Concentration: Health & Physical Education (K-12 Certification)

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This concentration leads to certification for teaching in Louisiana and most other states, preparing a student to teach grades K-12 in physical education and health as well as coach in a variety of settings. Students can elect to have a coaching minor in addition to their K-12 major, which is an additional 12 semester hours for Health and PE majors (17 hours for all other concentrations).

Professional Organizations

Students interested in teaching, coaching or supervision are strongly encouraged to join SHAPE America as a student and continue membership throughout their career. This organization is designed to support, encourage and provide assistance to professionals as they initiate, develop and conduct programs in health, leisure, and movement-related activities. Students may want to join this organization at the state level known as the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAPHERD). Membership is inexpensive and students receive the LAHPERD Journal, newsletters reporting state activities, recent research and an update on the LAHPERD convention. Student members are eligible for professional liability insurance, which is encouraged during student teaching.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the School of Kinesiology undergraduate program requires a 2.5 GPA and completion with a C or better in English 1001, Math 1021, Math 1022, Biology 1201 and 1202.

Course Requirements

  • 120 Semester hours; 9 semester hours of student teaching
  • All degree programs in the BS in Kinesiology require 120 hours
General Education 39 Credit Hours
ENG 1001 3
ENG 2000 3
MATH 1021 3
MATH 1022 3
BIOL 1201 3
BIOL 1202 3
PHYS 2001 3
CMST 2060 3
PSYCH 2000 3
Humanities Electives 6
Art Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3


Kinesiology Core 31 Credit Hours
KIN 2500 3
KIN 2501 3
KIN 2504 3
KIN 3502 3
KIN 3513 3
KIN 3514 3
KIN 3515 3
KIN 4520 3
BIOL 2160 3
KIN Activity Course (KIN 1801, 1802) 4


Health and Physical Education Certification 50 Credit Hours
KIN 1803 2
KIN 1804 2
KIN 1600 3
KIN 2512 3
KIN 2540 3
KIN 2601 1
KIN 3609 3
KIN 4511 3
KIN 4512 3
KIN 4516 3
KIN 4575 3
PSYCH 4070 3
EDCI 3136 3
EDCI 4630 (Student Teaching) 9
KIN 2600, 2603, 2604, 3603, 3604, 3605, 3608, 3660, 4600, 4601, 4602, 4605 6

Other Requirements

  • 2.5 Cumulative/LSU GPA and an official ACT/SAT composite of 22/1030

8 semester plan for H& PE concentration

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Teacher Education Disclosure

The Health and Physical Education BS program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Health and Physical Education Grades K-12 in the State of Louisiana. 

Graduates of this Louisiana state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Level 1 Professional Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact us to assist you in your career planning.

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