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.
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.
- Athletic trainer
- Youth services agency coordinator
- Health resort administrator
- Fitness trainer
- Team coach
- Health care educator
- Recreational facilities director
- Special events consultant
- Public and private schools
- Community colleges
- Fitness centers
- Recreation facilities
- Sports organizations
- Health care organizations
- Early childhood care centers
- Public service organizations
HPRED 0180Course 1 NameSport Safety TrainingCourse 1 DescriptionBasic first aid and CPR certification for sports professionals and other individuals interested in certification. Basic safety principles to avoid and prevent injuries.
HPRED 0209Course 2 NamePersonal Health And WellnessCourse 2 DescriptionThe focus of this course is the identification of behavioral and environmental factors that influence health and the effective management of lifestyle choices to promote and maintain optimal personal health and wellness.
HPEDU 1400Course 3 NameMethods Of Teaching Health And Physical EducationCourse 3 DescriptionThis course will cover curriculum planning and the methods of instruction for teaching personal and community health and physical education in elementary and secondary schools. The needs of special populations will also be addressed.
EXSCI 0225Course 4 NameFunctional Human AnatomyCourse 4 DescriptionThe study of the structure and functional significance of the human body- with emphasis on neural, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems. The introduction to clinical application of relevant anatomy, with respect to some common conditions seen in the health/medical profession and how it relates to physical activity and exercise will be examined.
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