Degree Type: 

Bachelor of Education


Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Programme Duration: 

4 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 


Entry Requirements: 


  1. The Minimum Admission Requirement into the University of Cape Coast for WASSCE applicants is aggregate 36. For SSSCE applicants, the minimum requirement is aggregate 24.
  2. Candidates must have passes in six (6) subjects with overall aggregate of 36/24 at the WASSCE/SSSCE level respectively.
  3. Three of the six subjects must be core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Core Science.

For purposes of admission, a pass in

  • WASSCE means Grade: A1 – C6.
  • SSSCE means Grade: A – D.

In addition to the above, candidates must

  1. pass a theory and practice test to be conducted by the university (test is based on the 2008 SHS syllabus for Physical Education).


  1. Must be at least 25 years of age at the time the application form is completed
  2. Must possess Teachers’ Certificate ‘A’ with a minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience.
  3. Must pass a selection examination in General Paper, a special paper in Health, Physical Education and Leisure and a practical test.


  1. A good Diploma (a minimum of Second Class Lower Division or better) obtained from the University of Cape Coast or equivalent institutions with at least two (2) years post qualification teaching/working experience.
  2. All candidates must pass an interview.

Career Opportunities: 

This programme trains learners to be professional supervisors of physical education and recreational activities in schools. Physical education is an important aspect of the educational curriculum in schools in Ghana. It is designed to train professionals to help children develop and improve upon their physique through activities that focus on the movement of the body parts. Related activities such as healthy eating and good sleeping habits are covered in the programme. Students are therefore taught the nutritional value of various kinds of foods. They are also trained to be able to help school children stay healthy and also gain from benefits of improved brain usage that comes with increased physical activity. In addition, learners are trained in athletic skills, teamwork spirit, teaching skills, motivational and organisational skills to be able to proficiently conduct and supervise physical education and recreational activities in schools.

Programme Structure

Level 100

First Semester

CMS 107: Communicative Skills I
3 Credit(s)

Engaging in academic work at the university is challenging. This course is aimed at equipping fresh students to make the transition from pre-university level to the university level. It assists them in engaging and succeeding in complex academic tasks in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It also provides an introduction to university studies by equipping students with skills that will help them to engage in academic discourse with confidence and fluency.

EDF 101: Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to issues in the foundations of educations. It studies the social and philosophical foundations of education, their nature and scope: Basic concepts that influence the work of the classroom teacher are also discussed. Lectures and discussions are the main mode of dissemination of the course.

EPH 141: Foundations of Physical Education
3 Credit(s)

The course is an introduction to physical education. It covers the concept, history and definition of Physical Education and its role in society. It also examines philosophies, principles, aims and objectives of Physical education as well career opportunities in the field.

EPH 144: Theory and Practice of Soccer and Volleyball
3 Credit(s)

This combined course aims at introducing students to basic skills in Soccer and Volleyball. It also introduces students’ tactics and techniques in the games of soccer and volleyball. The course covers the rules and technical officiating in the games. It will also introduce students to the teaching and coaching of the games.

EPH 145: Theory and Practice of Basketball and Table Tennis
3 Credit(s)

This combined course aims at introducing basic skills in Basketball and Table Tennis. It is intended to equip students with the skills and capabilities needed to improve their personal skills, teach the game to beginners, coach middle class players, officiate and organize tournaments. It also introduces students to individual and group tactics and techniques involved in the games of Basketball and Table Tennis. The course extends to cover such areas as rules, officiating, coaching principles, and organizational methods involved in these games. Students will be afforded the opportunity to teach and coach these games during the course.

EPS 101A: Educational Psychology
3 Credit(s)

This is a comprehensive course designed to introduce prospective teachers to the psychological influences responsible for the behaviour and learning characteristics of individual students. It includes knowledge of the forces of nature and nature as they affect the physical, psycho-social, cognitive and moral characteristics of the learner in school. It also includes knowledge on how the teacher can identify special needs in the individual as well as the principles and strategies to employ in helping and counseling learners to develop their potentials in full.

ILT 101: Information Literacy
1 Credit(s)

The rationale of the course is to equip students with skills that will enable them access and retrieve information in the traditional, hybrid and digital libraries. Students will be able to use ICT efficiently and effectively when they have basic knowledge of computers. The course content include: Types of libraries, library resources and their uses, the role the library plays in the academic community, introduction to computers, the internet.

Second Semester

CMS 108: Communicative Skills II
3 Credit(s)

This is a follow-up course on the first semester one. It takes students through writing correct sentences, devoid of ambiguity, through the paragraph and its appropriate development to the fully-developed essay. The course also emphasizes the importance and the processes of editing written work.

EPH 146: Human Anatomy and Physiology
3 Credit(s)

The scientific basis of physical education embracing the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive and nervous systems would be covered in this course. The structure, functions and the physiological processes of the muscles, bones, and nerves are examined from a basic standpoint and as related to physical education. The course is a prerequisite for EPH 241.   

EPH 147: Theory and Practice of Athletics I:
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to theory and fundamentals of sprints, middle and long distance races and jumping events. The course will concentrate on the rules, officiating, practice and teaching of track and jumping events: sprinting, relay racing, middle and long distance races and jumps. The course also equips students with basic skills in Kids Athletics

EPH 148: Theory and Practice of Gymnastics and Dance
3 Credit(s)

The fundamental skills of gymnastics and dance form the core of this course. The course introduces students to basic gymnastics skills with concentration on floor events, vaults with and without apparatus. Students are also introduced to the fundamentals of traditional, social and freestyle dance activities that can be used as exercise and recreation. It also covers basic skills in organizing and teaching dance as exercise and recreation.

Level 200

First Semester

EPH 246: Theory and Practice of Hockey and Handball
3 Credit(s)

This combined course aims at introducing basic skills in Hockey and Handball.  It will also introduce students to the teaching of the games. The course also covers the rules, skills of organizing and officiating of these games. It also equips students with basic knowledge in the construction of the field of the hockey and handball court.  

EPH 241: Kinesiology
3 Credit(s)

This is an integrated course involving the science of motion of humans, the effects of extraneous variables on human motion and performance. The anatomic and physiologic fundamentals of human motion for example the skeletal framework and its movements, musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular basis of human movement will be covered. The effect of extraneous variables on human motion and performance, the application of the principles of mechanics to the problems of teaching physical education skills and activities of daily life will be covered.

EPH 243: First Aid/Care and Prevention of Sports Injuries
3 Credit(s)

The course covers general methods and principles of accident and injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of common sports injuries. It also equips students with basic life supports skills transporting casualties and performing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The course also provides students with opportunities to acquire basic skills of First Aid upon which they are certified as FIRST AIDERS.

EPH 244: Curriculum Studies in Health, Physical Education and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

The course provides opportunity for students to acquire basic theoretical and practical experience in curriculum planning, implementing, and evaluation in Health, Physical Education and Leisure. The course also exposes students to the processes of curriculum change.

EPH 245: Theory and Practice of Athletics II
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to theory and fundamentals of throws, race walking, steeple chase and hurdling. The course will concentrate on the rules, officiating, practice and teaching of these events. This course also focuses on the construction of athletics oval and throwing sectors. Students will learn innovative ways to teach these events.

EPS 211: Educational Statistics
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to the nature of statistics with a description of variable, scales of measurement and the differences between descriptive and inferential statistics. Data representation is treated with emphasis on frequency distributions, histograms, polygons, gives, bars, and pie charts as well as box and whisker plots. The nature and role of the measures of location, variability and relative position are explained. Students are introduced to the concept of probability with emphasis on the addition and multiplication roles and the nature, properties and applications of the normal distribution. Measures of relations and correlation are explained and their roles in education are discussed. Basic ideas about statistical inference (sampling distributions) are treated leading to an introduction to hypothesis testing. Statistical tools such as regression analysis, chi-square, Mann-Whitney test, Wilcoxon signed rank test. One-way analysis and the Kruskall-Wallis test are mentioned briefly with emphasis on I icy can be used.

EPS 212: Special Education
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces the prospective teacher to the field of special education.  Areas to be examined include characteristics of persons with special educational needs,

etiological factors as well as management strategies.

PHL 205: Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning
3 Credit(s)

Critical thinking includes, but not limited to, variety of deliberative processes aimed at making wise decisions about what to believe and do, processes that centre on evaluation of arguments, among others. The course will integrate logic, both formal and informal, with a variety of skills and topics useful in making sound decisions about claims, actions, and practices and to make it all palatable by presenting it in real-life contexts. This course is interactive and conversational in tone and aim at helping students to appreciate how to use the tools in logic in arriving at most cogent conclusions given different issues of life.

Second Semester

EPH 247: Theory and Practice of Tennis and Badminton
3 Credit(s)

This combined course aims at introducing students basic skills in Tennis and Badminton.  It also exposes students to basic techniques of ground and overhead strokes. It also equips students with basic knowledge of Grand Slam and rules of officiating tennis and badminton matches. It will also introduce students to the teaching of the games.

EPH 252: Tests, Measurements and Evaluation in Health, P. E. and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

The course is designed to introduce students to the meaning and scope of testing and measuring in health, physical education and leisure. Students also acquire knowledge of the principles of evaluation in the teaching and learning process. It covers basic criteria for test selection, administration, interpretation and utilization of test results in both theory and practical Physical Education. The course further introduces students to practical basic data analysis tools such as the mean, standard deviation, t-tests and Chi-Square, using SPSS software.

EPH 261: Introduction to Health Education
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to the discipline of health education. It provides students with information on the concept of health and helps students to achieve desirable attitudes and practices related to broad health issues such as maternal and child health, personal hygiene, health behaviours, communicable and non-communicable diseases, nutrition and occupational, environmental health and sanitation as well as occupational health and safety. The course has two goals: provide students with fundamental health literacy skills and opportunity to make an informed career choice in health education or related field.

EPH 288: Theory and Practice of Swimming
3 Credit(s)

This course teaches general water safety skills and focuses on the mechanical and physical basis of swimming that contribute to its being an excellent lifetime activity and fitness tool.

Instruction is geared towards the individual’s level of ability.

Level 300

First Semester

EPH 346: Weight Training, Weight Lifting and Circuit Training
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to principles of weight training, weight lifting and circuit training as a means of muscular development. This course also affords students the opportunity to practically apply training theories and principles in weight training and lifting and circuit training with the use of available fitness apparatus. The history, purpose, precautions and range of motion ([ROM] and strengthening [isometric, isotonic and isokinetic]) exercises will be covered. Also to be covered are the types and benefits of muscular endurance, ways of testing and interpretation of test results. Circuit training types, characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and prescription of circuit training programmes will be highlighted in detail. Standard methods and styles of weight lifting as an accepted international sport will be practiced and studied and the rules governing the sport applied.

EPH 347: Introduction to Sports Medicine
3 Credit(s)

The course is an advanced study of the identification and management of specific sports injuries. It deals with the application of anatomical physiological and first aid principles to various forms of injuries and traumas that occur during sports performances e.g., heatstroke, muscle cramps, sprains and strains as well as dislocations. Techniques for massaging will also be included.

EPH 348: Psychology and Sociology of Coaching
3 Credit(s)

This course examines the application of psychological and sociological principles in coaching and sports performance. Issues such as motivation, anxiety, group dynamics and spectatorship are discussed. The course also equips students with some philosophies of sports performance such as fair play, sportsmanship and hooliganism. Coaches and players behaviours and their effluence on sports performance are discussed.

EPH 351: Introduction to Exercise Physiology
3 Credit(s)

This course is the application of human anatomy and physiology to movement education. The course examines the definition, importance of exercise physiology, the essentials of movement such as muscular, neurological controls and neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training. Energy for movement including metabolism, basic energy systems and metabolic adaptations to training will be covered. Cardio respiratory function and performance, physical activity for health and fitness including prescription of exercise for health and fitness will be covered. Physiological parameters such as anthropometrics, training adaptations for anaerobic and aerobic capacities, muscular strength and body composition as related to physical exercise will be discussed.

EPH 354: Theory and Practice of Netball and Recreational Games
3 Credit(s)

The course aims at introducing students to basic skills in netball. Students are taken through the history, tactics, rules governing the sport, and teaching stages to equip students to practice, teach and officiate during netball competitions. The course also acquaints students with basic knowledge needed for the development of healthy living through active recreation.  Students are to be exposed to various local and international recreational activities for amusement, contemplation, fun and for play.

Second Semester

EMT 390: Micro Teaching
3 Credit(s)

The course examines overview of theories of learning and teaching; various instructional strategies; creating a good motivation in teaching; statement of lesson objectives and set induction; lesson planning; questioning and questioning skills; learning difficulties;and practical work.

EPH 341: Motor Learning
3 Credit(s)

The course is intended to give students relevant experience concerning the fundamental principles guiding human movement behaviour. This experience is then applied to understanding and designing motor tasks or motor skills for learners. The course also equips students with relevant knowledge in motor development, motor control and learning. It also emphasizes performance changes that are associated with motor learning.

EPH 343: Physical Fitness and Wellness
3 Credit(s)

The course is designed to acquaint students with the most current issues concerning fitness and wellness. Basic concepts, principles, methods and practices in fitness and wellness based on the science of the body are explored. The course further discusses components of health-related and performance-related fitness and methods for developing and evaluating them. Methods of developing and evaluating one’s personalized fitness programme will be a major part. Students participate in practical fitness activities such as aerobic dance, and acquire skills in organizing such programmes.

EPH 356: Coaching Theory
3 Credit(s)

The course examines the scientific, sociological, psychological and physiological principles and theories of teaching skills, coaching, and sports performance. Topics to be covered include periodization, planning, training methods, and motivation needed to increase the performance of an athlete.

EPH 361: Human Diseases
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to the concept of disease and various classifications of diseases. It also introduces students to the historical antecedent of the study of disease. It covers communicable and non-communicable diseases. It also equips students with the knowledge of disease theories as well as factors promoting disease occurrence at personal, community, national and global levels or among specific population. The course also lays emphasis on emerging diseases of public health interest such Neglected Tropical and Zoonotic Diseases. It will cover how they can be prevented at all levels of occurrence.

EPH 363: Introduction to Epidemiology
3 Credit(s)

The course is to equip students with the basic concepts of epidemiology. Students will gain knowledge about measuring and interpreting patterns of disease occurrence; sources of data, epidemiological models of causation. Asthe study of disease patterns in society, this course will also introduce students to basic terminology in the study of human diseases occurrence and distribution. The course will cover the calculation and evaluation of basic epidemiological data, such as nativity, morbidity and mortality rates and ratios. Students will be introduced to epidemiological studies.

EPH 372: Nutrition, Exercise and Health
3 Credit(s)

The course is a survey of the role of nutrition in human development from conception to death. Students examine nutrition requirements at various stages in life, what happens when there is excess or inadequate nutrition, and how to promote wise nutrition choices. The course also introduces students to the roles nutrition in exercise and their influence on human health. Students acquire the skills of designing nutrition and exercise programmes to promote health for specific populations. 

EPH 399: Research Methods in Health, Physical Education and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

The course examines the concept of research and its approaches such as qualitative and quantitative designs. Students explore various ways by which data can be collected to answer simple research questions. Students are also introduced identifying research problems and basic skills of writing simple research proposal. The course will help students evaluate elementary research reports and serve as preparation for the student project (EPH 499).

EPS 311: Assessment in Education
3 Credit(s)

The course introduces students to educational assessment. Students will develop the understanding of concepts in assessment including continuous assessment and its practice in Ghana. It also deals with goals and learning targets of instruction and their relevance in students’ assessment, characteristics of test results (validity and reliability), constructing achievement tests (multiple-choice, true/false, matching, constructed response type and essay), test administration and score interpretation.

PH 362: Sex and Reproductive Health Education
3 Credit(s)

The course examines the reproductive system biologically and the health issues that arise at all the stages. It also covers non-reproductive sexual activity and its health implications as well as the laws governing these acts. Social, economic, and cultural factors surrounding sexual and reproductive activity and their implications are examined at the individual, community, national and global levels. Issues of marriage and divorce are discussed.

Level 400

First Semester

EDF 401: History and Management of Education in Ghana
3 Credit(s)

The course is in two parts. The first part deals with the role of government and non-governmental bodies in the development and growth of formal education in Ghana. The second part examines administration theories and their influence on the management and administration of school systems in Ghana.

EPH 443: : Organization and Administration in Health, PE and Leisure
3 Credit(s)

The focus of the course explores administrative, leadership and organizational issues and skills in health, physical education and leisure programmes in and outside the school. Students also acquire knowledge on factors that promote or inhibit organization and administration of health and sports programmes.

EPH 447: Practicum/Seminar in Coaching
3 Credit(s)

The goal of this course is to provide students the opportunity to apply general coaching theories and principles in coaching specific sports. Students will be attached to local teams to study and report on coaching practices of the teams and discuss ways to improve such practices.

EPS 403: Principles of Guidance and Counseling
3 Credit(s)

This course recognizes that secondary school students need guidance to be able to attain their full potential and maximize the benefits of their educational experience. It attempts to equip the stent with information that will enable him/her to facilitate this process in a secondary school setting.At the end of the course, student should be able to show a clear understanding of the guidance concept in the context of school personnel work, examine the principles under girding guidance practice, explore the services of a given guidance programme, show how they can be addressed and examine the role of guidance personnel.

ETP 491: Field Experience in Teaching
12 Credit(s)

The course is the culminating activity of the professional education sequence. The student spent the first semester of the final yearin a selected off-campus school sites for teaching practice.While on the field, the student is required to adhere to established policies and procedures of the school system in addition to those policies and procedures established by the University. The course is designed to enable the teacher trainee to engage in competent reflective decision making while teaching, demonstrating professionalism, scholarship and sensitivity to individual and communal interests. Standards of good practice and ethical, professional behaviour as laid down by the GES should be maintained.

Second Semester

EPH 499: Project Work
3 Credit(s)

This is a faculty-wide course aimed at giving students their first experience in independent scholarly work. Students are guided to select a researchable problem, review literature on the problem, collect data, analyze them, and produce a report. This will make them self sufficient and independent in their quest to find knowledge and use the appropriate statistical methods and tools to report their findings.

EPH 459: Legal/Ethical Issues in Physical Education and Sport
3 Credit(s)

The course will introduce students to legal terminology, philosophy and practice as applied to physical education and sport. It will cover legal and ethical principles in teaching, coaching, and competitive sports.

EPH 463: School and Community Health Education
3 Credit(s)

The course examines community and school health issues and factors involved. Health issues may be examined from an ecological or other perspective. The course provides an overview of the structure and the role of community agencies in health promotion with specific emphasis on health education services in schools and communities. The course also provides students with relevant skills in identifying health issues in schools and communities as well as planning and applying educational strategies to solve them. The ultimate goal of the course is for students to find out ways by which health conditions of communities and schools can be improved.

EPH 464: Seminar in Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Education Activities
3 Credit(s)

The course equips students with basic theoretical framework of health needs assessment of health related issues in the communities, schools and workplaces. The course also examines basic models of planning health education activities for specific populations. It also examines various approaches, methods and strategies for presenting health information to specific populations and how to measure programme success. Students will be equipped with the skills of writing grant proposals as well as well health funding organisation.