The program of study in Health/Physical Education consists of four curricular components: freshman seminar and general education, the essential standards, the professional studies core, and content pedagogy (methods and internship). Upon successful completion of the program and related requirements, graduates are eligible for a Standard Professional I license to teach in the State of North Carolina. The NC Department of Public Instruction issues the teaching license based on University recommendation.
The Health/Physical Education program is one of 12 teacher education programs offered at UNCP. Health/Physical Education majors are subject to Teacher Education Program policies, admission requirements, continuation requirements, and graduation requirements. For more information about teacher education policies and requirements, turn to the previous section.
The Health/Physical Education program is accredited by the National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the NC State Board of Education.
The Teacher Education Program standards for all education majors are described fully in the UNCP Teacher Education Program Teacher Candidate Handbook.
Dr. Denny Scruton, Assistant Professor
K12 Health/PE Program Coordinator
Office: Jones Health and PE Center, 1191
Program Goals and Objectives
The purpose of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is:
1) to provide a comprehensive academic program in health, physical education, and recreation for students who plan to pursue one of these fields as a profession;
2) to provide professional preparation for prospective teachers in the area of physical education;
3) to provide a service program which will afford all students the opportunity to learn and participate in a wide range of activities which will benefit them now and in the future;
4) to provide recreational activities that will enable students and faculty to enjoy their leisure time in a program that will benefit them physically, mentally, and socially; and
5) to educate individuals about risk factors associated with certain lifestyle choices and provide them with the skills to make behavioral changes that will improve their health and the quality of their lives.