Students who earn the bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science – Health and Physical Education concentration are prepared as educators who may seek North Carolina K-12 licensure. Health and Physical education teachers are in an ideal position to help tackle the nation’s growing problem with obesity and its associated health risks, especially among school-age youth. After successful completion of all major requirements in ESS and the professional education program, including a semester of student teaching, students are qualified for licensure to teach at all levels (K-12) in North Carolina and many other states.

Currently, 100% of Meredith ESS graduates with health and physical education licensure have secured a job in teaching or obtained a graduate school assistantship their first year out of college.

Exercise and Sports Science with a Concentration in Health and Physical Education – 58-65 hours

Exercise and Sports Science Core Curriculum – 38 hours
ESS – 110Introduction to Functional Human Movement (3 cr.)
HED – 210Risk, Appraisal and Prevention in Health (3 cr.)
HED – 400Influences and Evolution of Global Health (3 cr.)
HED – 420Health Education Methods (3 cr.)
ESS – 200Foundations Physical Education, Sport and Fitness (3 cr.)
ESS – 221Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (3 cr.)
ESS – 300Issues/Management: Sport & Physical Education (3 cr.)
ESS – 310Exercise Leadership (3 cr.)
ESS – 325Exercise and Fitness Assessment (3 cr.)
ESS – 375Motor Learning and Development (4 cr.)
ESS – 383Exercise Physiology and Lab (4 cr.)
ESS – 482Kinesiology (3 cr.)

Concentration Requirements

BIO – 322Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr.)
and
BIO – 342Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1 cr.)
ESS – 743Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School: PE Majors (3, 6 cr.)
ESS – 746Teaching Physical Education Special Needs K-12 (3 cr.)
ESS – 747Teaching Physical Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 cr.)
EDU – 460Colloquium in Education (3 cr.)
or
ESS – 460Senior Seminar (2 cr.)
EDU – 490Observation and Directed Teaching (9 cr.)
or
ESS – 451Practicum: Exercise/Sports Science (0, varied course cr.)
SOC – 335Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
or
EDU – 345Language Minorities in Public Schools (3 cr.)
See the Education department for listings on ESS 743, ESS 746, ESS 747, EDU 460, EDU 490.
Prior to graduation, students must show valid proof of First Aid/CPR certification

Exercise and Sports Science Program

Majoring in ESS at Meredith College will prepare you for a career in your field whether you plan to go to work right after graduation or pursue graduate or professional school.


Majoring in ESS at Meredith College will prepare you for a career in your field whether you plan to go to work right after graduation or pursue graduate or professional school.