Health & Physical Education

Empower young minds through health and physical education at OKWU.




Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education

OKWU’s Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education prepares students for certification in teaching Health and P.E. in K-12 education. These courses develop an understanding of how human bodies are made, how they work, and how to improve the human body’s performance. Education courses allow our students to demonstrate expertise in the creation of lessons, assessments, and interactions with elementary, middle school, and high school-aged students.

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Make a Difference in Young Lives

Health and Physical Education is an important part of a student’s education because it helps them to stay healthy and learn teamwork skills. In addition, physical education can help students maintain a healthy weight and develop lifelong physical activity habits.

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Internships and Hands-On Experiences

Each student in the program participates in practicums and student teaching that give them hours of experience in the classroom, observing and teaching under the guidance of experienced classroom teachers. Students are able to directly apply the theories they learn in class to practical experience.

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Growth Opportunity

Research suggests that there are hundreds of thousands of physical education teaching and coaching jobs available each year.

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Career Path

Some of the job titles in this career pathway include:

  • Physical education teacher – median salary of $49,652
  • Coach – median salary of $38,970
  • Community Health/Sports Worker – median salary of $48,860

Earn Your Health & Physical Education Degree

“The Health and Physical Education program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University provides students with an opportunity to impact our world for Christ through sharing the importance of health and physical activity with the next generation of God’s children. God’s word reminds us that our bodies are His temple. When we look at our own health and those we have the privilege of serving through this perspective, we are reminded of the opportunity we have to worship God through health and wellness.”

– Greg Tackett, Director and Instructor

Taught from a Christian Worldview
Get certified to teach P.E.
Gain real world experience through practicums


Our integration of faith with learning allows our students to:

  • Evaluate learning through the lens of a biblical worldview.
  • Develop teaching skills and content expertise in a Christian environment.
  • Learn to see each person as someone created in the image of God.
  • Be prepared for a teaching career in a public, private, or online setting.

At its core, OKWU adheres to the values of The Wesleyan Church, including Scripture, Reason, Tradition, and Experience. We believe in groundbreaking theology focused on the transformation of broken people, and this focus on reaching people where they are is vital to our curriculum.

Taught by Industry Experts

OKWU’s Health and Physical Educations professors have years of experience in the field, including a Master’s of Science in College Teaching in Health and Physical Education. Under their leadership, the curriculum is refreshed regularly to give students the best instruction possible.

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Featured Core Classes

Introduction to Physical Education

An exploration of teaching physical education as a career focusing on the historical, physiological, philosophical, and psycho-social perspectives of physical education issues and legislation.

Adapted Physical Activity

A course designed for physical education teacher candidates to plan, analyze, and correct developmentally appropriate motor skills. The course is designed to teach the teacher candidate the diverse needs of students with disabilities and exceptionalities, by providing for quality, adapted physical education instruction in the least restrictive environment in the general physical education program.

Methods of Elementary P.E. & Health

An application of skillful movement and physical activities, developmentally appropriate for elementary students, with emphasis on methods of planning, instructing, assessing, motor development, and managing positive, safe learning environments in physical education and health. Instructional students will participate in assessments to test their personal competence in basic motor skills such as; locomotor, non-locomotor, manipulative, and rhythmic skills.

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