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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.

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Physical literacy incorporates elements of physical activity, mental and social well-being while fostering the motivation, 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
  • Health educator
  • Sport consultant
  • Personal fitness trainer
  • Program director
  • Physio/occupational therapist*
  • Entrepreneur/business owner
  • Health data scientist
  • Health policy consultant
  • K–12 teacher*

* 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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Physical literacy students benefit from access to international internships

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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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