Mar 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education B.A.

Total Degree Hours: 120

Physical Education includes the study of kinesiology, physical skill development, pedagogy, coaching, curriculum development and assessment, and administration of physical activity programs. The Physical Education major offers students extensive preparation in theory and methodology courses leading to K-12 teaching certification. The Physical Education Program also offers a minor in the Science of Physical Activity.

Limited Access

Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education’s Teacher Educator Certification requirements:

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at

Students must complete General Education and the General Knowledge Test before admission to a teacher preparation program (see

Requirements after Admission

Students accepted into the physical education program must meet the following additional requirements:

  1. Sign an agreement to abide by the standards set forth in the College of Education Professional Disposition and Ethical Standards Policy and Procedures document.
  2. Pay for costs in addition to tuition, fees, and books such as:
    • Attendance at the state professional organization conference (minimally 1 year)
    • Student membership in the state physical education professional organization
    • Transportation to and from school sites required in courses and internships
    • Physical Education Teacher Education uniform for internships
    • Criminal background checks and finger printing for internships
    • Assignments in some classes (e.g., printing/binding of group project reports, academic and professional portfolio, professional file, etc.)
    • Electronic assignment portfolio throughout program
  3. Complete professional development plans throughout the program.
  4. Complete and pass individual development plans in identified skill areas during the program.

University Admissions

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Education: Foundations and Policy Studies - 3 credit hours
  • BSC X085 - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X086 or PET X622 - 3-4 credit hours
  • Skill Development Courses in Physical Activities - 4-5 credit hours
  • Conditioning, Fitness and Wellness Course in Physical Education Activities - 3 credit hours

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Total Major Hours: 72

Major Core (72 Hours)

GPA Requirements

Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Grading Requirements

Receive a grade of C- or higher in all required courses and maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 Core and Specialization GPA to be eligible to intern and graduate.

Residency Requirement

Students successfully must complete at least 50 percent (50%) of the required courses in the major in courses offered by USF conferring the degree. In cases of hardship or lack of course availability, individual exceptions may be approved by the respective college Dean or designee to help ensure timely graduation.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities

Physical Education students will complete four clinical experiences. The final internship consists of two courses, each of 7 weeks. One will be performed at the elementary level and one at the middle or high school level. Passing grades in internship will only be possible if all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam are taken and passed prior to graduation.

Other Information

Physical Education Elective Program

Physical Education elective offerings are designed to provide opportunities for all students in the University to acquire knowledge and movement skills related to an active healthy lifestyle. Laboratory experiences in over twenty-five different exercise and sports activities allow students to select and develop proficiency appropriate for leisure pursuit and personal development. Special competency courses provide for in-depth study in such areas as personal wellness, current issues in sports, and first aid.

Advising Information

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment:

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment:

4 Year Plan of Study - Physical Education B.A. or B.S.


Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Elementary School Physical Education Teacher
  • Middle School Physical Education Teacher
  • High School Physical Education Teacher
  • Recreation Center

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$25,000 - $45,000

Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)

  • Study Abroad (Optional)
  • Complete General Knowledge Test

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12-13

Semester 6 (Summer)

  • Apply to College of Education

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 3

Semester 9 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Year 4

Semester 11 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Physical Education B.A./B.S.


Year 1

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Year 2

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15