Health and Physical Education K-12 - BS

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    Tori Lark of Valencia, PA, a 2017 graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.

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    Program Contact: Dr. Shelly Klinek, CAPE, CWP

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    Has gym or health class always been your favorite? Would you like to lead your own health or gym class one day? Our health and physical education major will help you get there.  

    In our program, you'll study education - of course. But you'll also learn about psychology, nutrition, personal health and wellness, and living well. You can play on one of our 15 sports teams. Or help out with one of them. And, you'll be on a campus that is surrounded by physical-fitness opportunities. You can hike. Bike. Run. Ski.  

    With your degree and your teaching certification, you'll have many career choices. Teach at an elementary or secondary school. Coach a team. Be a personal trainer. Or, you could teach young people who have physical challenges 

    What you can do with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.


    Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements in the Major

    All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher and a 3.0 grade point average must be maintained.


    or higher-level mathematics competency - 3-4 Credits Second Math -Competency level or higher

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.


    You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.

    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.  Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. 

    For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website

    Armstrong Donna

    Dr. Donna Dombek

    Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education


    151 Swarts Hall

    Brinda Wayne

    Dr. Wayne Brinda

    Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education


    150 Swarts Hall

    Klinek, Shelly

    Dr. Shelly Klinek

    Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education


    165B Sport & Fitness Center

    Chitiyo, Jonathan

    Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo

    Assistant Professor of Special Education


    149 Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Teacher in Global Concepts Charter School in Buffalo, NY
    • Teacher in Lee County Schools in Sanford, NC
    • Teacher in Whitesville Central School District in Whitesville, NY
    • Teacher at Taylor Diversions Programs, Tionesta PA
    • Teacher at Portville (NY) School District
    • Teacher at Bradford Area School District