Programs of Study
BPE Degree Program
154 Programs of Study
154.1 BPE Degree Program
154.1.1 Program Structure
The Bachelor of Physical Education degree program consists of 120 and has both a professional and discipline focus. The program consists of the following components:
Degree Core: 60. These courses provide the foundation of knowledge in professional and discipline areas of the field.
Activity Core: 15. 100-level Physical Activity Courses (PAC) and Dance Activity Courses (DAC) focus on acquiring basic skills and developing theoretical knowledge fundamental to the activity. 300-level PAC/DAC courses focus on advanced skill development analysis, instruction, and/or coaching of a physical activity.
Areas of Concentration: 30. Seven areas of concentration provide specializations in professional areas of physical education, sport, health, and well-being. Each concentration must include a practicum of at least 6. Students normally select their area of concentration during the second year of their program.
Option Component: A group of courses totalling 15 of which at least 9 must be taken from outside the Faculty.
154.1.2 Course Sequence
Students are advised to follow the prescribed order as closely as possible.
Year 1 (30)
6 of 100-level English
HE ED 110
Year 2 (30)
6 options (see Note 3)
Year 3 (30)
PEDS 303 or HE ED 321
One of: PEDS 309, RLS 210, SOC 210, STAT 141, or STAT 151
15 Concentration Courses (see Note 3)
Year 4 (30)
15 Concentration Courses (see Notes 1 and 3)
Students must choose one of following practicum options:
6: Part-time practicum (must register in PEDS 490 only), or
12: Full-time practicum (must register in PEDS 491 only)
Opportunities may be limited for those students wishing to do a part-time practicum.
Students interested in the Coaching Studies Concentration should see §154.1.3(4).
A maximum of 15 in Practicum course offerings may be credited toward the BPE degree program.
154.1.3 Degree Program Concentrations
Students normally select from one of seven concentrations at the end of Year 2 of the program. Students should contact the Undergraduate Programs Office of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation for information about specific concentration requirements.
Active Living, Health, and Well-Being: This area of concentration provides students with understanding of and appreciation for the importance of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors as they relate to fitness, health, and well-being over the lifespan. Biopsychosocial factors influencing acquisition and maintenance of active healthy lifestyles will be emphasized.
Activity and Nutrition: This concentration will provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the importance of physical activity and nutrition as related to disease, personal health, and well-being.
Adapted Physical Activity: The focus of this concentration is on developing skills to facilitate the active living of special populations. Emphasis is placed on gaining instructional and leadership skills in physical activity, fitness and sport programs for individuals along the continuum of impairments and across all age groups and environments.
Coaching Studies: This concentration will provide students with the knowledge and experiences that will enable them to effectively compete for coaching positions, enter a National Coaching Institute, or go on to graduate studies in coaching. Coaching is based on the principles of competency, equity, flexibility, mentorship, practicum, and specialization.
Cultural and Managerial Studies of Sport and Leisure: The focus of this concentration is on cultural and managerial issues related to sport and leisure. Although the intention is that all students will be exposed to both, for those interested in cultural issues, the emphasis will be on understanding the connections between sport and leisure and the society in which we live. For those interested in managerial issues, the emphasis will be on managing organizations involved in the delivery of sport and leisure services.
Physical Activity and Sport Performance: This concentration attempts to further the students' understanding of selected aspects of physical activity and sport performance. Students will gain an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches through the concentration requirements.
The Concentration Options provide the opportunity to focus on specific areas such as teaching/learning, sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, and physiological adaptations to activity.
Individualized Concentration: This concentration affords students the opportunity to design a combination or collection of courses that meets their individual interests and needs, provided that an opportunity to pursue their area of interest is not available through the other five concentrations. This will be done in consultation with an Undergraduate Programs Advisor and requires approval of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).