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 Health and Physical Education

​​​​​​​​​​​Health Education and Physical Education are integral parts of the total ed​​ucation of every child from kindergarten through grade 12. Therefore, every student should have the opportunity to participate in a quality health and physical education program. 

It is the role of quality health education programs to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy and productive adults. To help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors, health education should contribute directly to a student’s ability to successfully practice behaviors which protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks.

It is the role of quality physical education programs to help students develop health-related fitn​ess, physical competence in movement activities, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes toward physical activity so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. Quality programs are also important because they provide learning experiences that meet a student’s developmental needs, which in turn helps to improve the mental alertness, academic performance, readiness, and enthusiasm for learning.

Good health and academic success are directly related. Healthy children are better students and better students become healthy, successful, productive adults.

Rules and Guidance​​

HPE Requirement, Rules, and Policy


Official List of State Funded Health and Physical Education Courses ​​

State Funded Course Catalog​ (look for HPE tab at bottom)

Health and Physical Education Standards
Please visit to view and download the Health and Physical Education Georgia Standards of Excellence

Professional Learning Opportunities​

GaDOE HPE Community 

GaDOE has launched a new innovative platform to provide the opportunity for teachers, leaders and GaDOE staff to collaborate, connect and share thoughts and resources. ​ See our GaDOE community flyer ​​for steps on how to get started. Each PLC has a series of webinars for teachers. We look forward to connecting!​

Instruct​ional Resource​s for Health and Physical Education Teachers ​

Health Education

Elementary Instructional Frameworks


Sample Unit Frameworks​

​​Middle and High School Resources

 Physical Education​

 Instructional Frameworks

  K- 5 SAMPLE Curriculum Maps 

Grades K - 8​

 High School

HPE Remote Learning Resources

Adapted Physical Education 

In response to COVID-19, the Georgia Department of Education partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting​ to launch the Georgia Home Classroom. Georgia families and teachers can access K-12 resources produced by Georgia teachers that are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence.​

The Essential Toolkit 

We also provide many other free instructional resources aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). These resources were selected by ​GA DOE content area specialists, to be used by Georgia teachers. Please visit GeorgiaStandards.Org and the Essential Toolkit.

Frequent​ly Requested Information​​​​

​​Fitness Program

 CPR Information (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-149.1)

 School Bus Safety

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Gender Equity

 Links and Resources

 GHSA Information and Forms

HPE Teacher Certification

​Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission regarding certification at (800) 869-7775 or email:​​​

 Contact Information

Lisa Begley, HPE Program Specialist


Phone: 678-595-0340