B.S. in Health & Physical Education – P-12 Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Science in Health & Human Performance (HHP) offers an opportunity to become a Health & Physical Education P-12 teacher.

General Education Courses The HHP core course provides students with a background in the social, physiological and historical knowledge needed for specialized study in health and physical education.

Pre-Professional Courses enables students to develop the content knowledge, skills and dispositions to necessary to be admitted in the Initial Teacher Certification Program.

Professional courses assist students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and dispositions to become effective and committed health and physical education teachers. These course required extensive hours in field experience and student teaching.


Students who complete this program may become certified to teach after passing exit Praxis tests: (a) PLT – Practices of Teaching & Learning, and (b) Physical Education Content & Design.

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


Degree Requirements

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

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


Dr. Carla Vidoni, Associate Professor and Program Director
Department of Health and Sport Sciences
SAC East, Suite 104C
Email: carla.vidoni@ouisville.edu
Phone: 502-852-8844

Health & Physical Education Faculty

Opportunities for Graduates

Health and Physical Education students who complete the Initial Teacher Certification 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, Nelson Co., 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.

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.