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 overseeing 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 University 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 classroom observations that are incorporated into most education courses, 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 BU 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 University has to offer academically and through Intercollegiate athletics.


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On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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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 & Activity
  • 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
  • Team 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
  • Methods & Curriculum for Health 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 (2 Tests)

  • 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

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231