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Physical Literacy

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE)

4 years

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Program highlights

Work placement opportunity

Practical experience — put classroom theory into practice to gain the valuable skills that will support you later on in your career.

PL Connector Newsletter — gain continuous support in your field with this resource for growth and development

Movers and shakers — discover how these grads' careers were shaped by the program.

Research highlights — expand your studies in topics like nutrition knowledge of Canadians, physical activity and nutrition in the treatment of spinal stenosis, the use of supplements in Albertan youth athletes and more.

Student Society of Health and Physical Education — connect and engage in the communities of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal and beyond.


Physical literacy incorporates elements of physical activity and mental and social well-being while fostering the motivation and confidence to lead a healthy and active life. It is much more than participating in sports and physical activity, it's about leading others, and ourselves, to live an active and healthy lifestyle. 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.

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.

Career possibilities

  • Physical literacy coordinator
  • Personal fitness trainer
  • Health educator
  • Health data scientist
  • Sport consultant
  • Physio/occupational therapist*
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Health policy consultant

* additional education, experience and/or training required

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by an admissions and recruitment specialist.

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Steps forward in undergraduate research

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What Olympic athletes can teach us about physical literacy

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From MRU to the NBA

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Faculty of Health, Community and Education

Mount Royal is pleased to offer four Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degrees, including majors in Athletic Therapy, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Physical Literacy, and Sport and Recreation Management.

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