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 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3MATH 1315 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314])3
ESS 13103Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3PHIL 1305 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3
US 11001POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
 16 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
AT 23563ESS/PFW Major Activity Team Sports21
BIO 2430 (TCCN BIOL 2404)14ESS/PFW Major Activity Individual Sports21
American History Component Code 0603ESS/PFW Major Activity Conditioning21
ESS 23203American History Component Code 0603
ESS 11001Minor or Second Teaching Field6
ESS 11791Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
Minor or Second Teaching Field3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3
 18 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ESS 33293ESS 33203
ESS 33253ESS 33173
Minor or Second Teaching Field6ESS 31171
Education Core:6H.S. Field-Based Block:9
 18 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ESS 43233EDST 43803
ESS 46246EDST 43813
ESS Advanced Elective3 
Minor or Second Teaching Field3 
 15 6
Total Hours: 125