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Health and Physical Education

PE_group_picThe education program at High Point University has long been recognized for its excellence throughout North Carolina and the eastern United States. Our program is based within the liberal arts tradition; it is rigorous, field-centered and highly personalized. The teacher education programs at High Point University meet the requirements of both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health and Physical Education leads to licensure to teach health and physical education in grades K-12.  Undergraduate courses focus on nutrition, health issues, motor development, individual and team sports skill development and analyses. Emphasis is placed on the application of methodologies to the elementary and middle/secondary settings. The major in Health/Physical Education requires 41 hours of coursework in teacher education. Minors in Health Education and Athletic Coaching are also available.

A Focused Curriculum

High Point University’s Education Program provides students with the chance to become closely involved in local schools. As a result, our students are engaged in many pre-professional activities such as literacy and technology tutoring, mentoring and assisting with small group and whole class instruction beginning their freshman year. All fieldwork experiences are carefully structured and supervised by faculty in the School of Education so that our students are challenged to grow in their knowledge, skills and dispositions.

All students who are admitted to the teacher education program take courses in child development, classroom management, technology, assessment and highly specialized integrated methodology courses needed to interact, instruct and engage today’s 21st century student. This reflects the School of Education’s commitment toward providing a program of study that exemplifies “best practices” in teacher education. Each student’s required coursework culminates in a full-time student teaching internship, which is typically completed during the senior year.

Faculty members bring a wealth of experience and maintain professional affiliations within their fields of study by conducting research, presenting at professional conferences and serving on numerous educational boards at the local, state and national level. All faculty members in the School of Education have held roles in the public schools including classroom teachers, principals, program administrators and school psychologists.


Program Goals

Goal 1:  That prospective K-12 Health/Physical Education teachers will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to assume the roles and responsibilities for educators in the 21st century.

  • To develop the skills needed to engage in collaborative and collegial professional learning activities.
  • To demonstrate high ethical standards by upholding the School of Education’s Code of Professional and Ethical Behaviors, the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and the Standards for Professional Conduct.

Goal 2:  That prospective K-12 Health/Physical Education teachers will develop the skills necessary to establish a respectful environment for diverse students.

  • To learn how to use materials or lessons that counteract stereotypes and incorporates different points of view in instruction.
  • To develop the skills to work with specialists to support the learning needs of all students.

Goal 3:  That prospective K-12 Health/Physical Education teachers will demonstrate knowledge in the content they teach.

  • To develop the content knowledge needed to teach fitness and nutrition concepts to reduce and prevent obesity.
  • To develop the content knowledge needed for developing and implanting effective practices that foster health literacy.
  • To develop the content knowledge to effectively teach safe and appropriate motor skills, movement forms, multiple sports, and physical activities.

Goal 4:  That prospective K-12 Health/Physical Education teachers will develop the knowledge and skills to facilitate student learning.

  • To develop and apply lessons based on the Common Core State and Essential Standards in the areas of Health/Physical Education.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and disposition to effectively teach safe and appropriate motor skills, movement forms, multiple sports, and physical activities.
  • To learn how to provide instruction that reinforces the process strategies for critical thinking and problem solving.
  • To learn how to incorporate instructional strategies designed to facilitate student cooperation, collaboration and learning.

Goal 5:  That prospective K-12 Health/Physical Education teachers will develop the skills necessary to reflect on their practices by analyzing student learning and applying this information to improve teaching.

  • To acquire the knowledge and skills to use appropriate data to develop classroom and instructional plans.
  • To develop an awareness of the elements of a school improvement plan and how to use data to identify areas of need within that plan.
  • To develop the skills needed to use both formative and summative assessment data to monitor, evaluate, and inform instruction.