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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Physical Education, B.S.

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Contact Information

Website: http://wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/hpe/
(470) 578-6216

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Health & Physical Education is designed to prepare health and physical education teachers at all grade levels (pre-kindergarten through grade 12). Candidates complete the equivalent of a major in health and physical education and a second major in pedagogical studies with an emphasis on teaching health and physical education. 

Admissions Requirements

The HPE program requires majors to apply for program admission in order to begin coursework in the professional education sequence. 

Fall Cohort Admission

In order to be admitted to the Health and Physical Education (P-12) program, majors must apply to both the Bagwell College Teacher Preparation Program and to the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education. It is recommended that majors arrange to meet with a HPE Faculty Advisor each semester to assure that are on track to apply for program admission. Both sets of applications are due between March 1-July 30 for acceptance into the HPE Cohort that begins each fall.

Teacher Education Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

Admission to teacher education is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the admission requirements outlined in the Teacher Education Admission Requirements  catalog page to pursue this degree program.

Health and Physical Education (P-12) Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the criteria for Admission to Teacher Education, the Health and Physical Education (P-12) program requires that the following criteria also be met:

  1. Completed with a “C” or better:  HPS/WELL 1000, HPE 2000, HPE 2050, HPE 2250 and either HPE 1560 or 1580
  2. Received a minimum letter grade of “C” in any required HPE major courses
  3. Submitted three acceptable faculty recommendations
  4. Submitted current completed Course Checksheet and Planned Program of Study. These will be provided by your ESS advisor.
  5. Exhibited responsible professional behavior in classes, field experiences and interactions with peers and faculty
  6. Demonstrated interest in the field through participation in and contribution to majors’ club and/or other professional activities
  7. Expressed a desire to enter teacher education through a well-written personal narrative emphasizing experiences relevant to teaching


After formal review of all program application materials, students will be notified of their admission status. Questions regarding HPE Major program admission may be directed to the coordinator: (470) 578-6775, Convocation Center 3045.


Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the Academic Policies Graduation Policies and Procedures   outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Catalog.


The Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education (HPE) is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), fully approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC) for P-12 teacher certification, and nationally recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Kennesaw State University is the only program in Georgia nationally recognized by NASPE.

Program of Study

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

General Education Core Curriculum  

Major Requirements (65 Credit Hours)

Program Total (125 Credit Hours)

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