B.S. in Human Performance: Physical Education Emphasis
The Bachelor of Science in human performance, physical education emphasis, is designed to prepare students to instruct elementary and secondary-level physical education in both school and non-school settings. Students who successfully complete degree requirements, pass the PRAXIS II: Physical Education Content Knowledge and PRAXIS II: PLT exams are eligible to apply for a standard Mississippi teacher license. The K-12 physical education licensure grants immediate eligibility to teach physical education in schools within Mississippi and other states throughout the United States.
Traditionally, physical education has been practiced by working with school-aged children in school-based settings or with adults in postsecondary institutional settings. Physical education teaching specialists are now applying pedagogical skills in nontraditional instructional settings such as: sport-specific, community-based or residential institutions, correctional facilities, sports camps and other youth organizations.
All students should declare physical education as their major so they will be assigned an advisor in physical education. Requirements from the Mississippi Department of Education may change and supersede requirements printed in The USM Undergraduate Bulletin.
Please refer to the following for specific admission and program requirements:
More information regarding teacher education requirements can be found at the College of Education & Psychology's Teacher Education at Southern Miss page.
Dual Degree: K-12 Physical Education Licensure & Sport Coaching Education
The dual degree plan provides a teacher licensure program to students who are interested in teaching physical education and coaching in a K-12 school. Coursework includes physical education methodology, human performance classes, coaching methodology, and teacher education. Students in the major are subject to all teacher education requirements as set forth by USM and the Mississippi Department of Education.
Links of Interest
- Teacher Education Scholars Loan/Scholarship
- Mississippi Department of Education
- PRAXIS Exam
- Preparing for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
- Basic Technology Literacy Examination (BTLE)
Program Contact Information
Dr. Nancy Speed - Instructor
P: (601)-266-6364 Email: Nancy.Speed@usm.edu Room: HPR 224
Last Updated: February 22, 2013