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Health and Physical Education K-12 - BS

Our program will prepare you to lead your own health or physical education class.

WHY STUDY HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

As a health and physical education major, you will take all the necessary education courses as well as courses in nutrition, personal health and wellness so you can lead your own classroom. But, it won't be all classroom work. You’ll get hands-on experience while learning from professors who have real classroom teaching experiences teaching pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll start by observing teachers in action. Then you’ll assist teachers with various tasks and lessons. During the next step, you’ll start writing lesson plans and teaching those lessons in the classroom. All of this will prepare you for student teaching.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to earn your teacher certification. Most of the students in our program seek teacher certification in Pennsylvania or New York.

Job titles:

  • Teacher
  • Athletic trainer
  • Youth services agency coordinator
  • Health resort administrator
  • Fitness trainer
  • Team coach
  • Health care educator
  • Recreational facilities director
  • Special events consultant

Employers:

  • Public and private schools
  • Community colleges
  • Fitness centers
  • Recreation facilities
  • Sports organizations
  • Health care organizations
  • Early childhood care centers
  • Public service organizations

You will need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but our program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.

Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major. You will need to submit three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement.

The health and physical education program has given me countless opportunities to actively work within many schools and has given me hands-on learning experiences in surrounding communities. Sophia Fratercangelo, health and physical education major from Olean, NY