Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Share the joy of movement with future generations through UNT's Kinesiology program with Teacher Certification.
If you've ever dreamed of making a difference in a child's life by helping learners become more physically active, a Kinesiology major with teacher certification at the University of North Texas is the path for you.

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Why Earn a Kinesiology Degree and Teacher Certificate?

A teacher’s impact extends far beyond the academic classroom. As a teacher specializing in Kinesiology, you can affect your students in a positive way every day. Kinesiology is the study of human movement and is a major that's experiencing tremendous growth.

People with kinesiology backgrounds are involved in teaching, coaching, athletic training, allied health, ergonomics and health and wellness. With additional training, you could work as a physician assistant, nutritionist, chiropractor, physical or occupational therapist or in another health-related field. Many of our students pursue graduate opportunities in exercise physiology or sports psychology.

Marketable Skills
  • Assess health needs/resources
  • Develop/implement/evaluate health programs
  • Promote/advocate for healthy lifestyles
  • Develop/implement strategies for behavior change
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies

Kinesiology Degree and Teacher Certificate Highlights

College of Education ranked 9th in Texas and 66th in the South by
College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
The UNT Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence is multidisciplinary, combining knowledge, skills, and expertise from Psychology and Exercise Science to provide comprehensive and individualized sport psychology services, education/training, and research.
Pathways for Future Teachers advances educational equity by recruiting and preparing a teacher workforce that is more representative of the racial, ethnic, and social diversity of student populations in P-12 schools.
The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory positively influences the physical activity engagement of school-aged children to improve the health of students through empirical research, increasing public awareness and policy advocacy.
Bachelor's in kinesiology program ranked 33rd for affordability by

What Can You do With a Kinesiology Degree and Teacher Certificate?

A Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is the next step toward your career goals. With an EC- 12 teacher certification, career options may include:

  • Elementary Physical Education Teacher
  • Middle or High School Physical Education Teacher

Depending on the specialization, career options include:

  • Allied health professional
  • Athletic trainer
  • Ergonomic consultant
  • Fitness instructor
  • Middle school, high school or collegiate coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher
  • Sports director
  • Strength and conditioning specialist

Kinesiology Degree and Teacher Certificate Courses You Could Take

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1 hr)
Laboratory studies examining the functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including cell morphology, tissue histology, musculoskeletal anatomy and nervous system anatomy.
Introduction to Kinesiology (3 hrs)
Survey of the foundations underlying the scientific basis of kinesiology. Units include curricula, historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, physiological, biomechanical, pedagogical and motor behavioral components essential to the study of kinesiology. Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge required to become a successful practitioner, researcher or teacher in the psychomotor domain. Students are expected to complete this course prior to enrolling in kinesiology core courses.
Sociology of Sport(3 hrs)
Study of social behavior in sport with particular emphasis on its relationship to the cultural perspectives of socialization, minorities, economics, politics and current issues.
Psychology of Sport (3 hrs)
Survey of the literature concerning the relationship of psychological processes and motor performance. Topics include motivation, communication, anxiety management, youth sports, concentration, confidence and group dynamics.
Physiological Bases of Exercise and Sport (3 hrs)
Applied physiology course of study including bioenergetics, neuromuscular factors, and cardiovascular and pulmonary dynamics during exercise. Emphasis is placed on acute and chronic responses of human physiology to exercise stress.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs)
Functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including biological chemistry, cell morphology, membrane and tissue physiology, musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.

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