Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Physical Education) Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Physical Education prepares you to become a junior high or high school PE teacher or coach, and is for those who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation.

Those seeking a BS Degree in Secondary Education will study core topics such as: curriculum development, classroom management, cultural diversity, English as a Second Language, methods of teaching technology in education, and educational psychology. All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards.

Students interested in becoming a junior high or high school PE teacher will participate in lesson plans with course goals/performance objectives that can be applied to the teaching of any skill or activity. In addition, the curriculum focuses on teaching team and individual sports, how to incorporate physical education for special populations, and how to implement instructional activities that meet NASPE standards in areas such as promoting an active lifestyle, lifetime activity, inclusiveness, responsibility, cooperation, and diversity. Content courses are aligned to the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). This program is offered exclusively at GCUs ground campus.

Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through 120 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

After successfully completing this degree, additional content areas may be added post-graduation through supplemental coursework and/or through passage of a state-developed content area test.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.