Health & Physical Education

School of Sport Sciences

Health and Physical Education Overview
Do you like to work outside, enjoy staying active and do you have an interest working with children? If so, you may enjoy a career in health and physical education where you can apply your knowledge as a coach, sports instructor or teacher in primary or secondary education.  For those who wish to take their education to the next level for varied career opportunities and greater earning potential. After completing 45 course hours and passing the PRAXIS I Exam (or having a comparable SAT or ACT score), students can apply for formal admission to the undergraduate program through the Thayer School of Education and the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Once admitted, students begin taking upper level courses then finish with a full semester of student teaching. By graduation, you will be able to apply the information and skills learned to a 'real-world' setting. 
Student-athletes may also participate in varsity athletics while enrolled in the program and interested students can complete academic minors or a second major.
The health and physical education teacher education program at Wingate University is fully accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Click here for guiding principles and conceptual framework
Click here for entrance requirements.
Dr. Dan McLaughlin, Assistant Professor


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Classes of Interest
Student teaching semester
Elementary Physical Education Methods
Middle and Secondary Physical Education Methods
Methods of Health Instruction

Clubs & Ensembles


Honor Fraternity


Sport Sciences Majors Club


Sports Medicine Education Club 


The student teaching experience is a required internship experience for credit. The experience is 15 weeks in duration and includes two placements (one 10 weeks and one 5 weeks), one at an elementary school and one at either a middle or high school. It includes a weekly on-campus seminar and completion of a student teaching portfolio required for licensure in the state of North Carolina.

Career Opportunities
Physical education teaching at the primary, middle or high school level
Health education at the primary, middle or high school level
Sports instructing
Our Graduates
Jonathan Tyson, assistant principal, Forest Hills High School
Chris Stinson, principal, Science and Math Academy of Anson County, N.C.
Jesse Broadfoot, assistant hockey coach, NY
Ashley Green, Medical University of South Carolina
Amy Parmalee, teaching in Massachusetts
Gerry Anderson, teaching in Virginia
Andrew Romberger, teaching in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools