Health & Physical Education

Physical Education majors will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and will meet teacher licensure requirements for Health and Physical Education PreK-12. The Health and Physical Education program is accredited by the Department of Education in Virginia and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The major offers course work and field experiences, including student teaching. Participation in student organizations, professional associations, and other experiences related to the major, such as the Department-sponsored Majors' Club, Healthy Hamptonians, or American Red Cross Club, is strongly encouraged. Requirements for student teaching and graduation include a grade of "C" or higher in all Departmental courses (prefixes of HEA, PED, and REC); an overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher; successful completion of required certification examinations, and other Department, Division, School, and University requirements.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for health and physical education majors include positions in public and private schools as health and physical education teachers, interscholastic coaches, or directors of intramural activities; in businesses as corporate health or fitness directors; in recreation centers as program directors, trainers, or instructors; in government agencies as education specialists; and in other settings related to health, physical fitness, and exercise science. Graduates may also pursue graduate study in a variety of fields such as exercise science, physical therapy, physical education, health education, or educational administration. The Department has an impressive track record of students finding employment and entering prestigious graduate schools.

Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Scholarships are awarded for qualifying students through the University Scholarship Program. These include Presidential Scholars, Academic Achievers, and various Departmental scholarships as obtained through grants, projects, internships, Army and Navy scholarships, government agencies, industry, and other organizations. Information on other sources of financial assistance (e.g., Pell Grant, Work-Study, Federal Direct Loan Programs, etc.) is available through the University Financial Aid Office.


The Department is accredited by the Department of Education of the state of Virginia, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

For more information on our curriculum, please see our Curriculum Outline.
The Health endorsement offered through the Department consists of the following courses:

  • HEA 203 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • HEA 204 - School Health Issues
  • HEA 550 - Sexuality Education
  • EDU 323 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Health

Admission Requirements

Upon the completion of 45 credit hours at Hampton University, each student must apply for acceptance into the Department of Education. Acceptance into the Department of Education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA, completion of Praxis I and two letters of recommendation from faculty. In order to remain in the Professional Preparation track, the student must maintain the 2.5 GPA throughout remainder of the program.

Other Requirements

  • Purchase a majors uniform
  • Become members of both the state and national professional associations.

*The state association: The Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
*The national association: The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

*Students are encouraged to attend and make presentations at the annual meetings of these associations.

B.S., Health & Physical Education Curriculum Outline
Effective Fall 2014 for New Majors

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year
ENG 101 Written Communication I 3 ENG 102 Written Communication II 3
MAT 110 (or higher) College Mathematics II (or higher) 3 SOC 205 Introduction to Sociology 3
HIS 106 World Civilization II 3 HIS 106 World Civ. I / Afr. Amer. History 3
HEA 200 Health Education 2 BIO 103 General Biology 4
UNV 101 Individual & Life 1 HUM 201 Humanities I 3
COM 103 Oral Communication 3
15 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sophomore Year
PED 202 Move. Forms: Sports Skills 2 HEA 204 School Health 3
PSY 203 Psychology 3 EDU 200 Foundations of Education 3
PED 203 Move. Forms: Games/Coop. 2 HEA 211 First Aid, CPR, & Safety 3
PED 221 Found. Health & Phys. Ed. 2 BIO 336 Human Physiology 3
PED 214 Move. Forms: Rhythms/Dance 2 HEA/PED elec § Health/Phys. Ed. Elective § 3
PED 230 Phys. Educ. for Diverse Pops. 3 PED (swim) Physical Activity – Swimming 1
PED (swim) Physical Activity – Swimming 1
15 16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Junior Year
PED 301 Motor Develop. & Learning 3 PED 365 Exercise Science & Fitness 3
PED 306 Kinesiology 3 HEA 323 Health Ed. Methodology. 3
EDU 371 Phys. Ed. Curric. & Instruc. 3 EDU 324 Test and Measurement 2
EDU 314 Reading in the Content Area 3 EDU 550 Teach. & Learn. w Technol. 3
EDU 302 Human Growth & Develop. 3 HEA/PED elec § Health/Phys. Ed. Elective § 3
PED Physical Activity 1
15 15
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Senior Year
PED 427 Physiology of Exercise 3 EDU 440 Student Teaching – Secondary 6
PED 407 Admin. of School Phys. Ed 2 EDU 441 Student Teaching – Elementary 6
EDU 438 Directed Practicum 2
EDU 517 Classroom & Behavior Mgmt. 3
HEA 550 Sexuality Education 3
HEA/PED elec § Health/Phys. Ed. Elective § 3
16 12
Total Credit Hours – 120

§ Health & Physical Education electives may be selected from any HEA or PED course. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, the following courses: HEA 203 – Advanced Concepts of Health, HEA 309 – Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries, HEA 218 – Current Issues in Health & Safety Education, PED 360 – Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, PED 364 – Race and Gender in Sport, PED 405 – Theory & Techniques of Coaching, and many others. Students also are encouraged to consider a concentration, such as Aquatics or Dance Arts, leading to an add-on endorsement.

Justification: The last semester credit hours are less than 15 due to state regulations for licensure in the area of Health and Physical Education in the state of Virginia. The following link lists the guidelines for the state of Virginia regarding licensure: