Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s health and physical education program is one of less than two dozen programs in the country to receive full national recognition from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
The recognition is an honor signifying that program graduates are meeting the national standards in teacher education and have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach children successfully. It is a measure of graduates’ capabilities, as opposed to program offerings and facilities or faculty qualifications.
NASPE recognition is dependent upon accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges and departments of education in the United States.
The UGA program, based in the College of Education’s department of kinesiology, underwent its most recent NCATE review this past fall. It has been accredited by NCATE since 2002. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission also reviewed and reaccredited the program in 2007.
The health and physical education major is a certification-only undergraduate program. Students who begin the major do not have the option to graduate with a degree in health and physical education without being certified to teach health and physical education in elementary, middle and secondary schools in the state of Georgia.
For more information on UGA’s health and physical education program, see www.coe.uga.edu/kinesiology/pe-sport/undergrad/bsedhpe.html