The physical education program offers concentrations in physical education teacher preparation, exercise science and athletic training. Candidates achieving teaching certification may also pursue a coaching endorsement and/or adapted physical education endorsement.
Physical Education Teacher Preparation
The public health program is designed to prepare candidates for careers that promote the health of the general public by educating people and communities about health maintenance and healthy lifestyles. In addition to preparing students for the work force, the public health program prepares students to seek graduate degrees in public health.
Students must meet the general education requirements. Additionally students must complete the public health program requirements: SPCH 2410, PE 2400, BIOL 1330, HED 4700, JOUR 1500. Students must be an overall GPA of 2.5, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes and no incompletes in public health education courses to be assigned a practicum and be recommended for graduation.
Students must complete the following 60 hours of public health courses: HED 1500; 4130, 4000, 4040, 4050, 4060, 4280, 4400, 4420, 4550, 4650, 4880, 4950; 4960; 4990, PA 2170, PE 3900, and any two of HED 2070, 2850, 3080, 3310, HPER 3090 and electives as needed to meet 120 hours minimum for the degree .
School Health Education
The school health education program is designed to prepare candidates for health education positions in secondary schools. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes and no incompletes in health education courses to student teach and be recommended for graduation.
Candidates must meet the general education requirements. Candidates receiving school health education certification must complete the professional education sequence as well as EDUC 2030.
The following hours are also required of those seeking certification: HED 1500, 2070, 2310, 2850, 3030, 3080, 3310, 4000, 4040, 4060, 4960, GERO/HED 4550, HPER 3090, PE 2400, TED 4000; plus 12 credit hours of student teaching.
Community Health Education
The community health educator is prepared to start a career as a health promoter or educator in community worksite and/or public health. The program provides opportunities for the student to: become a reflective practitioner in health education; develop critical thinking on health issues; sharpen health-oriented community organization skills; advocate for public health.
Students must meet the general education requirements. Additionally students must complete: PE 2400; BIOL 1330; a SPCH course, a SOC course, A PSYC course and a PSCI course. Students must earn an overall GPA of 2.5, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes and no incompletes in health education courses to be assigned a practicum and be recommended for graduation.
Students must complete the following 64 hours of coursework: HED 1500; JOUR 1500; HED 2070; SOC 2130 or PSYC 3130; PA 2170; SPCH 2410; HED 2850; HED 3080; HPER 3090; HED 3310; PE 3900; HED 4000; HED 4040; HED 4130; GERO/HED 4550; HED 4700; HED 4950; HED 4960; HED 4990.