The 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.
High Point University is proud of its graduates. In the last five years, the School of Education has graduated more than 300 students in teacher education and 150 graduate students who have gone on to become classroom teachers and school principals, thereby impacting the lives of thousands of school-aged children. Recent graduates from High Point University’s School of Education have received many honors and distinctions including:
- NC District Teachers of the Year
- NC District Rookie Teachers of the Year
- NC District Principals of the Year
- Teacher Assistants of the Year
Featured Graduate Profile:
||Haley Ruehle, ’14 – K-5 Health and P.E. teacher at Central Academy at Lake Park in Indian Trail, N.C.
“HPU has provided me with the necessary tools and skills to be able to find a job as a teacher. The countless hours of working on resumes, attending professional conferences and being surrounded by professors and faculty who really cared about my success helped me get to where I am in my post-grad life. “
The Department of Professional Education and Leadership Studies offers the B.A. degree in Health and Physical Education. To graduate from High Point University with this degree, students must complete the following:
B.A. in Health and Physical Education
|University Core Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in Health and Physical Education (41 credits):
A major in Health and Physical Education will qualify a student for licensure (K-12). Click here for the Program of Study.
- EDU 1200. Introduction to Teaching (1)*
- EDU 2100. The Nature of the Learner (4)*
- EDU 2110. Introduction to Educational Technology (2)*
- EDU 2200. The 21st Century Classroom (4)*
- EDU 3100. Collaboration in Gen Ed Classrooms (4)
- EDU 3110. Educational Technology for Teachers (2)
- EDU 3280. Literacy in the Content Areas (4)
- EDU 4008. Technology Integrated assessment for Middle, Secondary, and Special Students (2)
- EDU 4166. Using Data to Assess Student Impact in K-12 Classrooms (2)
- EDU 4173. Methods Teaching Health & Physical Education K-12 (4)
- EDU 4174. Internship I: Instructional Practices in the Special Subjects (2)
- EDU 4200. Multicultural Education in a Diverse Society (4) (Approved as meeting one of the two courses required for Social Sciences in Area II for Special Subjects and Secondary Teacher Education majors ONLY.)
- EDU 4270. Internship II: Teachers as Leaders (8)
- EDU 4280. Classroom and Behavioral Management (2)
- HED 1200. Nutrition & Healthy Living (4)
- HED 2100. Prevention & Substance Abuse (2)
- HED 2200. Human Sexuality & Relationships (4)
- HED 3100. Contemporary Health Issues I (2)
- PEC 1331. Social Dance (1)
- PEC 2100. Motor Development & Learning (2)
- PEC 2101. Team Sports: Skill Development & Analysis (4)
- PEC 2201. Individual Sports: Skill Development & Analysis (4)
- PEC 3100. Trends & Issues of Teaching Elementary Physical Education (4)
- PEC 3101. The Application of Physical Education in the Elementary Setting (4)
- PEC 3200. Trends & Issues Adolescent P.E. (4)
- PEC 3201. Adolescent Motor Development & Assessment (2)
- PEC 4210. Coaching & Field Experience I (2)
*These courses are prerequisites for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
- BIO 1120. The Human Body and Exercise (4)