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Bachelor of Arts: Healthful Living & Fitness Education

The Healthful Living & Fitness Education major (or HFE, formerly Physical Education & Health) is designed for students wanting to enter K‑12 teaching in healthful living and fitness education, or the health, wellness, and fitness industries. HFE students complete core major courses in Healthful Living & Fitness Education and then choose from one of two specialty options: K‑12 Teacher Licensure Specialty (2.7 GPA requirement for teaching) or Lifetime Fitness & Health Specialty (2.0 GPA requirement for health, wellness, and fitness).

Healthful Living & Fitness Education majors are provided with on-campus practicum experiences that prepare them for their internship semester. Additionally, the UNCW Fitness Clinic provides opportunities for HFE students enrolled in core major course PED 415: Adapted Physical Education to actively work with students with disabilities. Activities in this course include: adapted aquatics, fitness and physical activity, health, and leisure activities. Students in PED 415 are assigned to a younger student with a disability for one-on-one interaction where they conduct assessments in physical fitness, motor skills, health knowledge, and social behavior. Additionally, PED 415 students create and implement an individual educational program (IEP) tailored to meet the needs of their student partner.

Additionally, students who already hold a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teaching certification in physical education and health can pursue the online Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

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