Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy

Lead the health and wellness movement in your community — educate, facilitate and promote healthy lifestyles as a champion of physical literacy. Living a healthy and active life is more than just being physically fit — emotional health, psychological health and spiritual well-being are all part of it. With a focus on the relation between health and physical activity, the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy takes a comprehensive approach to health and wellness and prepares graduates to become advocates for physical activity and overall healthy lifestyles in the community. The skills and knowledge you will acquire in this program will provide you with a well-rounded education that will expand your career choices or education options at a graduate or professional school level.


Practical experience

Throughout each year of the four-year program, experiential learning components in- and outside the classroom will allow you to put classroom theory into practice and gain the valuable skills that will support you later on in your career. A fourth-year community-based capstone course will help to bring your learning together and prepare you for your career or further education.

Article: What Is Physical Literacy And Why Does It Matter? (CBC)


The Physical Literacy major is designed to meet the Physical Education accreditation requirements of the Canadian Council of Undergraduate Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA), the body that ensures quality and consistency in physical education degrees in Canada.

Courses in the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy help to prepare you for certification* in:

  • coaching
  • aquatics
  • first aid
  • some outdoor activities

*Certification often requires some additional training — many opportunities are available at Mount Royal University through courses offered at our Recreation Centre.

You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in:

  • educating
  • facilitating
  • health promotion
  • sport psychology
  • fitness programming

Physical Literacy equips students with fundamental theory and builds upon the curriculum/courses previously offered in the highly-regarded Bachelor of Physical Education — University Transfer, to offer a four-year program with foundational courses that is supported by a balance of General Education courses and work experience components, which gives students the option to add a minor to complement their major.

Career choices

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy generally find work at clinics, in high schools, universities and colleges, with community organizations or in industry.

Your job title could be:

  • Physical education teacher* - teach students from a primary school to high school level about the importance of physical activity and health
  • Recreation practitioner - design, facilitate and deliver programming at various sport and recreation levels in the community
  • Coach - lead teams and players in the community across a wide range of sports or activities
  • Fitness trainer/director - use your expertise to develop programs or activities that help people stay active and healthy
  • Health Educator - share your knowledge of physical health and wellness to help create an understanding of its importance to people at any age

*Graduates of the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy will require a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) for certification as a school teacher.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education — Physical Literacy may pursue other credentials to enhance their skills, such as certified fitness appraiser, national strength and conditioning specialist, advanced coaching certification, Alberta fitness leadership certification and emergency medical responder/paramedic.

Research opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in research in this growing field. Current faculty research topics include:

  • physical literacy
  • nutrition knowledge of Canadians
  • physical activity and nutrition in the treatment of spinal stenosis
  • supplements use in Albertan youth athletes