specialty:

The K‑12 Teacher Licensure Specialty 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. 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 

Lifetime Fitness & Health Specialty:

The Lifetime Fitness & Health Specialty prepares students for a career in the health and fitness industry. 

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