Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Physical Education and Health P-12, BAEd
What is the study of Physical Education and Health P-12?
The study of Physical Education and Health involves courses in Kinesiology, Behavioral and Cultural Foundations, Health Education, Physical Education pedagogy, and educational foundations. These courses prepare individuals to effectively teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students motor skills and movement patterns; develop their understanding of movement concepts, skills, and strategies; and facilitate students’ knowledge of health related concepts related to lifelong fitness and health.
The Physical Education and Health P-12 major must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Woodring College of Education.
*84 credits in Physical Education and Health content area; 47 credits from the Secondary Education program including the student teaching internship.
This major leads to an endorsement in health and fitness for grades P-12. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
This major provides concentrated study of Physical and Health Education. Completion of requirements leads to Teacher Certification in P-12 Physical Education and Health (Health and Fitness). The program is unique in that it consists of four sequential five-credit blocks in Physical Education pedagogy with practicum experiences at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels in diverse teaching environments, allowing students concentrated time to develop teaching strategies while working with children and adolescents in the school based setting.
"Western Washington University Physical Education and Health and Kinesiology Department program is intended to prepare highly qualified and determined students to become professional educators, and through my experience it has done much more than this. Not only has it helped me build an outstanding professional background, but I have found a network of friends and mentors, is has helped me become confident in my future career choice, and has provided a tremendous amount of valuable information. I came from a small town known as Kotlik, Alaska, went to a boarding high school in Sitka, Alaska, and entered WWU unsure of becoming an educator. Now that I am graduating June 2011, I am extremely honored to have been a part of the program."
- Nicole Akaran, Student
- P-12 Physical Education Teacher
- Health Education Teacher