Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education (P-12 Certification)

If you are interested in teaching others how to improve and maintain their health and fitness, a health and physical education major will prepare you for your chosen career or for graduate studies. As you earn your bachelor’s degree in physical education, you will be eligible for teacher certification in both health and physical education.

While earning your health and physical education degree at Cumberlands, you will study with caring, experienced faculty members who can help you tailor a program of study unique to your interests. Diverse content-specific and education course offerings, as well as clinical field experience, expose students to the opportunities available in the field of health and physical education.

As you build a strong academic foundation through this health and physical education major, you will learn a variety of skills and strategies necessary for you to help individuals live healthier lives, including the use of technology and communication skills.

In addition to your classroom studies, you’ll spend a semester on-site in a local school system, under the guidance of a working professional. Faculty members from the School of Education will help you plan your teaching experience and will coordinate the supervision of your work.

After earning your bachelor’s degree in physical education, you will be prepared to continue your studies in graduate school or begin your teaching career, working to improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting health and fitness.

What Can I Do With This Health and Physical Education Degree?

  • Health and Physical Education Teacher for Grades P-12
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Wellness Program Director
  • Worksite Health Promotion Manager
  • Recreational Director at YMCA
  • Parks and Recreation Activity Director

*** Certification or additional training may be necessary for some positions