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Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program will prepare students to teach grades K-12 or to work in a number of fields from coaching and aquatics, to facilitating health and wellness programs in correctional settings.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
  • B.S.Ed.
  • Lock Haven
Program Contact
Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
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Commonwealth University's state- and nationally-accredited program will prepare you to become a certified health and physical education teacher for grades K-12. This program offers students from the first semester through graduation extensive hands-on professional experiences in the schools and other settings for planning and implementing learning activities.

Program highlights include:

  • Sport and Fitness Related Teaching Methods Courses
  • Health Related Content and Pedagogical Strategies
  • Curricular, Instructional and Assessment Strategies for Teaching Health Education and Physical Education
  • Early Hands-on Teaching Experiences
  • Opportunities to Volunteer to Coach in Area Schools

Concentration in Coaching

Whether taking the coaching concentration or minor, the combination of courses from sport management and exercise science, combined with health and physical education coursework will prepare students for coaching opportunities in multiple contexts and sites with a variety of age levels and target audiences.

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Health and Physical Education students complete field experiences in PK-12 schools during freshman year and are expected to engage in practical teaching experiences each semester in which they plan and implement their own lessons related to courses in which they are enrolled. Other opportunities are provided for majors to gain practical teaching experiences with PK-12 students with and without disabilities. These early clinical teaching experiences and observation opportunities in schools provide an early comfort level for students to develop and grow during their program at LHU so that they are ready to teach upon graduation. 

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education at CU provides students a Professional Semester of blocked classes during the fall semester of senior year just prior to Student Teaching.   These blocked courses include subject-specific “methods” courses related to both Health Education and Physical Education with practical field experiences with PK-12 students as well as courses focusing on curriculum, assessment, managing students. 

  1. Students will Develop and Apply Content and Foundational Knowledge (6 SLO competencies)  
  2. Students will Achieve and Demonstrate Skillfulness and Health-Related Fitness (2 SLO competencies)  
  3. Students will Develop and Implement Long and Short-Term Planning for K-12 Students (6 SLO competencies)  
  4. Students will Apply Strategies for Instructional Delivery and Classroom Management (5 SLO competencies)  
  5. Students will Develop and Apply Formative and Summative Strategies to Assess K-12 Student Learning (3 SLO competencies)
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Health & Physical Education at CU


Nationally accredited by: 

SHAPE America: Society of Health and Physical Educators 

PDE: Pennsylvania Department of Education 

CAEP: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 

Field Experiences

Beginning in the freshman year, students will participate in a variety of field experiences. Over the course of four years, students will spend time in PK-12 schools and other settings to complete experiences and meet mandated state and national expectations to develop professional competencies. Health and Physical Education teaching majors will complete two student teaching placements during their senior year at the elementary and secondary levels. 


From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward hard work and dedication to the major.

High Impact Experiences

Mentorship Program

A mentorship program between first year students and current successful junior and senior health and physical education majors helps students become acclimated to the college atmosphere and to learn the ropes of the program. 


Students complete teaching methods courses in one of three gymnasium spaces in Zimmerli Gymnasium as well as Rogers Gymnasium a few steps from Zimmerli.  Students complete a required swimming course in a state-of-the art swimming pool in Zimmerli Gymnasium as well.  Students also have access to view their own lessons they teach and set improvement goals using software-generated teaching and learning patterns in the HPE Assessment and Pedagogy Lab in Zimmerli.  Additionally, our Motor Learning Laboratory allows students to investigate principles related to the acquisition of motor skills in an applied context. Faculty are able to deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services. 


With a degree in health and physical education, graduates can gain employment as a health and/or physical education teacher in a K-12 setting, but the opportunities don’t end there. Many coaching positions exist for all educational levels, including higher education. Graduates also work in the following areas:

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Health Clubs
  • Sport, Physical Activity and Recreational Programs in Correctional Facilities
  • YMCA and Sport Facility programs
  • Aquatics Programs and Facilities
  • Higher Education (with appropriate graduate degrees)

Connect with our Faculty


Brett Everhart

  • Chair of the Department of K-12, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Health and Physical Education / Professor
  • Lock Haven
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Jennifer Thorp

  • Associate Professor, Health and Physical Education
  • Lock Haven
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Cengiz Yakut

  • Professor, Health and Physical Education
  • Lock Haven

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