B.Ed Kinesiology & Physical Education

B.Ed. Major in Kinesiology and Physical Education with Teacher Certification

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The Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology & Physical Education curriculum prepares students for Washington State Certification to teach health and fitness at the elementary or secondary levels in schools. This certification is also widely accepted by other states throughout the country. With a strong liberal arts core, courses from the Kinesiology & Physical Education program and course work in education from the Department of Teacher Education, students master skills for entry into the teaching profession in K-12 schools, and they oftentimes will coach a sport at their school. The major also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in physical education (pedagogy or administration).


B.Ed. Major in Kinesiology and Physical Education: Fitness Specialist

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Students not interested in a teaching certification who wish to pursue careers in the fitness industry can complete a major in Kinesiology & Physical Education along with an additional 16-credit Fitness Specialist Concentration. This option is designed for individuals interested in working in a fitness environment as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, fitness club programmer, or even as a group activity instructor. Students interested in this path would complete courses in the Kinesiology & Physical Education program, but instead of seeking teacher certification they would take classes in this concentration. Students are prepared to take any of the nationally recognized certification tests in health and fitness. Students in this area are prepared to work with all ages to improve health and fitness in various settings such as communities, with athletic teams, after school fitness programs, and fitness centers.


B.Ed. Major in Kinesiology and Physical Education: Non-Certification

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Students may also pursue a major in Physical Education without teacher certification or the Fitness Specialist concentration. This may be a desirable option for those who plan to coach or work within recreational settings.