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K-12 Physical Education Licensure

Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Health Education, and K-12 Physical Education Teaching.

A career in physical education is the opportunity to play a major role in the health and well-being of young people on a daily basis. With childhood and adolescent obesity rates affecting about 14.4 million students in the United States, and more challenges than ever affecting children's mental and emotional health, K-12 physical educators can make a dramatic and positive impact in the lives of their students. Offered through CCU's School of Education, which has been recognized as a top-ranking undergraduate teaching university (U.S. News and World Report rankings of best colleges and universities), the Physical Education Licensure program equips you with the tools you need to inspire, encourage, and promote a healthy and emotionally well-balanced lifestyle at the elementary, middle, and high school level, all while having fun in the process.

The K-12 Physical Education Licensure Program graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in two majors: one in Kinesiology and Physical Health Education, and a second in K-12 Physical Education Teaching. This program is 120 credit hours and offers supervised clinical practice experiences in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Upon graduation, you will receive a bachelor's degree and be ready to pursue an Initial Colorado Teacher License with an Endorsement in K-12 Physical Education. If you wish to teach in another state or country, you may pursue a second license for this purpose.

Physical Education in the Christian University

In every course within the School of Education, students are encouraged to not only teach but to model Christian servant leadership in educating the whole child — mind, body, and spirit. Helping young people develop a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition at a young age sets children up for success in all areas of their development, with a child's physical education closely linked to their academic and even spiritual growth. Students in CCU's Physical Education Licensure Program will be prepared to serve their classrooms and their communities as agents of change, helping to establish attitudes of caring for one's body for longevity, good health, and being able to care for and serve others.

What can you do with a degree in physical education?
  • Athletic director
  • Athletic coach
  • Sports and recreation management
  • Adventure/outdoor educator
  • Activities director
  • Sports journalist
  • Fitness instructor
Interesting Classes You Might Take
  • Introduction to Sports Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Individual and Dual Physical Activities
  • Team Sports and Games
  • Mental Aspects of Sports Performance
Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

About the School of Education

At CCU, we're training the next generation of teachers, for both public schools and private Christian schools. The Christ-centered educational model in our School of Education is unique among education schools in Colorado, training graduates who are not only outstanding educators, but also respected members of the community.

The School of Education offers a variety of academic programs ranging from Elementary and Secondary Education to Classical Education and Special Education. You will be taught and mentored by exceptional faculty who have all been licensed as teachers or administrators in Colorado. They know what it's like to be in classrooms and are committed to helping you succeed. You will get your first field experience during your freshman year, working with students in local elementary, middle, and high schools under the supervision of exemplary teachers to gain expert experience.

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The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked both the elementary and secondary education programs in CCU's School of Education as the top education programs in the State of Colorado, and in the 98th percentile of all education programs, nationwide.

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