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B.S. in Kinesiology

Health and Physical Education (HPE) Option


URI student teaching a child to surfIf you are interested in teaching physical and health education at an elementary or secondary school, the Health and Physical Education (HPE) option is for you. Upon completion of the program, you will be certified to teach in Rhode Island, as well as most other states. You will learn about cognitive course work, teaching methods, educational foundations, and skill acquisition, and you will also have a variety of practicum experiences in school settings. You will learn how to communicate with students of varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds and to apply scientific knowledge to physical education practice. Students interested in undergraduate teacher education programs must apply for admission through URI’s Office of Teacher Education. Applications for admission to teacher education programs are normally submitted during the sophomore year. The HPE program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Download the HPE Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

Core Curriculum Courses (25 credits) Required of all Kinesiology majors. Courses include Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Foundations of Health and Physiology of Exercise Specialization Requirements (46 credits) Courses include Introduction to History and Philosophy of Physical Education, Methods in Teaching Physical Education, Motor Development and Adapted Physical Education. Professional Electives (13 credits) Select from courses for Health Certification and Adapted Physical Education Endorsement including: Introductory Medical Microbiology, School and Community Health Instruction, General Nutrition, Adapted Aquatics, and Assessment of Special Populations. General Education Requirements (40 credits) Courses taken to meet university requirements in the areas of English Communications, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Fine Arts/Literature, Foreign Language/Cultural Competence, Letters, and Mathematics. Free Electives (3 credits)


The University of Rhode Island has added an MATCP (Masters of Education with Teaching Certification) program in Health and Physical Education. With this program students will receive certification to teach Health, Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education in Rhode Island, along with their masters degree.

For the course curriculum sheet please click on the student resources link.


According to the Centers for Disease Control (2013), due to the child obesity epidemic 1:4 children are overweight and obese. In response to the obesity epidemic, there is a growing trend of youth fitness. Parents and caregivers are currently searching for programming to support developing healthy eating and exercise habits in children outside of school. Many of these programs take place before school, after school and camps that take place during school vacations.

About the Degree Program:

The Youth Movement Science track in Kinesiology will focus on training students on how to help children develop healthy habits. Students in the Youth Movement Science track will follow the PHETE (Physical and Health Education Teacher Education) curricula with the exception of their internship. Students in the Youth Movement Science track will finish their Kinesiology degree with an internship in a youth fitness setting e.g. YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Gymnastics Center or Dance Studio. Students in the Youth Movement Science track will not need to take and pass the Praxis I exams, PLT 2 exams or PLT Content exams to complete the program. Students will need to meet the minimum GPA requirement of the university of a 2.0. For the course curriculum sheet please click on the student resources link.


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This program will introduce students to a variety of sports/physical activities while teaching them to analyze personal physical activity information collected through the use of technological devices. Students will learn specific exercise physiology and pedagogy applications. They will also complete an ocean therapy portion, teaching children with disabilities and wounded warriors how to surf (no experience necessary). Click here to see the flyer and here to see the video.


The program in Tanzania is multicultural service learning experience, visiting the cities of Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. The first part of the program will be spent at the Maasai Joy Children’s Centre, where participants will work with students and teachers. The cultural experience will extend beyond the classrooms with an afternoon immersion experience of life in a Maasai village, culminating with an African safari.

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