PE and Health Education

Welcome to the Physical Education and Health undergraduate program! This program, offered by the Watson College of Education in partnership with UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services, will prepare you to teach, coach and assume leadership positions in K‑12 schools.

Students in the PE and Health program major in Healthful Living & Fitness Education (or HFE, formerly Physical Education & Health) and choose the K‑12 teacher licensure specialty.

Distinctive Features of the Physical Education and Health Program

  • Small class sizes with personal attention
  • Dedicated Healthful Living & Fitness Education faculty
  • Individualized advising from application through graduation
  • A collaborative learning environment
  • Unique Education Laboratory on campus
  • Extensive field and classroom experiences
  • A full-time internship during the final semester
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • High job placement rates and support beyond graduation

Applied Learning Opportunities

Hands-on training is a central theme in this specialty area, and practicum experiences are embedded into seven courses throughout the program. Teacher Licensure students complete their program of study with a 12-hour internship where they are placed into a local school for 15 weeks. Another noteworthy experience is PED 387, a course titled “Teaching Physical Education in Grades 6-12” which gives students an opportunity to offer physical education to students at Isaac Bear Early College High School through a unique partnership between UNCW’s HFE faculty and IBECHS. VIDEO

Learn More!

For more information, see UNCW’s Bachelor of Arts: Healthful Living and Fitness Education

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Admissions: Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Admission to UNCW and the Watson College of Education is a two-step process. The first step is admission to the university. The second step is admission to the Watson College of Education (WCE). Students typically apply to WCE during their sophomore or junior year at UNCW. Transfer students typically apply during their first or second semester at UNCW.


  • High School Seniors and Transfer Students
  • Freshman or Sophomore Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior or Final Year