B.S. in Health and Human Performance (Physical Education & School Health, Teacher Preparation)

The Bachelor of Science in Health & Human Performance with a concentration in Health & Physical Education Teacher Preparation consists of 31 credit hours in the Health & Human Performance core courses, with additional 23 credit hours in Physical Education, 7 credit hours in Teacher Education core, and 22 credit hours in Health Education.

The core provides students with a background in the social, physiological and historical knowledge needed for specialized study in health and physical education. The track enables students to develop the professional knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective professionals in teaching and related fields. Extensive school-based fieldwork experiences are integrated into the curriculum.

The goal of the degree program is to assist students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and dispositions to become effective and committed health and physical education teachers.

Students who complete this program may become certified to teach after completing Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Samantha Pitts

The Physical Education and Health Program at UofL was a very supportive environment with great resources and opportunities. The courses were very thorough and challenged each student to really work on increasing their skill set. They encouraged us to create a culture of respect for Health and Physical Education by having rigorous lesson plans and including higher-level learning. Best of all the professors are on your side and they do everything they can to assist you in any way. You will graduate with a whole new family by your side.

- Samantha Pitts, Physical and Health Educator, Central High School

Certification

The BS degree in Health and Human Performance helps provide students with the prerequisite knowledge, skills and dispositions to enter the teacher education program (PK-12 certification in health and physical education) in the MAT in Physical Education which is accredited by KDE and NCATE.

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Degree Requirements

Detailed course requirements for completing the BS-HHP (PET), including courses specific to the track, are contained in the UofL Undergraduate Catalog (page 520).

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the University of Louisville.

For admission in good standing, prospective students applying with fewer than 24 earned credit hours at the college level must submit all of the following:

  • Official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Official ACT composite score of 21 or above
  • Official transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 for all college credit earned

For conditional admission, prospective students must submit one of the following:

  • Official high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA between 2.25-2.49
  • Official ACT score with a composite score between 16 and 20
  • Official transcripts with a cumulative GPA between 2.00-2.24 for all college credit earned

Contact

Dr. Carla Vidoni, Program Director
Department of Health and Sport Sciences
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY – 40292
Email: carla.vidoni@louisville.edu
Phone: 502-852-8844

Health & Physical Education Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

Students who graduate from the B.S. in Health and Human Performance (HHP) with a track in Physical Education & School Health with Teacher Preparation typically choose to enter the MAT program to complete their teacher certification in PK-12 Physical Education & School Health.

Physical Education and School Health students who have completed the MAT program have consistently secured jobs as physical educators or health educators in a variety of schools in Jefferson Co. Public Schools, Oldham Co. Public Schools, and Bullitt Co. Public Schools. Some students have acquired teaching positions in private schools, and others in different states. Teaching in a different state requires verification of equivalency of Kentucky teacher certification in the chosen state.

Students who choose not to enroll in the MAT program frequently assume careers with youth sport organizations, and sport and fitness agencies such as YMCAs, or become high school or college coaches.

Our alumni remain connected to the program as cooperating or mentoring teachers, program instructors, guest speakers in our courses, and also as research collaborators.

Bruce Oldham

The UofL PE and Health program did a great job preparing us to teach PE and Health to all students. The program is built around meaningful experiences that help us to teach our students. Countless hours are spent in the schools observing and teaching K-12 students with qualified PE and Health teachers. It was also great to be supported and to know that the faculty and staff truly care about their students and our futures.

- Bruce Oldham, Chancey Elementary School, Physical Education Teacher, Graduated in 2013
Mary Wurst

The program prepares you for all aspects of teaching. From the classroom to professional development, you leave well-equipped to meet the challenges of the profession.

- Ginger Smith, Doss High School, Health Educator, Graduate in 2015

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University of Louisville's Financial Aid office, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include student employment opportunities.