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About the Degree
Bachelor of Science (B.S.Ed.) in Health and Physical Education
Format: On Campus
Credits: 124 semester hours
The program in Health and Physical Education provides the student with a degree leading to teacher certification P-12 in the area of health and physical education.
The Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education program allows students to gain experience throughout matriculation to work with local teachers and students to enhance their knowledge and skills required to evaluate, plan, and provide health and physical programs to diverse age and ability levels for long term healthy living.
Alumni from the Health and Physical Education program are currently working or have worked in the public and private school systems throughout southeast Georgia, the states and nation as:
- Health educators
- Physical educators
- Personal trainers
- Health club administrators
Students will accomplish the following objectives:
- Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.
- Demonstrate mastery of the necessary knowledge related to health & physical education.
- Use technology to enhance learning & to enhance personal & professional productivity.
- Reflect on experiences as they relate to students, the teaching environment & their performance.
- Builds professional relations with colleagues throughout the community.
- Engages in professional development, demonstrates ethical conduct in working with all constituencies, and reflects upon instruction and student learning to assess teaching effectiveness.
Regular Admission: Apply for and satisfy all requirements for admission to candidacy.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commision, state licensing body for teacher certification, requires teacher candidates to spend time observing and working with children in a school setting before Internship II. Many of the courses within the program of study will include assignments working with public school children to complete different activities in a variety of settings and grade levels. There will be specific forms documenting said observations, which will become part of the permanent record. Failure to complete this requirement will result in an incomplete grade for the course in question.
To satisfy the State of Georgia's educator assessment requirements for initial teacher certification, two exams are required: Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment and the GACE Content Assessment(s) in Health and Physical Education. The GACE Program Admission Assessment is an academic skills assessment of reading, mathematics, and writing, and must be passed prior to Admission to Candidacy. The GACE Content Assessment(s) are content knowledge examinations that must be passed prior to Internship II. These exams are administered by the Educational Testing Service and require a fee each time they are taken. Results take 6-8 weeks to reach test-takers, so it is recommended that students plan ahead. Students are responsible for providing copies of their results on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or exemption scores) and the GACE Content Assessment in their Candidacy and Internship II application packets, respectively.
Everything you need to know about GACE testing (test dates, locations, 100-page study guide with practice questions, registration information) is available at www.gace.ets.org.
Be aware that, before you can register for a test, you must first create a MyPSC account on the PSC website and then a testing account on the ETS GACE website. When you create the MyPSC account, take note of your Georgia Certification Identification Number (GA CERT ID) -- because you will need it when you create your GACE testing account.