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Physical Education

It's more important than ever to provide children and adolescents with educational experiences that build physical literacy and promote long-term health and wellness. Your passion for physical activity, sports, physical fitness and health can make a positive impact on the quality of life for your students into adulthood.

What to Expect

As a physical education major, you will learn how to teach children the knowledge and skills needed to move with confidence and competence in a wide variety of physical activities. You will also learn the strategies needed to foster personal and social skills that are important to participation in, and enjoyment of, physical activity for a lifetime.

The physical education program, ranked No. 1 in the country and No. 3 in the world in 2016, includes several semesters of hands-on experiences in which you will teach both in schools and other settings where physical activity can be promoted. The training you receive at South Carolina will prepare you to enter the profession of physical education teaching as a leader.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Physical Education

Beyond the core curriculum through the College of Education, the course work for physical education begins with classes in biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology.

The following courses fulfill the education core for a bachelor's degree in physical education:

  • Introduction to the Description and Analysis of Human Movement
  • Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education
  • Motor Learning in Physical Education
  • Teaching Health Related Physical Fitness
  • Observational Analysis of Sports Techniques and Tactics
  • American Coaching Effectiveness Program

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Education offers three graduate-level programs: a Master of Art in Teaching, intended for students looking for a "second career" in education, a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education and a Ph.D. program:

For more information contact the College of Education at coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-6732.

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

For more information contact Ali Brian, Ph.D., CAPE at abrian@sc.edu, 803-777-3101.

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

For more information contact the College of Education at coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-6732.

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about the Graduate School, degree options, and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.