Physical Education

Bachelor of Science in Education

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With the Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Physical Education program, our goal is to prepare you to meet the needs of your students in the gym and in the classroom and to exhibit leadership in your school district. All of our education students learn the foundational skills to being 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 program combines those education principles with elements of kinesiology degree to help you develop in students a lifelong love of active living and wellness. Coursework will cover 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 just be the major for you.


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

The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Salem University was founded in West Virginia in 1888 and has a long established history of producing graduates who think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate strong problem-solving skills, and demonstrate leadership in their fields.

What You'll Take

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree program includes courses like:

  • 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

Students pursuing their physical education degree will also take:

  • 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

The specialization is offered in three modalities:
Campus based – classes are taught on campus and successful completion will lead to WV teacher licensure
Hybrid – classes are taught online with licensure residency requirements met at your home location with K12 schools in your area
Non-Licensure – classes are taught online without any licensure requirements

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 health care-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 or kinesiology or exercise physiology

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.

  • 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

Professional Licensure Notification
CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

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