Department of Secondary, Adult & Physical Education
Phone: 912.344.2562
Fax: 912.344.3496
University Hall

Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education (BSEd) offers a certification and a non-certification track.

Teacher Certification Track

The health and physical education major is designed to prepare the student for a career of teaching health and physical education with contemporary facilities and equipment in the public/private school systems at the preschool to high school level and leads to a state certification teaching credential. All classes are offered by experienced faculty both in the teacher certification field and in the general physical education curriculum.

Non-Certification Track: Recreation & Coaching 

The Health and Physical Education program offers a track in Recreation and Coaching. This program is designated for those who wish to work in the field of recreation and or coaching and does not lead to teacher certification. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the teacher certification program find careers as educators in both public and private schools, and some go on to earn advanced degrees that prepare them to teach college physical education. The list of potential area employers in physical education includes the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, the Effingham County School System, Bryan County School System, McIntosh County School System, Screven County School System, and private schools in surrounding counties. Graduates of the Recreation & Coaching program find careers working in non-teaching fields related to health and physical education. Potential employers include the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, fitness centers (both coporate and private), community recreational programs, and related non-teaching programs. 


Alumni from the program are currently working or have worked in the public and private school systems throughout southeast Georgia, as well in other positions as coaches, personal trainers, or health club administrators. 

Course of Study

All health and physical education majors must complete 60 semester hours in their major field of study. The credit hour requirement for a baccalaureate degree is up to 123 credit hours. Both tracks include a 12 credit hour internship to be completed toward the end of the program.