Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (B.E.S.S.) Major in Exercise and Sports Science (Teacher Certification in Physical Education, Early Childhood through Grade Twelve)

Minimum required: 125 semester credit hours

Admission Requirement

  1. All students pursuing teacher certification must apply and be accepted to the Office of Educator Preparation.

General Requirements

  1. A minor or second teaching field is required and must not be a minor in Exercise and Sports Science or a minor in Coaching Athletics. Courses toward a second teaching field are recommended to improve job opportunities. The degree plan below is based on an 18-hour minor or second teaching field. Certain minors and second teaching fields may increase the total number of credit hours required for degree completion. Consult an academic advisor for a list of available second teaching fields and recommended minors.
  2. A 2.5 Major GPA and an Overall GPA of 2.75 is required to graduate. If declared, a 2.5 GPA is required within the second teaching field and a 2.0 is required within the minor to graduate.
  3. All Major as well as Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course, but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  5. To complete the predetermined sequence of courses in 4 years, students will most likely need to attend summer sessions.
  6. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  7. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires multiple background checks for progression through the Educator Preparation Program. Based on information recorded in your criminal history, you may be ineligible for issuance of a teaching certificate upon completion of the Educator Preparation Program. If you have a criminal history, you may obtain a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA. For more information, go to:

Course Requirements 

COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
ESS 11001
ESS 13103
MATH 1315 (Mathematics Component Code 020)13
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
US 11001
AT 23563
BIO 243014
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
ESS 11791
ESS 23203
ESS/PFW Major Activity Team Sports21
ESS/PFW Major Activity Individual Sports21
ESS/PFW Major Activity Conditioning21
American History Component Code 0606
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
ESS 33203
ESS 33253
ESS 33173
ESS 31171
ESS 33293
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
Education Core:6
H.S. Field-Based Block:9
ESS 43233
ESS 46246
ESS Advanced Elective33
Minor or Second Teaching Field3
EDST 43803
EDST 43813
Total Hours: 125