Physical Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have a passion for physical education?

 Would you like to educate young people about physical fitness, exercise, and general health?  If you’re interested in becoming an educator and instructing students about physical fitness, Gulf Coast State College can you help you prepare for a career in physical education.

 The purpose of this transfer track is to prepare you for a career in teaching physical education in grades K ‐ 12 or other related fields such as sports business specialization, fitness management specialization, coaching specialization, and athletic training specialization. You are encouraged to be familiar with the admissions requirements at the university you plan to attend. You may have additional requirements for admission to a teacher‐preparatory program. Please contact a GCSC adviser or the transfer institution for further guidance.

 The state of Florida requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement prior to students entering the classroom for observations. The college requires the submission of written verification of approved and completed background checks before students may complete on‐site course requirements. Student doing observations in school systems must go to the district in which they will do their observations and comply with the requirements of that system. The students will be required to pay a fee for the cost of the background check.

Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for high school teachers was $57,200  in May 2015 and $54,500 for kindergarten and elementary teachers in May 2015. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Carl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness


Who is eligible for the physical education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the physical education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science •+BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
HLP1081, Wellness 2
+BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
PEN or PEM Activity Classes 2
Electives 6



Recommended elective: DEP2001, Infant and Child Psychology, 3 crs.

(Students should coordinate with their advisor to determine which electives will transfer to the four year institution of their choice. Also, students should fulfill the foreign language requirements, if necessary.)

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Department Chair

Mike Kandler
Wellness and Athletics
850-769-1551 extension 3830