With the Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education degree program, our goal is to prepare you to meet the needs of your students in the gym and the classroom and exhibit leadership in your school district.

About the  Physical Education degree at Salem University

Like all our teacher education programs, our bachelor’s degree in physical education program is delivered in a blended format that includes both on-campus and online classes to offer our students maximum flexibility. Courses are delivered monthly, and our online offerings are designed to work around busy schedules and full-time employment. You can also pursue your physical education degree entirely in person and reside at our 100-acre campus in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

Physical Education Degree Curriculum

Salem’s physical education degree covers topics like physical and mental human development, foundations of how our bodies and muscles move and interact, how sports contribute to socialization and growth, how to establish and maintain healthy habits, and more. If you are passionate about helping students connect to the ideas of fair play, hard work, and healthy living, then a physical education degree might be the major for you.

All of our education students learn the foundational skills to be an effective teacher in today’s schools, including:

  • Planning and strategizing lessons
  • Developing appropriate assessments of students’ skills
  • Creating productive learning environments
  • Collaborating with administrators and fellow educators
  • Building relationships with students and their family members

Our physical education degree program combines those education principles with elements of a kinesiology degree to help you develop a lifelong love of active living and wellness in students. 

Career Opportunities

With a physical education degree, you can pursue paths like:

  • Teaching health education in public or private schools (Grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12/Adult)
  • Working for healthcare-related or non-profit organizations (e.g., charities, policy-focused, advocacy)
  • Wellness counseling (e.g., fitness, nutrition)
  • Community, school, college, or professional coaching
  • Advanced studies in education, kinesiology, or exercise physiology

Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Requirements

Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education program:

  • 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

Start your higher education journey and apply online today! If you’re not ready to apply, contact us with any questions or start a live chat today to learn more about our program and how it can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.