Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance
Concentration in K-12 Teaching/Coaching

This program prepares you for careers in teaching K-12 physical education. To earn a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in K-12 Teaching, you must successfully complete course work consisting of:

  • a 55-hour University general education program
  • a 25-hour core of professional courses common to all Health and Human Performance majors, and
  • a concentration track of 22-37 hours.

If you are interested in coaching, a professional development program is available.

To increase your versatility as a teacher, you are encouraged to pursue an additional endorsement in health education.

General Education Program

To earn a degree from Fort Hays State University, you must complete a 55-hour general education program. This program has two major components - Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts. You will work with an academic advisor to select a series of general education courses to complement your program of study. However, certain general education courses are required pre-requisites for all students preparing to teach K-12 physical education:


Health and Human Performance Core

All Health and Human Performance majors, regardless of concentration, take the same core courses, totaling 25 hours:

  • HHP 155 Weight Training and Conditioning (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 201 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 210 Introduction to Health and Human Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 220 Responding to Emergencies (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 280 Care and Prevention of Exercise and Sport Injuries (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 330 Adapted/Special Physical Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 340 Tests and Measurements in HHP (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 390 Physiology of Exercise (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 440 Kinesiology (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 450 Program Organization and Administration (3 Credit Hours)

Courses in the Teaching Concentration

If you wish to become a K-12 teacher, you must be admitted to the Teacher Education program, typically by the spring of your sophomore year. Contact us for more information, or visit with the Department of Teacher Education.


  • HHP variable Aquatics (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 151 Aerobic Dancing (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 231 Children's Rhythm and Movement (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 260 Introduction to Lifetime Sports (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 261 Introduction to Racquet Sports (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 262 Introduction to Team Sports (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 263 Introduction to Field Sports (1 Credit Hour)
  • HHP 277 Early Field Experience in Physical Education (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 290 Introduction to Coaching (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 312 Fitness Leadership (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 410 Elementary School Physical Education Curriculum (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 420 Curriculum & Methods in Secondary Physical Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 430 Motor Learning (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 314 Issues in Health Education (2 Credit Hours)

Professional Development Courses

  • EAC 202 Foundations of Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • EAC 231 Human Growth and Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • SPED 601 Education Exceptional Students (3 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 431 Educational Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • TESS 494 Secondary School Experience (4 Credit Hours)
  • TEEL 496 Directed Teaching Elementary (6 Credit Hours)
  • TESS 496 Directed Teaching Secondary (6 Credit Hours)

Optional Health Education Endorsement

  • HHP 230 Principles of Nutrition (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 300 Methods and Materials for Teaching Health K-12 (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 310 Consumer Health (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 320 Communicable and Emergent Diseases (2 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 400 Safety Education (2 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 100 Human Biology (3 Credit Hours)
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