COE: BS Ed: Physical Education | PK-12
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Promoting Healthy and Physically Active Children and Youth

The purpose of the program in Health and Physical Education is to prepare future and practicing teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach Physical Education in the schools. From a base of scientific knowledge relating to human movement, bodily adaptations to exercise and activity, and the psychological processes of learning skills and developing lifestyle behaviors, the program emphasizes the development of professional skills in the teaching/learning processes that lead to the promotion of healthful and physically active lifestyles in children and youth.

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Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

ShaQuina White

143 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5911


Slide 1 State Teacher of the Year Darrion Cockrell makes fitness fun for everyone
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education named Darrion Cockrell the 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year. Cockrell, a physical education teacher at Crestwood Elementary School, has forged strong bonds with students, staff and parents while overhauling the school’s fitness program. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Degree Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

General Education and University Requirements:

First Year Writing
ENGL 1100
or HIST 1111
Math Proficiency (requirement varies by program)
MATH 1030
or MATH 1020
or MATH 1021
or MATH 1025
or MATH 1045
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 2222
or COMM 1040
Information Literacy
ED TECH 2230
American History or Government
HIST 1001
or HIST 1002
Humanities and Fine Arts
Three courses from two of the following fields: art, foreign language, music (excluding applied music), philosophy, theater, dance, and literature.
Social Science
ED PSY 2212
POL SCI 1100
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Social Science Explore Area
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
BIOL 1012
One additional 1000-2000 level course in Math and Life/Natural Sciences Explore Area
ENGL 3100

Program Requirements

Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or below is unacceptable).

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

B.S.Ed. and B.A. degrees with certification candidates must complete the following:

Introduction to Education
TCH ED 10001
TCH ED 10011
Level l: Exploring Education as a Profession
TCH ED 20001
TCH ED 20011
TCH ED 2209undefined
HLTH PE 32773
HLTH PE 32804
Level ll: Analyzing the Nature and Process of Education
ED PSY 33123
ED TECH 31351
SPEC ED 33183
TCH ED 30011
TCH ED 33103
TCH ED 43913
HLTH PE 32753
HLTH PE 32843
HLTH PE 32853
HLTH PE 33803
PHY ED 21343
PHY ED 32673
PHY ED 32823
PHY ED 32833
9 hours can be taken concurrently with Level lll courses:
HLTH PE 34344
PHY ED 32613
PHY ED 34683
Level lll: Synthesizing Theory and Practice in Education
The following Health and Physical Education courses are required:
PHY ED 34224
PHY ED 34233
PHY ED 34243
PHY ED 34253
HLTH PE 49893
HLTH PE 49909
HLTH PE 49923
Total Hours87

Minimum 124 hours

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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

DESE Physical Education (Grades K-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Physical Education K-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.