Sport and Physical Education

Chairperson: Diane Tunnell

Bachelor of Education in Physical Education

Bachelor of Education in Sport Management

The Bachelor of Education in Physical Education curriculum primarily prepares students for Washington State Certification to teach health and physical education at the K-12 level in schools. This certification option has reciprocity with most states within the U.S. With a strong liberal arts core, courses from the Physical Education program, and coursework from the Department of Teacher Education, students master skills for entry into the teaching profession. The major also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in physical education (pedagogy or administration).

A minor in Physical Education is also available, as is a health and fitness endorsement for those students whose primary major lies in an area other than physical education. For a complete listing of courses required for teaching certification contact the Department Chair.

Students not interested in seeking teacher certification who wish to pursue careers in the fitness industry as personal trainers, fitness club programmers, fitness club managers or owners, or providers of fitness and health-related programming for individuals, groups, or corporations can complete the major in Physical Education, along with an additional 16-credit Fitness Specialist concentration, without completing the requirements for teacher certification. This concentration provides additional knowledge, skills, and hours from classes and internships to prepare for work in the fitness industry. Students will be qualified to sit for national certification exams in fitness specialties and to work as fitness professionals independently, in fitness clubs, and in community organizations that promote health and fitness.

The Bachelor of Education in Sport Management prepares students for entry level positions in sport-, fitness-, or health-related industry areas. This degree also prepares students for graduate studies in Athletic Administration, Sport Management, or related disciplines. It is strongly recommended that Sport Management majors pursue an advisor-approved minor such as business, communications, or other relevant specialty areas. During the past few years, these companies have hired our alumni, including Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Golden State Warriors (NBA), Portland Timbers (MLS), The University of Washington Athletics (NCAA), Colorado Rapids (MLS) Everett AquaSox (Minor League Baseball), Spokane Indians (Minor League Baseball), Idaho Stampede (D-League), and Slalom Consulting,

Activity Course Offering:  The Sport and Physical Education Department also offers a large number of activity courses (EDPE 101-189) which are open to students throughout the University. Activity courses may be repeated for credit.

Core Curriculum of the School of Education The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the School of Education consists of 47 credits which are common to and required of all undergraduate degree programs: the first 31 credits are from the University core; the remaining 16 credits are specific to the School of Education. Transfer students should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies core requirements.

University Core
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester)
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL elective
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one course from each level
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): MATH 100 level or above. Students pursuing teaching certification should consult their education advisor for a math course that will count toward certification and satisfy this core requirement.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106 School of Education Core
School of Education Core
  1. Fine Arts (3 credits): at least a total three credits in VART, MUSC, or THEA
  2. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, EXSC, or EDPE (Physical Education majors must take EDPE 376/EDPE 376L)
  3. Social Science (6 credits): A History course plus an elective from the following: ECON, SOCI, POLS, PSYC, HIST: as recommended by your education advisor
  4. Social Justice: Social Justice is a common component of all education coursework. This requirement can only be met by completing any course designated by the College of Arts & Sciences as a social justice course on Zagweb.