Health and Physical Education
Dr. Jim Roberts
The Health and Physical Education Department provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare them to be outstanding professionals in their field. Students combine classroom work, experience with discipline-specific technology, hands-on participation, out-of-class projects, and pre-professional field work to create an educational experience that prepares them for careers in a number of health-, fitness-, and sport-related professions, and in education as teachers, coaches and more.
Students tailor the focus of their study to align with their career goals. The human performance track prepares students for careers in fitness instruction and personal training, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, and other exercise science-related disciplines. Human performance majors who wish to pursue a career in physical or occupational therapy are also prepared for admission to those graduate programs. The sport and recreation administration track prepares students for careers in areas such as sports marketing, facilities management, athletic management, recreational program administration, and more. The health promotion track prepares students for careers in community, corporate, and public health and disease prevention. The teacher certification track prepares students for careers in K-12 health and/or physical education.
National trends toward the allied health professions, fitness, physical rehabilitation, recreation, and related disciplines have opened an extensive area of opportunity for today’s health and physical education graduates. The program is intentionally small to foster strong student-faculty relationships and personalized learning.
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The Sport and Recreation Administration program is designed for those interested in sport- and/or recreation-related professions. Students will gain knowledge and skills related to areas such as leadership theory; personnel management; law and liability; program development, implementation, and evaluation; and sport/recreational facility design. Professional career opportunities include minor and major professional sport teams, ticket operations, interscholastic and intercollegiate recreation and athletics, and recreation/sport facility operations at the municipal, corporate, and private levels.
The Human Performance track is designed for those interested in the exercise sciences, human performance, pre-physical therapy, and/or personal training. Through theory, practical application, and laboratory experiences, students will develop the knowledge and skills to plan and implement exercise and health/wellness programs for a variety of populations, including healthy adults and youth, athletes, and people with physical limitations. Professional career opportunities include corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, strength and conditioning coaching, personal training, and research assistant.
The Teacher Certification track is designed for those interested in becoming a health and/or physical education teacher at the elementary and/or secondary level. Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements of this curriculum, which also includes successfully passing National Teacher Certification examinations, the student will be granted a degree of Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and will qualify for the Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate. This certificate will be valid for teaching Health and Physical Education in grades K through 12 in Pennsylvania.
The Athletic Coaching minor prepares students to be successful in all levels of coaching, from volunteer coaching of recreational sports to paid coaching at the intercollegiate level. Students will take courses in coaching methods, history of sports, team sports pedagogy, athletic injuries, and current coaching strategies, among others. The minor is an excellent addition for students looking to coach at any level of sport or related activity.
The Fitness Instruction/Personal Training minor provides students with the core classes needed to work with individual and group fitness clients in community, corporate, recreational, and other settings. Students will take courses in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, fitness assessment, and development of group and individual fitness programs, among others. This minor is an excellent choice for students interested in entering the fitness industry.
The minor in Health Studies provides students with a broad range of experiences in the basic elements of health promotion. Students will take a variety of health content, application, and health behavior theory courses. This minor is an excellent addition for students who are interested in working with people in areas such as wellness education, fitness instruction, and health counseling.