Physical Education at South Carolina

It’s more important than ever to expose children to the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Your passion for sports, physical fitness and personal health can impact the quality of life for your students into adulthood.

What to Expect

As a physical education major, you will learn how individuals learn and develop and how to provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. You will also develop knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.

You will learn how to plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national standards. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working in a K-12 school setting throughout your time at Carolina.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Physical Education

Beyond the core curriculum through the College of Education, the course work for physical education begins with classes in biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology.

The following courses fulfill the education core for a bachelor's degree in physical education:

  • Introduction to the Description and Analysis of Human Movement
  • Philosophy and Principles of Physical Education
  • Motor Learning in Physical Education
  • Teaching Health Related Physical Fitness
  • Observational Analysis of Sports Techniques and Tactics
  • American Coaching Effectiveness Program

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Education offers two graduate-level programs including a Master of Art in Teaching, intended for students looking for a "second career" in education, and a Ph.D. program:

M  Master of Arts in Teaching in Physical Education (M.A.T.)

For more information contact the College of Education at coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-6732.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

D  Ph.D. in Physical Education

For more information contact the College of Education at coestudy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-6732.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.