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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Are you passionate about physical exercise? Do you dream of sharing that passion to inspire others to live active and healthy lives? If so, earning a physical education degree from Winston-Salem State University is one of the best decisions you can make to achieve your dreams of teaching physical education.

For over 50 years, our rigorous physical education degree program has provided aspiring physical education teachers with the skills and knowledge to excel in a wide variety of careers as trainers, coaches and educators. Thanks to our balanced combination of theory and hands-on experience, our physical education graduates are in high demand in North Carolina — and around the country.

Physical education options at Winston-Salem State University

Physical education is a diverse field, with many unique career paths that empower you to help others stay healthy. That’s why we offer three concentrations so you can build a course of study that aligns with your professional goals.

Our Physical Education Teacher concentration is perfect if you’re interested in obtaining licensure in North Carolina to teach children. Our Recreation and Youth Development concentrations prepare you to develop and implement safe and effective physical activity programs for people of all ages in various settings.

Earn Your Degree in Physical Education at Winston-Salem State University

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in physical education from WSSU, you’ll benefit from a high-quality educational experience built around our dedication to wellness and social justice for everyone. You’ll join a thriving community of students, faculty and alumni who share your passion for education and physical activity.

Get hands-on experience in physical education

Graduate with 150 hours of real-world experience through physical education internships in facilities that align with your career choice. You’ll also have many opportunities to serve your community through various volunteer programs that help you build a strong resume.

Experienced and industry-connected faculty

Thanks to small class sizes, you’ll receive attention and support from our dedicated physical education teachers who have years of experience both in college classrooms and in schools teaching children.

A physical education degree with community

Our physical education students develop meaningful, lifelong relationships with each other, as well as our faculty and members of their communities. Join our Physical Education Majors Club to participate in fun campus events and get to know your fellow physical education degree majors.

What You Can Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education

Physical education teachers work in a huge variety of settings, from schools and summer camps to healthcare facilities and sports agencies. Past physical education degree graduates have found rewarding careers as physical education teachers, coaches and youth development coordinators at recreation centers.

Our intensive program will also make you a competitive applicant for advanced physical education graduate programs, where you can continue honing your knowledge and skills.

With a physical education degree from WSSU, you’ll be prepared for many exciting careers, including:

Career outlook for physical education teachers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical education trainers and teachers is predicted to grow 39% percent over the next decade, about four times the national average for other occupations.

Explore Classes for the Physical Education Degree

As a physical education degree major at Winston-Salem State University, you’ll gain foundational knowledge and skills in topics including nutrition, exercise physiology and different types of physical activity. You’ll master the tools and techniques to become a skilled and effective physical education teacher.

Here are just some of the core courses you’ll take when you major in physical education at WSSU:

View the full physical education degree program requirements and course catalog.

Your Experience as a Physical Education Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

When you choose to earn your physical education degree at WSSU, you’ll become a vital member of our “Ramily” — a diverse community of students, faculty and staff committed to equity and making the world a better place for everyone. Learn about student life at WSSU, as well as opportunities to meet others and collaborate in student organizations and The Idea Lab @ The College.

We believe that nothing should get in the way of you and your dreams of helping others live healthy and active lives — especially not the cost of your education. That’s why we strive to offer an accessible and affordable physical education degree. You may also be eligible for university-wide funding to help pay for your degree. View general financial aid information.

From the moment you become a member of our Ramily, you’ll be supported by our exceptional Academic Success Counselors and advisors in Career Development Services. You’ll also have access to Student Success Technologies to help you keep track of campus events and deadlines.

Learn more about the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies.

Take the Next Step

When you choose Winston-Salem State University for your physical education degree, you choose to ignite your passion for teaching. You choose to develop your strengths and skills. You choose to make an impact on the communities and world around you.

Most importantly, you choose to #BeTheNext inspirational physical education teacher, motivating coach or successful trainer.

I love WSSU and the culture. All the people here inspire me to elevate myself.

Javarus M., Physical Education B.S.

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