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Physical Education, B.S.P.E.

College of Education

Your passion for physical activity, sports, physical fitness and health can make a positive impact on the quality of life for students in the K-12 school system all the way into their adulthood.

Gain the skills and knowledge every beginning physical education teacher needs to provide optimal learning for children and adolescents. Learn how to promote lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, health-enhancing physical activities across all members of a school community.

Program Highlights

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    Award Winning

    Our physical education faculty are national fellows, leaders in the their field and renowned for their innovative research.

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    Valuable Experiences

    Learn along with your classmates while creating lesson plans and gaining real experience in settings beyond the classroom.

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    Making a Difference

    Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you'll help young people build physical skills and long-term health and wellness goals.

What You’ll Study

Courses encompass a wide range of subjects for a well-rounded education, teacher certification preparation and the scientific basis of physical education teaching and learning. Understand the framework of the profession from lesson plans to student assessment. Apply everything you learn throughout, and gain teaching experience along the way.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties

  • Teamwork

    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Time Management

    Prioritizing tasks, setting goals and utilizing strategies to optimize productivity and meet deadlines

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Coach

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Head Volleyball Coach
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • PRN Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Athletic Trainer

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland School District One
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
  • KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
  • One Punch Fitness
  • Berkeley County School District

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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