Merged Health Education (6-12)/Physical Education (P-12)

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The Bachelor of Science in Health Education (6-12)/Physical Education (P-12) degree is a dual teacher certification program designed to prepare the student to teach Health Education and Physical Education in the school. Satisfactory completion of program requirements leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with eligibility for a Class B Teaching Certificate awarded by the Alabama Department of Education. The program can be completed in 8 semesters and is 122 credit hours.



Course of Study

Graduation Plan

Why Health and Physical Education at South?

The program prepares teacher candidates to plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical education programs in the elementary (physical education only), middle school, and secondary school setting. Course work and applied field experiences are designed to enable candidates to provide health and physical education in a variety of education settings that include developmentally appropriate information and skills through a variety of teaching strategies.

Program Overview

The program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Candidates refine knowledge and skills in extensive classroom, laboratory, field, and clinical experiences. Throughout the program, students apply and assess pedagogical applications of technology. The program encourages the development of reflective, lifelong learners, and effective practitioners who interpret and apply current research in their teaching. Content area course work includes educational foundations, educational psychology, personal and community health, nutrition and hunger, drug education, human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and basic motor learning.


The Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Classrooms and Computer Lab are equipped with Smart Board® technology, projectors, and PCs with internet access. Other facilities include a weight-room, two gymnasiums, dance and martial arts studios, and instructional and research laboratories.


Craig Parkes, Ed.D.
(251) 341-3924