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Prepare to teach health and physical education in elementary, middle, and high school through our BSEd in Health and Physical Education, which includes certification to teach in Georgia schools.

You will learn instructional methods for teaching physical activity, sport skills, physical fitness, and teamwork at various age levels. You'll also study the latest biomechanics, physiology, and health and wellness principles.

Upon completion you will be eligible for initial certification to teach K-12 in Georgia public schools.

If you aspire to work in the private sector or in a setting outside of schools, we offer a non-certification track that prepares professionals to work in community sport and movement settings such as sport clubs, fitness centers, recreation departments, and personal training.

Program Highlights

  1. Leads to Georgia K-12 teaching certification
  2. Non-teaching track also available
  3. Accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  4. Financial assistance available through at least 18 awards


Learn instructional methods for teaching physical activity, sport skills, physical fitness, and teamwork at various age levels.

Our program combines lectures in the classroom, student teaching, and opportunities in our research laboratories with other service-learning courses and experiences. A hallmark of our certification program is the 15 weeks you will spend working full-time in elementary, middle, or high school classrooms in either the fall or spring of your final year. If you're interested in working outside the public school system, such as in youth sports, recreation programs, and personal fitness, there is a non-teaching track that does not include certification. You'll take an additional 14 hours of coursework in lieu of student teaching.

To complete the degree, you must earn Red Cross certification in first aid and CPR and demonstrate competence in at least eight physical activities: swimming, dance, outdoor recreation, and five more of your choice.

Coursework includes:

  • 52 hours of core physical education, which includes 14 hours of student teaching or additional courses for non-certification students
  • 9 hours of health education, which includes drug education and human sexuality
  • 9 hours of exercise science

Our faculty will prepare you to be certified to teach in Georgia upon graduation. About 80 percent of health and physical education graduates start teaching after completing the program, with most of the rest pursuing further studies in a master's degree program.

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Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Part 2: Apply to the BSEd in Health and Physical Education

Students who are declared majors in health and physical education are moved into the major on a case-by-case basis as evaluated by the program advisor. Generally, students are ready to enter the major when they have ~60 hours completed or in progress, and have their Area I-VI core courses completed or in progress. Area VI and major courses must receive a grade of C or better. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to be eligible for student teaching for all teacher certification programs.

Students who believe they will meet all or most of these requirements within the coming semester should schedule an appointment with the program advisor so that they may be moved into the major.

Applications are now open. Applications are due by midnight of January 17.

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Non-Certification Option

This BSED has a non-certification area of emphasis called Educational Studies in Health and Physical Education. This option is for students wishing to learn pedagogical skill and content knowledge but plan on working in a non-public school instructional environment. This emphasis area enables students to pursue sport and physical education interests in other areas in kinesiology in preparation for the continually changing world of sport (e.g., athletic clubs, fitness instruction, youth development). Students who select this emphasis are not eligible for teacher licensure and complete 13 hours of coursework in lieu of the student teaching experience. If in the future a student sought licensure, a student teaching experience could be completed.

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Meet Your Advisor

All undergraduate students at UGA meet with an academic advisor each semester. This meeting is critical to a student's success as a chance to discuss courses and electives, certification criteria, and general graduation requirements.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Get real-life experience by teaching in public schools, and working with individuals with special needs in the Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic.

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