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Health and Physical Education

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health & Physical Education

The health and physical education undergraduate program prepares graduates for certification as P-12 health and physical education teachers. In addition, a non-teaching degree program in health & physical education is provided for those students wishing to earn a degree without teacher certification.

Undergraduate students in the health and physical education certification program complete programs of study in three general areas. First, they complete the Murray State University's required University Studies Program. Second, students are required to complete the professional education courses sequence. Finally, they must complete content specific requirements in the health & physical education area. In addition, for certification, HPE students must earn a passing score on three Praxis exams plus the PLT Exam. The final step to full professional teacher certification involves successful completion of the KTIP internship year in Kentucky, although certification requirements vary from state to state. Since Murray State University's College of Education is NCATE accredited, a degree in health & physical education with teacher certification is transferable to most other states.

Master of Arts in Education (Secondary) with specialization in Health & Physical Education (Non-thesis Option)

This program leads to Rank II certification in health and/or physical education, provided the student already possesses initial certification in one or both fields. The passing of a comprehensive examination and a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for completion of this program.

The program requires 33 credit hours including 15 hours of required core courses and 12-18 hours in the specialty area.

The graduate program in health & physical education is described in more detail by accessing advising sheets on the Web.

Master of Arts in Education (Secondary) with specialization in Health & Physical Education (Thesis Option)

A thesis option program is also available (33 hours) which substitutes thesis credit for an advanced research course and a thesis oral defense for the comprehensive examination. The advising sheet for this program is available on the COE Website.


Please direct inquiries about programs in health & physical education to Ken Purcell, coordinator at