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You have the most fun when you’re doing almost any kind of physical activity, game, or sport. Working out is even a regular part of your daily routine. You’re very interested in how the body works and how you can make yours stronger, faster, and better. And you also enjoy sharing your knowledge of fitness with others around you.

If this describes you, then the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (PE) degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU’s Physical Education Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a physical education teacher.




As a physical education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time studying health, setting and achieving your own personal fitness goals, and planning and teaching lessons. You will learn about developing and implementing physical education programs, teaching health and fitness, and promoting well-being to a variety of age levels, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own work.

By your senior year, you will have taught for a full semester in a South Carolina public school setting. After taking and passing all state-required exams, you will be able to apply for teacher certification in the state of South Carolina. Program graduates become certified to teach at elementary, middle, and secondary levels throughout South Carolina and beyond.

Ultimately, the physical education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for teaching physical education.




The curriculum for the Physical Education Department is comprised of three parts: general education requirements, required education courses, and required physical education courses.  The general education component for the degree consists of a series of courses required of all NGU students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The required education courses are a series of courses specifically developed and implemented to address South Carolina requirements for teacher certification. Finally, the required physical education courses have been specifically designed to meet state and national standards for those seeking teacher certification in the area of physical education.


All faculty members in the Physical Education Department possess at least one graduate degree in physical education. They also have previous teaching experience in the field. Additionally, five of the current six faculty members have completed doctoral degrees in physical education or a related field.


Tracks / Concentrations


There are no tracks or concentrations available for this degree.




At NGU, we offer minors to complement your major. Each minor requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, which in some cases may even be used to meet the elective requirements for your major. View the full list of minors.



There are no electives for this major available at this time.  




The following are examples of careers that begin with an undergraduate physical education degree:

  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Corporate Fitness Program Director
  • Elementary Physical Education (PE) Teacher
  • Fitness Director
  • Fitness Instructor
  • High School Physical Education (PE)  Teacher
  • Middle School Physical Education (PE) Teacher
  • Physical Education (PE) Teacher
  • Private School Teacher
  • Public School Teacher
  • Resort Fitness Coordinator

These careers require further graduate or professional education:

  • College Instructor
  • College-level Coach
  • Professional-level Coach
  • University Instructor  



  • Appalachian State University
  • Belmont University
  • Clemson University
  • Converse College
  • Delta State University
  • East Carolina University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Gardner Webb University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of South Carolina
  • Western Carolina University
  • Winthrop University



  • Anderson School Districts
  • Charleston County School District
  • Cherokee County School District
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Horry County Schools
  • Laurens County School Districts
  • Newberry County School Distric
  • Pickens County School District
  • Spartanburg County School Districts
  • York School Districts


Learning Experience

Learning Experience  


Athletic Events

Physical education students each get the opportunity to work a minimum of eight official NGU athletic events during their studies at NGU, learning hands-on training for practical skills like emergency management.

Case Study

Every student in NGU’s physical education program receives 10 hours of case study development experience during the Educational Psychology course.

Field Experience

Students gain over 120 hours of field experience in real classrooms in South Carolina through their education courses, beginning in their freshman year on up through their senior year.

Courses & Resources

Example Course Sequence


Fall Semester 

First-Year Experience or Freshman Honors Seminar (1 to 2 credit hours)
Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 credit hours)
English Composition and Rhetoric (3 credit hours)  
Western Civilization I or II (3 credit hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 credit hours) 
Introduction to Education (2 credit hours)


Spring Semester

English Composition and Literature (3 credit hours)   
Principles of Biology (4 hours)
 Western Civilization I or II (3 credit hours) 

Concepts of Physical Fitness & Wellness (2 credit hours)
Foundations of Education (2 credit hours)

Example Course Sequence


Fall Semester

Old Testament Survey or New Testament Survey (3 credit hours)
Adolescent Psychology (3 credit hours)
Rhythmic Activities, Games & Tumbling (3 credit hours)
Teaching Team Sports (3 credit hours)
History and Philosophy of Sport (3 credit hours)

Spring Semester

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours)
World Religions (3 credit hours)   
Introduction to Human Movement (3 credit hours)
Teaching Individual and Dual Sports (3 credit hours)
Integration of Technology (3 credit hours)
Educational Psychology (4 credit hours)

Example Course Sequence

Fall Semester

Personal Fitness (3 credit hours)
Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education (3 credit hours)
Sport Emergency Management (3 credit hours)
Instructional Techniques in Physical Education  (3 credit hours)
Foundations of Reading and Literature (3 credit hours)

Spring Semester

Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Strength and Conditioning (3 credit hours)
Physical Education for Special Populations (3 credit hours)
Methods of Teaching Physical Education, Grades K-6 (3 credit hours)
Curriculum Development (2 credit hours)
The Exceptional Learner (3 credit hours)

Example Course Sequence 


Fall Semester

Biomechanics of Sport for Coaches (3 credit hours)
Motor Learning and Sport Performance (3 credit hours)
Methods of Teaching Physical Education, Grades 7-12 (3 credit hours)
Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 credit hours)
Classroom Management (3 credit hours)

Spring Semester

Directed Student Teaching (12 credit hours)

*In addition to the courses for their major, every student at NGU is required to register and earn credit for Chapel (for each semester of full-time enrollment) and Cultural Events (for only the first four semesters of full-time enrollment). Each of these courses counts as one-half credit hour per semester. These special offerings help NGU reach its goal of educating the whole person —both intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.


Program Objectives  


  • Understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person.
  • Understand differences in individual approaches to learning and create appropriate instruction adapted to accommodate these differences.
  • Use individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies that can develop physically educated individuals based on state and national standards.
  • Plan and implement evaluative procedures that assess the effects of teacher actions on others and continue to seek opportunities for professional growth.




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