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Physical Education and Coaching (Bachelor)

Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 128.0
Length: Eight semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Bachelor's Degree
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall
program overview
The Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) prepares students to become physical education teachers, community sport coaches or fitness professionals. The curriculum includes fieldwork placements, leadership courses and labs in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. Graduates can apply directly into fifth year at SFU, UBC or other universities to complete a teaching credential. The program also meets admission requirements for the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists.

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

Foundation & breadth

ENGL
(6 credits)

MATH
(3 credits)

SCIENCE
(9 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

ENGL 1130 (3)
+ English Literature course (3)

MATH (3) (1)

BIOL 1109 or BIOL 1103 (3) or equivalent

6 credits from any discipline except SPSC

   

+
BIOL 1209 or BIOL 1203 (3) or equivalent

+
6 credits from any discipline

   

+
Lab Science (3)

 

Focus (1000/2000 Level)

SPSC core (30 credits)

SPSC applied methods (12 credits)

SPSC 1103 (3)

SPSC 1105 (3)

SPSC 1151 (3)

SPSC 1164 (3)

SPSC 1192 (3)

SPSC 1195 (3)

SPSC 2205 (3)

SPSC 2210 (3)

SPSC 2231 (3)

SPSC 2275 (3)

12 credits of SPSC applied methods or activity courses (2)

Course topics must include a minimum of 1.5 credits in each of the following areas:

1) team sport,

2) dance,

3) movement education,

4) alternative environment (aquatics or outdoor education)

 

SPSC (30 credits)

Electives (15 credits)

SPSC fieldwork + portfolio (8 credits)

PHIL (3 credits)

SPSC 3158 (3)

SPSC 3240 (3)

SPSC 3276 (3)

SPSC 3399 (3)

SPSC 4199 (3)

SPSC 4231 (3)

SPSC 4291 (3)

+ Upper Level

SPSC Electives (9)

Maximum 6 credits from Upper Level SPSC courses

Fieldwork

SPSC 2101 (1.5)

SPSC 3101 (1.5)

SPSC 3201 (1.5)

SPSC 4101 (1.5)

+ Portfolio

SPSC 2211 (1)

SPSC 4211 (1)

PHIL 4205 (3)

Note 1: MATH 1191 is recommended for future elementary teachers and a minimum of MATH 1234 is recommended for future Secondary teachers

Note 2: SPSC applied methods courses or activity courses are typically numbered 13xx or 23xx

Note 3: Most post-secondary institutions and discipline areas require a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level course work in one area to qualify as a minor.

Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching: Kinesiology Specialization

In addition to the existing Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching, students can also apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching: Kinesiology Specialization. BPEC Graduation requirements apply however students must also meet the following criteria to be awarded the BPEC: Kinesiology Specialization credential.

Students must complete 12 credits of upper-level sport science course work from the list below:

Kinesiology Specialiation course options (12 credits required):
SPSC 3154: Integrated Movement Analysis (3 credits)
SPSC 3256: Research Methods in Sport Science, Physical Education, and Recreation (3 credits)
SPSC 3275: Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
SPSC 4161: Fitness Assessment and Prescription (3 credits)
SPSC 4256: Sport Science Applied Research (3 credits)
OR              Additional upper-level kinesiology-related credit approved by the department.

Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching: Health Promotion Specialization

In addition to the existing Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program, students can also  apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching: Health Promotion Specialization. BPEC graduate requirements apply, however students must also meet the following criteria to be awarded the BPEC: Health Promotion Specialization. Students must complete 15 credits total as indicated below.

Choose a minimum of two (2) of the following upper level SPSC courses* (6 credits):

Course Title Credits
SPSC 3203 Health Promotion 3
SPSC 4161 Fitness Assessment & Prescription

3

SPSC 4256 Sport Science Applied Research 3
SPSC 3991 Directed Study in Sport Science 3

Choose two (2) additional SPSC courses either from the remaining courses above or from the courses listed below (6 credits):

Course Title Credits
SPSC 2292 Intro to the Admin of Leisure & Sport Services 3
SPSC 2252 Contemporary Health Issues 3

Choose one (1) from the following courses (3 credits) to complete the 15 credit requirement for the specialization:

Course Title Credits
SOSC 2140 Behaviour in Organizations 3
SOCI 2280* Sociology of Health and Illness 3
SOCI 3345* Aging as a Social Process 3
MARK 3313 Non-Profit Marketing 3
MARK 3340* Promotional Strategy 3
PSYC 3304* Health Psychology 3
PSYC 3340* Cultural Psychology 3
PSYC 4370* Counseling Skills Fundamentals 3
  Any additional upper-level health promotion-related course approved by dept.  

*NOTE: Prerequisite courses required. Please see the Douglas College course catalogue for specific details.

BPEC Non-academic graduation requirements

  1. NCCP Competition/Introduction A and B
  2. NCCP Competition Development
  3. Active First Aid and CPR (B or C)
  4. Active Fitness Theory Certification
  5. High Five - Principles of Health Childhood Development Certification

BPEC - Co-op designation

Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) students can complete co-operative educational credits as part of their studies. You'll graduate with a special designation on your degree that indicates you've completed co-operative studies as part of your bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Coaching - plus gain paid work experience in the field. Co-op designation is awarded to students who complete COOP 1100, 2310, 3510 during their degree. 

Note: co-op courses are not substitutable for any academic credit courses or other degree requirements.

Co-op placements related to the BPEC degree vary greatly. You can find opportunities in:

  • Recreation centres
  • Summer camps
  • Fitness centres
  • Physiotherapy and kinesiology clinics
  • Outdoor centres
  • Coaching environments
  • Non-profit organizations related to sport and physical activity

HOW TO APPLY FOR CO-OP

You can apply after you have completed your first semester of study in the BPEC Program. Planning for a co-op placement in your summer semester starts in January of that year. For more info about the application process, see Co-operative Education.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact: Lianne Johnston (Co-op Education Placement Officer) at 604 527 5769 or by email

special academic requirements
To maintain status in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; and
  2. achieve a minimum grade of “P” in all registered academic courses; and
  3. must register in a minimum of 24 credits F/T or 9 credits P/T annually; and
  4. Full-Time students must achieve a Mastery (MAS) grade in a minimum of 2.5 fieldwork/portfolio credits per academic year or Part-Time students must achieve a Mastery (MAS) grade in a minimum of 1 fieldwork/portfolio credit per academic year; and
  5. successful completion of BIOL 1209 or 1203 or equivalent for 3rd year students
NOTE: if any of the above criteria are not met, students may be placed on BPEC program probation for 1 year. Failure of a subsequent course OR non-enrollment in a fieldwork/portfolio course OR a cumulative GPA below 2.00 during the probationary period may result in removal from the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program. Students removed from the BPEC program can re-apply after one year.
admissions requirements

For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

2nd Year BPEC Admission Requirements

Admission to year two of the BPEC program is contingent upon:

1. Availability of seats; and
2. 24 undergraduate credits completed or currently enrolled at the time of application 
    Completed and/or currently enrolled courses must include:
    2.1. Minimum of 9 Sport Science or equivalent credits; and
    2.2. BIOL 1109 or BIOL 1103 or equivalent; and
    2.3. 3 credits of university transfer English; and
3. Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent (note 1); and
4. A minimum GPA of 2.33 for completed courses; and
5. Submission of two personal references; and
6. Student ranking in the preferential admission process. Students are ranked based on a combination of the following:
    6.1. The two personal admissions reference letters from coaches, PE teachers or community leaders verifying physical education, sport or work experience and character reference; and
    6.2. Cumulative GPA; and
    6.3. BIOL 1209 or 1203 or equivalent status. Students who have completed or are enrolled in BIOL 1209, 1203, or equivalent at the time of application score higher than non-enrolled students; and
    6.4. Applicants with the same total score will be offered seats based on their date of application.
7. Upon offer of admission to the program, successful completion of a Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check.

Note 1) To fulfill the Math 11 admission requirement, BC Precalculus 11, or BC Foundations of Math 11, or higher are recommended to satisfy the prerequisite for SPSC 1151 which is a graduating requirement of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching

3rd Year BPEC Admission Requirements

The Sport Science department uses a preferential admissions procedure for entry into the BPEC program. Admission to year three of the BPEC program is contingent upon:
1.  Availability of seats; and
2.  Completion of a minimum 54 undergraduate credits with a minimum GPA of 2.33; and
3.  Completed and/or enrolled courses must include:
    3.1. Minimum of 21 Sport Science or equivalent credits, including SPSC 1103, SPSC 1105, SPSC 1164, SPSC 1195, SPSC 2205, SPSC 2275 or equivalents; and
    3.2. BIOL 1109 or BIOL 1103 or equivalent; and
    3.3. BIOL 1209 or BIOL 1203 or equivalent; and
    3.4. 3 credits of university transfer English; and
    3.5. credits of university transfer Math; and
4. Submission of two personal references; and
5. Upon offer of admission to the program, successful completion of a Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check; and
6. The preferential admission process will assign scores to the following admission criteria:
    6.1. The two admission reference letters from coaches, PE teachers or community leaders verifying physical education, sport or work experience and character reference; and
    6.2. Cumulative GPA; and
7. Following this review applicants are then ranked according to their total score. Applicants with the same total score will be offered seats based on their date of application.

application deadlines
Full Time
  • Fall Deadline: Apr 01
Part Time
  • Fall Deadline: Apr 01
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

What are the career and job prospects?

Increased awareness of childhood obesity, focus on amateur sport and Baby Boomer retirement make it a great time to get into the field of Physical Education and Coaching. Besides teaching PE, graduates can also find work in the fields of community recreation and fitness training or apply to graduate programs. See the Career Opportunities page for more info.

What will I learn?

Based in Douglas College's Department of Sport Science, the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching degree focuses on cutting-edge PE practices you'll need in the classroom, gym and sports field. Content areas include:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Education and Coaching Methods
  • Curriculum and Planning Issues in P.E.
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Conditioning
  • Motor-Skill Development
  • Team Analysis
  • Leadership in Sport and Coaching

The Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program offers students practical PE teaching and classroom experience through a fieldwork program. Starting in first semester, students will work with professionals in the field to gain practical knowledge and experience. Please contact the Sport Science Department for more info on Fieldwork placements.

What is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?

If you have previous coaching and/or recreation experience, you may be eligible to receive credit. The Douglas College Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a one-stop-shop for students interested in earning college credit through recognition of previous experience. We know that significant adult learning occurs in the workplace and through other activities such as volunteer and community service. As a result, many adults accumulate learning that may be equivalent to college credit. See the PLAR information page, or contact the Sport Science Department for more information.

Where can I do fieldwork?

Fieldwork placements are available in a wide variety of settings, including schools, rec centres, sports teams and more. For more info, see the Fieldwork (student info) page.

What certification will I earn?

You will earn a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Coaching. You can then transfer directly to teacher training programs at SFU, UBC, UVIC or another university, or start work right away in the fields of coaching and recreation.

Who are the Faculty members?

Please see the Faculty page for details on BPEC instructors and staff.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

upcoming application deadlines
  • Full-time Fall deadline:
    Apr 01
  • Part-time Fall deadline:
    Apr 01
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