Physical Education Degree

Our degree provides you the opportunity to become certified to teach Physical Education in public schools. This certification is an all-level certification (Early Childhood-Grade 12). No minor is required for this degree program.

Students in this course have the opportunity to earn certifications in Hunting Education, Boating Education & Bowhunting Education through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Students also complete a full-time, 1-semester student teaching experience.

Students are not required to major in Physical Education to become a coach in public schools. Students may obtain teacher certification in any field (and may find other fields increase employment opportunities). Critical-shortage teaching fields include science, mathematics & foreign languages.

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Robert E Moore Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Robert Moore

Professor of Fitness and Sport Sciences, Advisor to Physical Education Undergraduate Program

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  • Physical Education EC-12 (B.S.H.S.)


  • Coaching Minor

Why Study Physical Education at HSU?

Physical Education students training and lifting weights

Real-World Experience

During the Physical Activities for Children course, HSU students lead physical education-type activities with local home-schooled students on the HSU campus.

Athletic Training students in class

Excellent Preparation

HSU PE graduates have a first-time pass rate of 100% on the state teaching certification examination in the last 3 years.

stand alone Precore eliptical machines

Fitness and Sports

Students in the Physical Education program get to use the knowledge learned in the classroom regarding fitness and sports at HSU's brand new, state-of-the-art, Fitness Center facility that includes cardio and strength training equipment, multi-sport courts, and outdoor training areas.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

The degree requirements also include completing our Outdoor Education Activities course.

Our graduates are prepared to take their teacher certification examinations, and once they’ve achieved certification they can become elementary, middle school, or high school Physical Education teachers. HSU PE graduates have a first-time pass rate of 100% on the state teaching certification examination in the last 3 years.

Students majoring in Physical Education, Athletic Training, or Fitness, Recreation & Sports Management cannot minor in Coaching. This minor is only for HSU students in majors outside of the Department of Athletic Training Education.

The Coaching minor is for students who want to take courses which will enhance their ability to coach sports. Many students who take the Coaching minor are obtaining teacher certifications in programs other than Physical Education, such as English, History, Math, and Social Science.

Required Courses for Coaching Minor

  • FSSC 2303 – Sport First Aid
  • FSSC 3313 – Kinesiology
  • FSSC 3314 – Physiology of Exercise
  • FSSC 4333 – Theory & Psychological Aspects of Coaching & Sports

Choose 2 of:

  • FSSC 3320 – Coaching Individual Sports
  • FSSC 3321 – Coaching Team Sports
  • FSSC 3303 – Teaching Swimming & Water Safety
  • FSSC 3360 – Instruction of Strength Training & Conditioning

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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