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A PE Teacher, with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, instructing young students who are stretching.

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

If you’re interested in helping others learn how to live healthier lives, our physical education certification program is for you! As you build a strong academic foundation through your health and physical education major, you’ll learn a variety of essential skills and strategies in the field, as well as experience the opportunity to expand your technology and communication skills. By the time you walk across the stage at graduation, you’ll be eligible for teacher certification in both health and physical education, including pre-school to twelfth grade.

Our experienced faculty members will help you tailor a program of study unique to your interests with content-specific courses. In addition to your classroom studies, you’ll spend a semester on-site in a local school system under the guidance of a professional PE teacher. Because of the rich P-12 partnerships that UC has, they can help you maximize your clinical experiences and provide you with valuable relationships for seeking employment.

What can I do with a health & physical education degree?

After earning your bachelor’s degree in physical education, you will be prepared to begin your teaching career in grades P-12 or continue your studies in graduate school. Career options include*:

  • Gym teacher
  • Recreation and fitness studies teacher
  • Coach or scout
  • Fitness trainer
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Wellness program director
  • Worksite health promotion manager
  • Recreational director for a YMCA
  • Parks and Recreation activity director
  • Fitness instructor

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


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 

If you are looking for a physical education school look no further than University of the Cumberlands.  Fill out the form on this page and an admissions counselor will help you learn how invest in yourself and the health of your community. Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities and more!


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A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.

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 The School of Education at University of the Cumberlands complies with all CAEP standards across programs at the initial and advanced levels.
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