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Physical Education and School Health Major, BS

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Program Director
Hedi Henschel Pellett, EdD

This major satisfies the Washington State endorsement for K-12 health/fitness.

Admission Description and Requirements
Students may enter the physical education and school major in either the fall or winter quarters. Students planning to enter this dynamic and innovative pedagogically oriented program need to meet with the program director prior to admission. This program coupled with teacher education requirements is designed to satisfy the Washington State Teaching Endorsement requirements to teach K-12 health and fitness. The following additional requirements also apply:

  • Classes in this major are organized over six consecutive quarters and must be taken in sequence.
  • Students who receive less than a C grade in any class that is a prerequisite for others will not be permitted to continue in the major.
  • Students taking this major who plan to teach in Washington State public schools are required to complete the Professional Education Program requirements offered through the Teacher Preparation program in the College of Education and Professional Studies.
  • Students may also graduate with a nonteaching BS degree in physical education and school health.
  • All students must complete a professional portfolio prior to beginning student teaching. Non-teaching majors must complete the portfolio prior to graduation.
  • Professional dress requirements apply to many classes in this major. Students must comply with these requirements to participate in the program.

See the physical education, school, and public health website for more information: www.cwu.edu/~pesph. For the major application procedure, contact the physical education and school health program director.


Required Courses

  • EMS 245 - First Aid - Credits: (3)
  • EXSC 250 - Anatomical Kinesiology - Credits: (5)
  • EXSC 463 - Pediatric Issues in Exercise Science - Credits: (5)
  • HED 101 - Health Essentials - Credits: (4)
  • HED 210 - Drugs and Health - Credits: (3)
  • HED 326 - Human Diseases - Credits: (5)
  • HED 345 - School Health Curriculum/ Materials - Credits: (3)
  • HED 387 - Principles of Fitness and Stress Management - Credits: (3)
  • HED 422 - Methods for Health Promotion - Credits: (4)
  • HED 444 - Professionalism in the Schools - Credits: (2)
  • NUTR 101 - Introduction to Human Nutrition - Credits: (5)
  • PESH 280 - Foundations of Physical Education and School Health - Credits: (4)
  • PESH 335 - Practicum 1 - Credits: (1)
  • PESH 336 - Practicum 2 - Credits: (2)
  • PESH 341 - Characteristics of Effective Physical Education Teaching - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 342 - Developmental Movement - Credits: (4)
  • PESH 343 - Pedagogical Application of Teaching Styles and Systematic Reflection - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 344 - Applications of Technology in Teaching Fitness and PhysicalActivity - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 348 - Applications of the Fundamental Movements of Striking - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 350 - Propulsive and Receptive Skills and Sports - Credits: (4)
  • PESH 356 - Teaching Lifelong Physical Activity Pursuits - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 385 - Health and Physiological Fitness Concepts for Teachers - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 437 - Practicum III - Credits: (2)
  • PESH 438 - Practicum IV - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 445 - Curriculum Development and Assessment in Physical Education - Credits: (3)
  • PESH 456 - Facilitating and Leading Adventure Activities in the Schools - Credits: (2)

Core Total Credits: 85



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