Bachelor of Arts in Health & Physical Education (B.A.Ed.)

Program Description

The B.A.Ed. in Health & Physical Education is a minimum of 123 semester hours. This degree program prepares candidates to become effective K-12 health and physical educators who use innovative and collaborative practices. As local, state, and national advocates, graduates will promote healthy and active lifestyles to foster health and wellbeing for future generations.

Health & Physical Education students will complete three phases. During Phase I, candidates will observe and teach in select classrooms to gain professional experiences alongside experienced educators and K-12 students. Phase II will consist of specialized coursework designed for the 21st century health and physical educator. During Phase III, students will serve as health and physical education teachers in both elementary and secondary settings and finish all requirements for the degree.

Teacher education candidates are required to observe and teach in selected classrooms, learning about effective teaching, developing professional dispositions, and working directly with practitioners and school students at varying grade and developmental levels. The Student Advising and Field Experience (SAFE) office works with school partners in establishing placement for these observations.

Program Highlights

  • A newly designed curriculum focused on the 21st century learner
  • A special education endorsement available with two extra courses
  • Authentic field experiences in diverse K-12 settings
  • Professional memberships and leadership opportunities in Health & Physical Education
  • Chance to lead professional development at the Mississippi Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conventions
  • Health and Physical Education majors may add a B.S. in Exercise Science with a 5th year degree option

Application Process

As a new UM undergraduate, you must complete the admissions process through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Supplemental Application

All students who apply to UM's Health & Physical Education major must also complete a supplemental application. An email will be sent by Admissions at the point of application that will provide a link to the supplemental application. The supplemental application will open July 1.

Students who wish to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year should contact Dr. Alicia Stapp.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 2.5 grade point average (entry admission for transfer students and change of major)
  • 2.75 grade point average (admission for Phase II: Teacher Education Program) and appropriate scores on either the ACT, SAT or CORE (More Info…). Must complete education courses with a "C" of better to move forward.

Career Opportunities

Candidates must take additional Praxis exams to qualify for licensure in Mississippi. Once licensed candidates will be highly qualified to teach Health Education grades K-6 and Physical Education grades K-12. For information on seeking licensure outside Mississippi, please review the Certification information.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The Health & Physical Education degree program will only be offered at the Oxford Campus.

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