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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580


The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education comprises three concentrations: Health and Physical Education, Physical Education Teacher Licensure and Human Movement Studies. Only the physical education teacher education and health and physical education concentrations lead to pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 teaching licensure in Ohio.

A combined Health and Physical Education concentration in the physical education major is available to students who are seeking Ohio teacher licensure in both areas. The program is designed to be completed in five years and can allow students to satisfy up to 12 credit hours of program requirements with graduate courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for the pre-K-12 teacher licensing examinations.

The Physical Education Teacher Licensure program is a four year program for students who are seeking Ohio teacher licensure in physical education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the pre-K-12 teacher licensing examinations. The program includes multiple field experiences in a variety of school districts, followed by a full semester of student teaching.

The Human Movement Studies (HMS) concentration is anchored by the notion that the study of human movement is important in and of itself, as movement is a central biological and social phenomenon. The HMS concentration shares the core course requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Students extend their area of study outside physical education through the selection of a minor. Popular minors include Athletic Coaching, Sport Administration, Sport Medicine, Recreation Management, Park Management, Event Planning and Community Health Education. However a minor can be selected from any offered at Kent State. Consultation with a faculty advisor is recommended in the selection of the minor. The HMS concentration provides students with the opportunity to design their educational experience by developing an individualized program of study.

Career Opportunities

The Health and Physical Education and Physical Education licensure concentrations prepare students for a career in teaching physical education. These concentrations prepare students to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators (in Physical Education), successful completion of which with lead to the granting of a teaching license. Many states have reciprocal agreements with Ohio, and so these concentrations can lead to a teaching career nationwide. Kent State University Physical Education graduates are generally successful in the job market, both in and out of the state of Ohio. Graduates from the Human Movement Studies concentration will seek employment in many different areas, their choice often related to the selected minor. Career options include, but are not limited to, coaching, youth sport and leadership, recreation facilities, and the leisure industry.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted to this program each academic year. A minimum ACT composite score of 21 (980 SAT combined critical reading and math score) OR a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average and all 16 of the recommended college preparatory units is required. Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study and have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA in all previous undergraduate coursework. Because of the instituted enrollment management plan, meeting the above requirements does not automatically provide students admittance to the early childhood education major. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based upon the number of available student spaces, students’ standardized test scores, essay, interview and cumulative GPA. Students should contact the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire into the procedures associated with admission to advanced study and selective admission to the early childhood education program. Students transferring from another university should meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall at least one semester prior to transferring.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours required in the Human Movement Studies concentration and the Physical Education Licensure concentration. Minimum 159 credit hours required in the Health and Physical Education concentration. All concentrations require a minimum of 39 upper-division credit hours.

Grade point average requirements vary by concentration. Minimum 2.750 GPA in major and minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA for the Health and Physical Education concentration and the Physical Education Licensure. Minimum 2.250 GPA in major and minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA for the Human Movement Studies concentration.

Students in the Physical Education Licensure and the Health and Physical Education concentrations need to provide evidence of certification in First Aid, CPR and a minimum equivalence to level 5 competency in Red Cross swimming.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

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