Physical Education Major

Over the past two decades, physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus and now is recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living (SHAPE America).

The physical education major provides students with a planned, sequential, PreK-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence (SHAPE America). Our majors are prepared to effectively plan and deliver this standards-based content and instruction.

Towson University’s physical education major is nationally accredited and recognized by SHAPE America (The Society of Health and Physical Educators)

Area of Study

In this major, you will gain knowledge and strategies to support the development of human movement, skills and confidence in physical literacy.  

Advising documents will help you plan your academic career at Towson University. You can also view all degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.


This program prepares you to become a competent physical educator consistent with developmentally and instructionally appropriate guidelines provided by SHAPE America, Society of Health and Physical Educators. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification as a PreK-12 physical education teacher in Maryland and other states.

WHY TOWSON University?

First-rate Faculty

More than 80 percent of undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty, who also have years of experience in the field. Your professors encourage you to participate in field opportunities and provide direct supervision and guidance.

Internship Semester

You will have an opportunity to put your coursework into action during a semester-long internship in a local elementary and secondary school setting.