Health & Physical Education PreK-12 (BS) Program Overview

The health and physical education degree gives you the perfect way to combine your love of sports and physical activity with the joy of serving others as a PreK-12 teacher. Today’s P.E. teachers do much more than just oversee traditional gym classes. They help students understand and maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition, mindfulness, and stress management. If you feel called to lead others and help them live their best lives, Bluefield College prepares you for a career in teaching with our Christ-centered education.

Be a P.E. Teacher

Individual attention sets our health and physical education program apart from other P.E. programs. Limited class sizes and hands-on learning, including a full semester of student teaching in addition to 100 hours of classroom observation, mean you won’t just read about teaching. You’ll see it firsthand before you put your ideas into practice. Through your coursework, you’ll receive personalized feedback for constant improvement. That’s why BC graduates are highly sought after in Virginia schools.

Do you want to be ready to lead a classroom of your own in just four years? Explore all that Bluefield College has to offer academically and through Intercollegiate athletics.


The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: August 19, 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (49 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Statistics (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (45 Credits)

  • Anatomy & Physiology I OR Human Biology
  • Introduction to K-12 PE
  • Motor Learning
  • Teaching Fitness & Wellness
  • PE for the Young Child
  • Individual & Dual Sports
  • Tests & Measurements for PE
  • Assessment of Athletic Injuries
  • Exercise Physiology & Lab
  • Kinesiology & Lab
  • Nutrition & Metabolism
  • Stress Management OR Sport Psychology
  • Seminar in Drug & Health Education
Professional Education (23 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
  • Methods & Curriculum for PE K-12 
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater; Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater; Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge
Total Credits: 132

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

PreK-12 Health & P.E. Teacher
Athletics Coach/Instructor
Adaptive Physical Education Specialist
Adventure/Outdoor Educator
Camp Director

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.