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Health and Physical Education

Program Overview

Program Overview

It is pivotal that children be equipped with an early, sound foundation when it comes to health and wellness. Developing healthy patterns at a young age will lead to a more productive future. Let us further develop your passion for education and health so you can be a catalyst for the younger generation’s future success. 

Our expert faculty will train you to develop programs for both physical activity and health curricula. You will participate in the classroom and gym of two local K-12 schools for in-person learning experiences with students of all ages. Student teaching opportunities will allow you to learn alongside professionals currently in the field. They will help you find the niche that fits you best. Whether you move on to teach, coach or continue with further studies, there is no degree that will prepare you better than this.



General education required of secondary and K-12 teacher education students

Subject matter specialization

  • BY 2213 - Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • EX 2533 - Kinesiology
  • EX 3002 - Mechanics of Movement
  • EX 3363 - Biostatistics
  • EX 4113 - Exercise Physiology
  • EX 4153 - Strength and Conditioning Program Design
  • HL 1303 - Healthful Living
  • HL 3302 - First Aid and Emergency Care
  • HL 4342 - Methods of Teaching Health
  • PE 1181 - Rhythm and Dance for Schools
  • PE 2001 - Lifetime Fitness or PE 2012 - Lifetime Wellness *
  • PE 2203 - Foundations in Kinesiology
  • PE 2402 - Concepts of Motor Learning
  • PE 2742 - Methods of Teaching Sports Skills
  • PE 3343 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education and Wellness
  • PE 3383 - Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education
  • PE 4323 - Administration of Exercise Related Programs
  • PE 4502 - Seminar in Kinesiology
  • PS 3513 - Drugs and Behavior

One activity course selected from:

  • PE 1031 - Golf
  • PE 1111 - Badminton Fundamentals
  • PE 1161 - Racquetball
  • PE 1311 - Tennis Fundamentals or
  • PE 1nnV - Selected Activities in Physical Education

One elective activity course from:

PE 1001 - PE 2001 not already taken


*Health and Physical Education Teaching majors who take PE 2012 in their freshman year have satisfied the competencies of PE 2001 and do not need to take PE 2001

All students majoring in health and physical education teaching must achieve a "C" or above in all department courses required for the health and physical education teaching major.


Student to faculty ratio

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • William Vantrease

    William Vantrease

    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

    William Vantrease serves as an Assistant professor in the Kinesiology Department.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science both from Lipscomb...

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    David Bender

    Assistant Prof of Kinesiology

    David Bender joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor in nutrition and kinesiology. In 2002, Bender enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served from 2003 to 2011...

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  • Ruth Henry

    Ruth Henry

    Vice Chair, Kinesiology and Nutrition

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

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Career Paths

Coaches and Scouts

Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches also are involved in scouting.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities..

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.