What is Physical and Sports Education Major?

Physical and Sport Education concentration at the Faculty of Education aims at preparing competent teachers qualified for teaching, furnished with necessary skills to work in the field of Physical and Sport Education by adopting a complete curriculum that giving them the opportunity to learn both theoretically and practically. Students shall be introduced to the principles of practicing sports, exercises and motor activities, they will also receive training to apply favorable strategies in order to teach Physical Education in real working environments (Schools and Gymnasiums).

Expected Outcomes

By the end of their studies, graduates shall be able to:

  • Plan for classes of Physical and Sport Education in accordance with the objectives and the targeted age group in different fields such as Physical Fitness, Motor Skills and cognitive aspects.
  • Employ acquired sports expertise and skills, and organize sport competitions and festivals in schools and universities.
  • Adjust physical activities and identify helping means to be used in specialized sports programs, which are consistent with the physical and mental abilities of students with special needs to facilitate their practicing of sports.
  • Analyze training exercises to ensure that the movements are suitable for the stages of the designated game.
  • Use international scientific evaluation tools and means in order to enhance the quality of education, and promote physical and cognitive advancement in students of different age groups.
  • Choose appropriate sports activities in light of the individual differences of students, taking into consideration all physical, psychological and social aspects.
  • Discover talented students in the field of sports, and set a special sports program for the enhancement and development of their talents.
  • Adopt scientific and innovative thinking processes to set diverse exciting sports programs that attract students.
  • Use educational technology in sport education activities in accordance with the educational objectives.
  • Be furnished with sportsmanship and personal traits of an educator (discipline, commitment, and other traits).
  • Use technology and employ it in accordance with the needs of learners.
  • Have creative and innovative thinking skills, and skills of independent self-learning.

Fields of work

Graduates shall be able to work in the following fields:

  • Teachers of physical and sport education in private and official schools.
  • Trainers in school gymnasiums.

Major Requirements

The department of Physical and Sport Education at USAL provides students with necessary needs to graduate in a period of 3 years minimum, based on the adopted curriculum which consists of different courses constituting about 97 credits. The courses are distributed over 6 academic semesters: Fall and Spring of each academic year, accounting for an average of 15 credits for each semester. They include general major requirements and other requirements specific to Physical and Sport Education. These are:

Requirements needed to obtain a BA in Education – Physical and Sport Education

University Requirements 12 Credits
Core Courses 42 Credits
Concentration Courses 31 Credits
General Elective Courses 6 Credits
Department Elective Courses 6 Credits
Total Number of Credits 97 Credits

Study program and Credits

University Requirements (12 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
ENGL 201 English Communication Skills I 3 credits
ENGL 202 English Communication Skills II ENGL 201 3 credits
ARAB 201 Arabic Communication Skills I 3 credits
ARAB 202 Arabic Communication Skills II ARAB 201 3 credits



Core Courses (42 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
EDUC 210 Psychology of Development 3 credits
EDUC 211 Health Education 3 credits
EDUC 212 Theories of Learning 3 credits
EDUC 310 Introduction to Educational Sociology 3 credits
EDUC 311 Action Research 3 credits
EDUC 312 Instructional Procedures EDUC212 EDUC315 3 credits
EDUC 313 Learning Difficulties 3 credits
EDUC 314 Citizenship Education 3 credits
EDUC 315 Measurement and Classroom evaluation EDUC212 3 credits
EDUC 316 Educational Technology I 3 credits
EDUC 317 Statistics in Education EDUC311 3 credits
EDUC 416 Educational Technology II EDUC316 3 credits
EDUC 490 Practicum I 3 credits
EDUC 491 Practicum II EDUC 490 3 credits


Concentration Courses (31 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours
EDPS 210 Gymnastics and exercises 3 credits
EDPS 310 Foundation of physical education and sport EDUC 210

EDUC 212

2 credits
EDPS 311 Anatomy of the human body  and General Physiology EDUC 211 2 credits
EDPS 312 Behavioral and psychological perspectives in physical education and sport EDUC 210 2 credits
EDPS 410 Curricula in physical education and sport 2 credits
EDPS 411 Nutrition for athletes EDPS 311 2 credits
EDPS 412 Specialized Sports Education EDUC 313 3 credits
EDPS 413 Strategies of teaching physical and sport activities 1 EDPS 310

EDUC 312

3 credits
EDPS 414 Physiology of physical education and sports EDPS 311 2 credits
EDPS 415 Strategies of teaching physical and sport activities 2 EDPS 413 3 credits
EDPS 416 Mechanics and Biomechanics EDPS 311 3 credits
EDPS 417 Prevention of sports injuries and first aids EDPS 311 3 credits
EDPS 491 Project EDUC 317

EDUC 311

1 credit


General Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
GENL 235 Basket Ball 3 credits
GENL 240 Handball 3 credits


Department Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PEDE300 Football 3 credits
PEDE305 Swimming 3 credits



Taking into consideration the nature of this specialty which includes theoretical, practical and field studies, students in this field must have specific standards. These standards are identified through several tests and procedures indicating the suitability of students applying for this specialty. Passing the following tests is an essential condition for acceptance in the department of Physical and Sport Education. The conditions are stated as follows:

  • Obtaining official Lebanese BACC II degree or any equivalent document.
  • Passing the following tests:
    • A placement test in Arabic Language and one of two foreign languages (English or French).
    • An interview.
    • A physical ability test.
  • Providing laboratory tests certified by a specialized medical center.
  • Providing an electrocardiography (ECG) with a medical report affirming that the applicant is physically healthy, and able to perform any physical effort no matter how hard it was.