2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog

Physical Education, BSEd

Banner Code:  E1-BSED-PHED

This 120-credit degree program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Completing this degree fulfills requirements for licensure in Health and Physical Education (PK-12) in Virginia. Students complete a student teaching experience in their final semester.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see the Academic Policies  section of the catalog. Students should also review the section on University General Education  requirements.

Student Teaching Internship

To enroll in student teaching, physical education majors must have a minimum 2.50 GPA in the last 60 credits of course work and submit copies of official passing scores for the VCLA and PRAXIS II exams. The application must be completed one full semester before taking PHED 415 - Student Teaching in Physical Education. Application deadlines are listed below and forms are located at rht.gmu.edu/phed/student_teaching.

Student Teaching Internship Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester—February 1
Spring Semester—September 1


Four-year students: Students entering as freshmen with an interest in majoring in physical education will initially be accepted with BPRE (pre-PHED) status. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 45 credits and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 to apply to the BSED in Physical Education Program. In addition, students must submit passing Praxis I scores and have earned passing grades in BIOL 124, BIOL 125, PHED 201, and PHED 202.

Degree-seeking transfer students: Transfer students can apply for BSED status by having (1) a minimum of 45 credits from their previous institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or by completing 12 credits at Mason with a minimum of a 2.50 GPA; (2) submitted passing scores for PRAXIS I or its approved substitutes; and (3) passed BIOL 124 and BIOL 125, and PHED 201 and PHED 202 (only a grade of C or higher is accepted for BIOL 141 and BIOL 142, if transferred from a Virginia Community College System(VCCS) institution).

Degree Requirements

Course Work

General Education Requirements (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3)
    Must take STAT 250
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8)
    Must take BIOL 124 and BIOL 125

Professional Sequence (82 credits)


Students are not permitted to enroll in HEAL 405, PHED 308, PHED 403, PHED 404, and PHED 415, until they have met all BSEd application requirements.

Total: 120 credits