Health and Physical Education Major (B.S.)

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The health and physical education (HPE) major provides a foundation for teaching through a four-year program (BS), or the UNH Department of Education fifth-year program leading to a masters of arts in teaching (MAT). Graduates become certified to teach kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) health and physical education in the state of New Hampshire. This licensure is transferable to all other states in the U.S. Extensive supervised practicum experiences that provide teaching skills, including adaptive physical education programming, offers an excellent foundation for preparing high-quality teachers. The combination of health with physical education and adaptive physical education makes graduates highly marketable.

Internal UNH undergraduate transfer candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.67 before admission to the major. The coursework for students choosing the four-year or five-year path to teaching certification is exactly the same  until the final semester of the undergraduate program. The culminating capstone for students in the four-year teaching program is student teaching (EDUC 694/KIN 694 Supervised Teaching in Health and Physical Education). Students also have the option of completing a concentration in adapted physical education through additional coursework designed to enhance teaching strategies and the programmatic needs of students with disabilities. Students choosing to do the fifth-year program complete a year-long internship, in lieu of student teaching.

Admission to the fifth year program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students admitted early to the masters program (required GPA of 3.2 or greater) are eligible for dual credit at the undergraduate/graduate levels for up to 12 credit hours. This enables undergraduates to begin the masters program in their junior or senior year. For questions about the program, contact the program coordinator, Steve Wright, at (603) 862-4408, or

Major Requirements

BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
EDUC 700Educational Structure and Change4
EDUC 705Contemporary Educational Perspectives4
HDFS 746Human Sexuality4
KIN 500Introduction to Health and Physical Education4
KIN 501First Aid: Responding to Emergencies1
KIN 570Elementary Physical Education Practicum4
KIN 600Movement and Gymnastics Exploration4
KIN 601Lifetime Sports3
KIN 603Team Sports3
KIN 610Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy4
KIN 620Physiology of Exercise4
KIN 648Current Issues in Teaching Health4
KIN 653BBiomechanical Analysis of Movement2
KIN 655Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy4
KIN 666Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Practicum4
KIN 675Motor Development and Learning4
KIN 676Adventure Activities3
KIN 694
Supervised Teaching in Health and Physical Education
and Courses in Supervised Teaching
KIN 702Health Content and Youth Risk Behavior4
KIN 712Health Education Practicum4
KIN 781Inclusion in Physical Education4
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
or SOC 502 Statistics
Total Credits98

Recommended Major Sequencing of Courses

This list only includes major classes. Students should be registered for, and taking an average of 16 credits per semester to be ‘on track’ to graduate in 4 years. In most semesters, this means a student will be taking Discovery or elective course, to meet this 16 credit ‘load’.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
KIN 500 Introduction to Health and Physical Education 4
KIN 600 Movement and Gymnastics Exploration 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
KIN 603 Team Sports 3
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
Second Year
KIN 501 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 1
KIN 610 Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy 4
KIN 620 Physiology of Exercise 4
KIN 648 Current Issues in Teaching Health 4
KIN 675 Motor Development and Learning 4
KIN 570 Elementary Physical Education Practicum 4
KIN 601 Lifetime Sports 3
Third Year
KIN 653B Biomechanical Analysis of Movement 2
KIN 655 Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy 4
KIN 702 Health Content and Youth Risk Behavior 4
HDFS 746 Human Sexuality 4
KIN 676 Adventure Activities 3
KIN 712 Health Education Practicum 4
KIN 781 Inclusion in Physical Education 4
Fourth Year
KIN 666 Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Practicum 4
KIN 705 Topics in Applied Physiology 4
KIN 694
Supervised Teaching in Health and Physical Education
and Courses in Supervised Teaching
EDUC 700 Educational Structure and Change 4
 Total Credits94