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Bachelor of Science in Education - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science in Education

Program Description

The B.S. Ed. Degree in Health and Physical Education prepares students to teach at all grade levels preschool through high school. This contemporary program is designed to meet all requirements of both the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and is fully accredited. The program of study is guided in part by the principles of the Interstate New Teacher and Support Consortium and the National Standards for Beginning Physical Education Teachers. Students are actively engaged in a variety of learning experiences in classrooms, labs, and public schools and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of physical activities while learning to teach others. The curriculum includes a general education core of 60 hours, required for all fields of study, and an additional 63 hours of professional studies.

Preparation to teach Health and Physical Education in the schools is dynamic. Students are enrolled in classes designed to develop sport skills and knowledge in a variety of physical activities. Extensive laboratory experiences include observations and teaching at all grade levels...preschool, elementary, middle level, and high school...a feature that sets the program apart from many others in the nation. Students are guided in the process of teacher development by a team consisting of local P-12 physical educators and university faculty. Post Baccalaureate and add-on certification options are available.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have found great success in obtaining teaching positions in health and physical education in area schools. Columbus State University graduates are employed as elementary, middle level, and high school physical education teachers and coaches, often with responsibilities for health instruction and the teaching of children with special needs. Graduates of the program are recognized as effective teachers who are committed to the teaching profession. They are also prepared to continue their professional growth through graduate study.

Admission Requirements

During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Application is made to the COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences. For additional information, go to

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Possess a strong knowledge base in the disciplines of health and physical education
  • Demonstrate competence in a variety of physical skills
  • Achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness
  • Apply and reflect on effective teaching behaviors to create positive learning environments in order to plan, implement and assess developmentally appropriate learning experiences and sound progression in P-12 settings and use technology when appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of students of varying ability levels, genders, and racial and cultural backgrounds

Additional Program Requirements

Following admission to the teacher education program, a review is conducted each semester to determine retention in the teacher education program.

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1112/1112L
GEOL 1121 (lab included)
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101
Select one world cultures course from the following courses:
ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3 
Must make a "C" or better:
PHED 1205

Select any 1000-level PEDS course or any PEDS course approved by department chair.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
Must make a "C" or better in each course:

BIOL 1216 Human Biology
EDUC 2110 Critical Issues in Education
EDUC 2120 Diversity in Educational Contexts
EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching
EXSC 2135 Functional Anatomy
PHED 2205 Introduction to Physical Education and Recreation

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 61 
Must make a "C" or better in each course:
Education Requirements, 17 Hrs
EDUF 4205 Integrating Technology
PHED 4000 Fitness Testing for Majors
PHED 4335 Assessment in Physical Education
PHED 5485 Student Teaching in Health and Physical Education
SPED 2256 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner in General Education

Health Area, 11 Hrs

HESC 2105 Personal Health
HESC 4107 Fund of School Health
HESC 5795 Habit-Forming Substances
PHED 4317 Health Related Fitness Education

Physical Educ Foundations, 12 Hrs
EXSC 4131 Basic Exercise Physiology
PEDS 2271 Skills/Concepts Phys Activ 1
PEDS 2272 Skills/Concepts Phys Activ 2
PHED 5215 Development of Motor Skills

Teaching Core, 21 Hrs

PHED 3217 Physical Educ - Elementary
PHED 3316 Teaching Dance
PHED 4215 Physical Educ - Middle Level
PHED 4245 Phys Activity Stu w/Disabil
PHED 4417 Teaching Practicum in Health
PHED 5216 Physical Educ - High School
PHED 5218 Teaching Health in P-8 Schools
PHED 5219 Teaching Health in High School

Effective fall 2015: "Candidates enrolled in initial teacher preparation programs are required to attempt all state-mandated assessments prior to program completion. Candidates will only be recommended for certification by CSU upon successful completion of all program requirements and state-mandated assessments." Emergency Care and First Aid Proficiency: All students must have current certifications in First Aid and CPR (including infant, child, and adult) at the time of application to student teaching. Those certifications must remain current and on file in the SAFE Office through the end of the student teaching term. Students may demonstrate this proficiency by attaining the appropriate certifications from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or by completing PHED 2345 Emergency Care and First Aid (1). Please note: The skills test for first aid and CPR cannot be taken online.

Total Hours Required: 124

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