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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

K-12 Physical Education Major, B.S.

Department of Secondary, K-12 and Educational Technology  

School of Education  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education prepares students to teach in public or private schools. Course work leads to elementary, secondary and K-12 physical education/ health education licensure in Colorado. In addition to the bachelor’s degree program, we offer a licensure-only option for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Many of the classes are experience-based, meaning students are either physically active in our gyms, outdoor athletic facility or are in K-12 schools implementing teaching assignments. Additional opportunities are also provided by helping with field days and special events in schools and volunteer coaching opportunities. We prepare our students to teach diverse populations by giving them the opportunity to work and learn in urban, suburban, and rural environments. The core curriculum is designed to prepare candidates to pass the K-12 Physical Education PRAXIS exam and to utilize the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards. Licensure candidates need to meet with a K-12 Physical Education advisor. Candidates seeking teacher licensure must also gain admission to the Teacher Education Program. A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. In addition to preparing students for entry into teaching and coaching positions in grades K-12, this degree provides students the prerequisites for advanced degrees in education, sports administration, and other related disciplines. Health and Physical Educators are making a lasting impact on the future health of America. We take pride in helping students understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Student Outcomes

  • Demonstrate physical education content and scientific and theoretical foundations when delivering an effective K-12 physical education program aligned with local, state and/or national standards.
  • Exhibit skills of a physically literate individual who can demonstrate skillful performance in physical education content areas and health-enhancing levels of fitness.
  • Validate an effective use of resources, accommodations and/or modifications, technology to address the diverse needs of all students.
  • Engage students in meaningful learning experiences using communication, feedback, technology, and instructional and managerial skills to enhance student learning.
  • Display knowledge to select and implement appropriate assessments to monitor students’ progress and guide decision making related to instruction and learning.
  • Connect Literacy and Math-Connect literacy, including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD), teaching strategies as well as mathematics to Physical Education teaching.
  • Create Inclusive Teaching Environment-Create a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment that facilitates learning for diverse populations, including CLD students.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of first and second language acquisition and teaching strategies for CLD students.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Additional Requirements for K-12 Physical Education Teacher Licensure: 26 credits

All students must complete the following courses in teaching foundations and strategies. Before registering for these courses, students should obtain admission to the School of Education. Please consult with an academic advisor.

Senior Experience: 12 credits

Students may take 6 credits of EDU 4190 and EDS 4290 or 12 credits of either student teaching course. Please consult with an academic advisor.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Major Courses 64 credits
Additional Requirements 26 credits
Senior Experience 12 credits
Total for the K-12 Physical Education Major, B.S. Minimum 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.