Physical Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Physical Education is to produce exceptionally-prepared educational professionals who can meet the needs of all students and function as leaders in a classroom. As a graduate of this program, you should be able to:

  • Plan effective lessons and conduct appropriate assessments of learning
  • Create a productive, well-managed learning environment
  • Build effective collaborative relationships with administrators, fellow educators, and student family members
  • Pursue career-long professional development to continue growing as an educator

About This Program

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree specializing in Physical Education prepares students to develop a life-long love of active living and wellness. The Physical education program includes coursework and field experiences focused on physical and mental skill development, healthy living and personal wellness, and the ability to teach these skills to others. If you are interested in teaching future generations to play fair, work hard, and live well, you may want to consider majoring in Physical Education.

All Salem teacher education programs are delivered in a blended instructional format (on ground and online) with school-based fieldwork that leads to licensure to teach in America’s schools. The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s NCATE legacy process.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Physical Education can lead to career paths suchas:

  • Teaching Health Education in public or private schools (Grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12/Adult)
  • Non-profit organization work (i.e. charities, policy focused, advocacy)
  • Health care-related organizations
  • Wellness counseling (i.e. fitness, nutrition)
  • Community, school, college, or professional coaching
  • Advanced Studies

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree program consists of the following professional education core courses:

  • EDU101 Foundations of Education
  • SPE120 Areas of Exceptionality in Special Education
  • EDU222 Technology Integration in the Classroom
  • EDU271 Human Development
  • EDU272 Educational Psychology
  • EDU362 Reading across the Content Areas
  • EDU370 Schools, Families, and Communities
  • EDU376 Materials & Methods of Teaching
  • SPE390 Inclusive Curriculum, Materials & Methods
  • EDU416 Educational Assessment Strategies
  • EDU436 Classroom Environment & Management
  • EDU490 Student Teaching 1
  • EDU491 Student Teaching 2
  • EDU492 Student Teaching 3


In addition to the professional education core, students in the Physical Education specialization will take the following sample of courses:


  • PED101 Individual Sports
  • PED102 Team Sports
  • PED209 Adapted Physical Education and Sport
  • PED250 Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • PED377A/B Materials and Methods of Teaching Physical Education
  • PED422 Advanced Topics in Physical Education


For the full list of specialization courses in the Physical Education specialization, please see the current Salem Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University.

Students who specifically seek to earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are accepted to the university as education majors. To enter the Salem teacher education program, education majors must undergo a portfolio evaluation and interview. Successful completion of this Level I Review (the first of a three-level review process across the program) is required for formal admission into the teacher education program. To qualify for the Level 1 Review education majors must:

  • Complete 24-36 hours of coursework, including EDU101, SPE120, or EDU272
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in content courses, in the professional educator core courses, and overall
  • Meet the required passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)
  • Pass a criminal background check

For more information on teacher education program admission for Physical Education, please see the current  Salem Undergraduate Catalog.