Physical Education with Teacher Licensure

Your major in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure will offer education and training in keeping with North Carolina K-12 standards. The curriculum is built on two major components:

(1)   Physical fitness and sports skills

(2)   Teacher education


The Teacher Education program covers topics like teaching strategies and materials, effective communication, approaches for exceptional learners, awareness of cultural diversity, and more.


As a teacher-in-training, you’ll have opportunities for field experiences in public schools and to participate in organizing community programs such as the North Carolina Senior Games and Special Olympics. Through the training opportunities available, you’ll develop and practice professional skills to help meet each one of your student’s needs for health, fitness, and physical skills.


When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take on a professional career in physical education in public or private schools.


Gardner-Webb’s Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies (PEWSS) is dedicated to helping students develop in a holistic way: physically, mentally, socially, environmentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We value communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and competent practice of health promotion.


Health and Wellness Majors Club
The Health and Wellness Majors Club provides opportunities for Health and Wellness majors to gain experience and to strive to build a health-conscious community that reaches beyond the Gardner-Webb campus.


Student NC Association of Educators

This student organization helps you develop your professional abilities and provides you with important networking and leadership opportunities.



You will participate in a variety of field experiences in public school settings including special needs students. You will also be involved in the administration of the North Carolina Senior Games, Special Olympics, and volunteer programs within the community. Your final semester at GWU will involve a 15-week assignment as a student teacher where you will work with an experienced educator who will serve as your coach as you develop real-life teaching skills.



Completing all of the major requirements and the professional education minor, you will qualify for licensure in North Carolina. With your degree in Physical Education with Teacher Licensure, you’ll have a number of career options. You can find jobs in physical education in elementary, middle, and high schools as well as colleges and universities, both public and private. You could work with students with special needs. You could also pursue work as a sports coach at the interscholastic or intercollegiate level.



Our graduates are in-demand and most have been employed immediately at public schools. Other graduates are attending graduate school. One recent graduate obtained a graduate degree in Physical Education from the University of Georgia, and she is now working as a Physical Education teacher at a middle school in Charlotte.


Dr. Ken Baker

Phone: (704) 406-4481