BS in Physical Education

A Bachelor of Science degree in Physical education is unique because it prepares students with knowledge pertaining to the human body; information concerning attitudes, feelings and relationships; and understanding of what physical skills the body is able to perform. The major prepares teacher candidates to instruct from kindergarten through secondary levels of public-school education and is recognized by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education and the South Carolina Department of Education.

As a Physical Education major, you will learn about and apply scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals. You will plan and implement learning experiences appropriate for various ages as aligned with local, state and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students. Additionally, you will learn effective communication, teaching skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning, and you will learn to utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and to inform instructional decisions. Physical education majors also learn the concepts and applications of moral and social values to their profession as well as their individual lives.

You might consider a Physical Education major if you have a passion for promoting health and well-being through promoting physical fitness, understand the importance of team sports in developing interpersonal skills, and are a physically educated individual with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness.


Passionate faculty with decades of education experience.

Each year, SWU graduates are selected for Teacher of the Year awards.

100% of our education program graduates who pass PRAXIS II are recommended for licensure in education.


  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Recreation staff

"The experiences with my professors and field experiences throughout the program gave me great insight into what it takes to be a successful teacher. SWU laid a great foundation and gave me a great starting place."

Aaron Plummer, Class of 2012

Graduate Schools

  • Furman University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Georgia
  • Clemson University