Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE)

BPE students are agents of change; shaping behaviors and influencing who people are and how they live. Physical education provides individuals a chance to learn about (and through) movement - being active while learning about being active.

You'll develop physical skills, learn about social and emotional development.

If you go with the teaching option, you'll  study the benefits of active living including the basics of movement, the importance of physical literacy, sports, the human body, and individual and group activities. You'll also be introduced to a variety of teaching principles.

If you want to change the world, one attitude at a time, a degree in physical education from Memorial University is just what you've been looking for.

  With a BPE, the skills and values you teach will
  contribute to longer, healthier lives and
  improved self confidence; fostering personal    
  and community wellness.

  Courses are about active living, health, and well-
  being; physical education curriculum; activity      
  and nutrition; adapted physical activity;   
  coaching; cultural and managerial studies of
  sport and leisure; physical activity and sport    
  performance; and individual study.

A BPE means studying movement, with a focus on how people learn to move. So, you'll learn about the human body and its muscular and skeletal systems, along with a fundamental understanding of the cardiovascular system and the effects of exercise on heart rate, caloric consumption and oxygenation of tissue. Additionally, you'll learn about nutrition and diet studies as well as an overview of sports and fitness programs.

The two physical education degrees are:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education: 120 credit hours and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. This program is offered in the teaching and general options.

The teaching option has courses in the fundamentals of physical education as well as courses in curriculum planning, teaching methods, and pedagogy relevant to physical education curricula for various grade levels. Within the teaching option students will be placed in an educational setting for some of the course work. After completing of a physical education degree - teaching option, a student wishing to teach in a school setting normally completes an intermediate/secondary degree program offered by the Faculty of Education.

Of course, teaching is not all you can do with a BPE. Here are just some of your options:

Physical education teacher (K-12)
Fitness/wellness management
Movement science
Outdoor leadership
Physical therapy
Athlete development
Performance analysis
Sports and recreation management
Personal trainer
Athletic trainer
Fitness/recreation centre director
Police, military and fire fighter

So if you want to change the world, one attitude at a time, a degree in physical education from Memorial University is just what you've been looking for.

Other sites you may be interested in:

Physical and Health Education Canada (
Physical Education Special Interest Council of NL (
Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (


School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552