Kinesiology (EC–12 Physical Education)

The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (EC–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you for a rewarding career as a physical education teacher. You’ll be ready to motivate and empower young people with the healthy practices of physical fitness. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in Central Texas schools.

You’ll study all aspects of fitness and its important role in fostering lifelong good health. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Physical Education teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms. (A second teaching field is optional.)

Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education)


As a BA in Kinesiology major (EC–12), you’ll explore the fundamentals of physical activity in young people — from motor development to musculoskeletal anatomy. You’ll learn to design fitness plans, create after-school fitness activities, and provide lectures on nutrition and other aspects of well-being. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Most students select this degree with the goal of teaching the critical principles of fitness, sports and overall health. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Kinesiology (EC–12) and successfully completing their certification, graduates may work as physical education teachers at schools. Advanced degrees are required for careers as nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, or chiropractors.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Kinesiology (EC–12) majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in kinesiology (EC–12) complete core courses, which could include Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics, Recreation and Sport for the Adolescent, Exercise Physiology, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology.

BA in Kinesiology (EC–12) majors complete supporting courses, which include Biology Principles and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

BA in Kinesiology (EC–12) majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which could include Foundations of Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Content Area Literacy.

You will have 80 to 120 hours of teaching experiences in the field, which include one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education).


In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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