Physical Education (BS) - P-12 Teacher Certification

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
Select General Education Requirements49-54
Major Requirements
Professional Studies
A. Complete the following:
EDM 310Microcomputing Systems3
EDU 400Edu Except Child and Youth3
EPY 351Human Growth & Development3
HS 361School Comm Health-Impl Curric3
HS 429School Lab Experiences-Health (see footnote table below) 10
KIN 429School Lab Experience-PE (see footnote table below) 10
KIN 452Methods of Teaching PE-W (see footnote table below) 13
KIN 470Student Teaching P-12 Program (see footnote table below) 16
ST 210Stat Reason and Application3
Teaching Field
A. Select one from the following:4
Introduction to A & P I
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
HS 170First Aid1
KIN 263Intro to Nutrition3
HS 362Drug Education3
HS 460Methods in Health Ed - W3
KIN 166Movement-Rhythms and Dev Act3
KIN 201Orientation to Kinesiology3
KIN 282Intro to Athletic Training3
KIN 351Sports Skills3
KIN 370Basic Motor Learning3
KIN 380Kinesiology3
KIN 461PE for Atypical Child-Youth3
KIN 475Org-Admin Hlth and PE-W3
KIN 476Exercise Physiology3
KIN 478Coaching Theory3
Minor Requirements
A minor is not required for this degree program0
Total Hours117-122



Requires admission to Candidacy as a prerequisite.

General Education Requirements

Area I – Written Composition
A. Complete the following:
EH 101English Composition I3
B. Complete the following:
EH 102English Composition II3
Area II – Humanities & Fine Arts see footnote table below 1
A. Complete the following:
CA 110Public Speaking3
B. Select one of the following:3
Brit Lit before 1785
Brit Lit after 1785
Am Lit before 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit before 1650
World Lit after 1650
C. Select one of the following:3
Survey of Art
Art History I
Art History II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Music
D. Select three hours of the following:3
Intro to African Amer Studies
Survey of Art
Art History I
Art History II
Art Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Brit Lit before 1785
Brit Lit after 1785
Am Lit before 1865
Am Lit after 1865
World Lit before 1650
World Lit after 1650
Introductory Latin I
Introductory Latin II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory Chinese I
Introductory Chinese II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intro Classical Greek I
Intro Classical Greek II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Accelerated Intro German
Introductory Russian I
Introductory Russian II
Accelerated Intro Russian
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Accelerated Inter French - H
Intermediate Chinese I
Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Inter Spanish Accel -H
Interm Classical Greek I
Interm Classical Greek II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Russian I
Intermediate Russian II
Intensive Second Year Russian
Introductory Japanese I
Introductory Japanese II
Introductory Arabic I
Introductory Arabic II
Intro American Sign Language I
Intro American Sign Lang II
Introductory Korean I
Introductory Korean II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate ASL I
Intermediate ASL II
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Ethics
Social Ethics
Western Philosophy: Classical
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Survey of the New Testament
Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics
A. Select 3-4 hours from the following:3-4
Finite Mathematics
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Precal Algebra-Trigonometry
Calculus and Its Applications
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Linear Algebra I
Differential Equations I
B. Select 8-10 hours from the following:8-10
Life Science I
and Life Science I Laboratory
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Life Science II
and Life Science II Lab
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
Survey of Inorg and Org Chem
and Survey Inorg-Org Chem Lab
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Environmental Geography
and Environmental Geography Lab
Earth and the Environment
and Earth and the Environment Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Earth History
and Earth History Lab
Introduction to Astronomy
and Introduction to Astronomy Lab
Concepts of Physics
and Concepts of Physics Laboratory
Physics with Algebra-Trig I
and Alg-Trig Based Physics I Lab
Physics with Algebra -Trig II
and Alg-Trig Based Physics II Lab
Calculus-Based Physics I
and Calculus-Based Physics I Lab
Calculus-Based Physics II
and Calculus-Based Physics II Lab
Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences see footnote table below 1
A. Select one of the following:3
HY of Western Civilization I
HY of Western Civilization II
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
B. Select three of the following:9
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Intro Archaeology-Bio Anthro
Prin of Microeconomics
Prin of Macroeconomics
People, Places, Environment
World Regional Geography
HY of Western Civilization I
HY of Western Civilization II
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
Intro to US Government
Introduction to Psychology
Life Span Development
Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Area V
A. Complete the following:
HS 262Personal Health3
KIN 100Concepts of Health and Fitness3
PE 106Gymnastics1
B. Select 1-3 hours from the following:1-3
Beginning Swimming
Intermediate Swimming
ARC Lifeguard Training
Water Safety Instructor
Total Hours49-54



Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 121 & HY 122 or HY 135 & HY 136).

Additional Information

E-portfolio and Assessment

Students enrolled in education classes are required to purchase a LiveText membership.

Teacher Candidacy – Physical Education

This major contains a professional component comprised of upper level courses (300-400 levels), as shown on the graduation plan, and are only available to students who have gained admission to Teacher Candidacy.

Admission Requirements for Teacher Candidacy:

Courses and GPA

ALSDE Background Check

Application, Liability Insurance, and Interview

  • Completed and scheduled in the UCOM Advising Center during the semester prior to beginning Teacher Candidacy

Prerequisites and Certification/Graduation Requirements:

  • While in Teacher Candidacy, students must maintain GPAs at or above admission requirement levels
  • Prior to Internship, students must pass the Health and Physical Education Praxis tests
  • Prior to certification and graduation, students must pass edTPA

Note: Praxis tests requirements are subject to change as prescribed by the ALSDE. Prior to registering for any Praxis exam, please verify current requirements by going directly to the ALABAMA portion of the ETS Praxis website at

Graduation Plan

(120 Total Hours)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
EH 101 English Composition I (CP) 3
HS 170 First Aid (CP) 1
HS 262 Personal Health (CP) 3
KIN 100 Concepts of Health and Fitness (CP) 3
MathArea III, A 1 3
Fine ArtsArea II, C 1 3
EH 102 English Composition II (CP) 3
KIN 166 Movement-Rhythms and Dev Act (CP) 3
HistoryArea IV, A 1 3
BLY 101 Life Science I (Area III, B) 1 3
BLY 101L Life Science I Laboratory (Area III, B) 1 1
KIN 201 Orientation to Kinesiology 3
Second Year
EDM 310 Microcomputing Systems (CP) 3
CA 110 Public Speaking (CP) 3
Social & Behavioral SciencesArea IV, B 1 3
ScienceArea III, B 1 3
Science LabArea III, B 1 1
LiteratureArea II, B 1 3
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to A & P I
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
EDU 400 Edu Except Child and Youth (CP) 3
EPY 351 Human Growth & Development (CP) 3
KIN 263 Intro to Nutrition 3
KIN 351 Sports Skills 3
Third Year
ST 210 Stat Reason and Application 3
KIN 476 Exercise Physiology 3
HS 361 School Comm Health-Impl Curric 3
Social & Behavioral SciencesArea IV, B 1 3
PE 106 Gymnastics 1
PE 130 Beginning Swimming (Area V, B) 3 1
KIN 380 Kinesiology 3
HS 429 School Lab Experiences-Health 2 0
HS 460 Methods in Health Ed - W 2 3
Humanities & Fine ArtsArea II, C 1 3
KIN 370 Basic Motor Learning 3
KIN 461 PE for Atypical Child-Youth 3
KIN 478 Coaching Theory 3
Fourth Year
HS 362 Drug Education 3
KIN 282 Intro to Athletic Training 3
KIN 429 School Lab Experience-PE 2 0
KIN 452 Methods of Teaching PE-W 2 3
Social & Behavioral SciencesArea IV, B 1 3
KIN 475 Org-Admin Hlth and PE-W 3
KIN 470 Student Teaching P-12 Program 2 9
 Total Hours120

See General Education Requirements


Required for admission to Candidacy


Recommended Course


  • (CP) Candidacy Prerequisite
  • (W) Writing-Intensive Course