Health and Physical Education-Teaching and Coaching


The Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education housed in the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) Department is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Teaching/Coaching Licensure (TC) program is a part of the College of Education and Health's (CEH) professional preparation program curricula approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. Our TC curriculum develops teachers of Health and Physical Education who are competent in the design and implementation of effective K-12 programming that promotes 21st century health and physically literate individuals. TC students observe Health and Physical education teachers and students in urban and rural public-school classrooms.

The TC curriculum culminates with a year-long (two semester) internship in Arkansas public schools. In the internship, TC students partner with innovative teaching partners who provide TC students with real-world experiences in teaching, classroom management, and coaching. TC students emerge from their internship as practitioners capable of applying content knowledge, curriculum and instructional design, classroom management, and assessment strategies.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Students complete a minimum of sixty (60) clock hours of practicum experience during pedagogy logged in partnering school districts.
  • TC Students develop a Professional Profile as a record of their experiences including participation in ATU, CEH, and KRS activities, teaching in the public-school classrooms, attending professional conferences, volunteering with campus and area organizations, and completing leadership opportunities in the Kinesiology Club.
  • TC Students complete a year-long (two semester) internship in K-12 classrooms logging over 600 hours of experience with curriculum design, instructional design, classroom management, assessment strategies, and extra-curricular activities.



  • Networking
  • Communication
  • Teaching Skills
  • Instructional Planning and Delivery
  • Leadership/Teamwork Skills

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • K-12 Public School Teacher
  • Public School Administration’s assistant principal, principal, assistant Athletic Director or Athletic Director
  • Public School Athletic Coach
  • Movement Skill Coach

Alumni of our program work at:

  • El Dorado Public Schools
  • Russellville Public Schools
  • Springdale Public Schools
  • Star City Public Schools

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Educational Leadership, M Ed
  • School Counseling and Leadership, M Ed
  • Teaching, Learning, & Leadership-Curriculum Administrator/Master Teacher Leader (MTLL), MEd


Points of Pride

  • TC students have a 95% pass rate on the PRAXIS exams required for Arkansas teacher licensure.
  • 73% of TC program graduates are currently teaching in Arkansas public schools.


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