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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Physical Activity Leadership, BS

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Health & Physical Activity Leadership (HPAL) is designed to prepare candidates for employment in a variety of fields related to health and physical activity. This will include teaching health and physical education in both public and private schools, coaching in school and community settings, and leadership positions in community-based health and physical activity programs.

This program is a part of the Wellstar College of Health and Human Services .


This degreee 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.


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Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Policies

Admissions Requirements

There are no additional Admissions  requirements for the Coaching Concentration or the Youth Activity Leadership Concentration.

The Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Concentration requires majors to apply for program admission in order to begin coursework in the professional education sequence. 

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. 

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, Enrollment, and Graduation 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:  WELL 2000 HPAL 2100 , HPE 2050 , and HPAL 2250 
  2. Received a minimum letter grade of “C” in any required HPAL major courses
  3. Submitted two acceptable faculty recommendations and an advisor recommendation
  4. Submitted current completed Course Checksheet. This 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’ clubs and/or other professional activities
  7. Expressed a desire to enter teacher certification 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 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Concentration admission may be directed to the coordinator


  • HPE Faculty Letters of Recommendation
  • HPE Planned Program of Study-completed by you and your academic advisor
  • HPE Application

Graduation Requirements

Each student is expected to meet the requirements outlined in Academic Policies 5.0 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS & GRADUATION  .

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Program Course Requirements

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

General Education Core Curriculum  

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

Concentration (36 Credit Hours)

Coaching Concentration

Youth Activity Leadership Concentration

Concentration Related Studies (15 Credit Hours)

Select 15 credits at the 3000 or 4000-level from the following prefixes: COMM, HS, LDRS, PHE, PSYC, SOCI, ISD, ORGC, IPE, INED, IHS

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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