Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification

School of Education
Edinboro University

Motivate students as a Health and Physical Education teacher.

Do you want a career that keeps you active and young at heart while making a real difference in the lives of others? If you enjoy building rapport and working with young people, you could earn a degree and become certified to teach Health and Physical Education for grades K-12 with our Teacher Certification program.

You’ll thrive in small classes where each professor knows you by name. They will serve as your mentors as you develop a strong foundation that includes various aspects of personal health and wellness, as well as kinesiology and the full gamut of physical activity and pedagogical skills.

You’ll not only learn theory; but practical applications as well, in our health and fitness computer lab and our state-of-the-art human performance laboratory. Junior field experience in the schools plus a full semester of student teaching will give hands on experience. Our graduates are prepared to pass the Praxis® exam for Health and Physical Education and obtain their Pennsylvania certification to begin their teaching career.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Become certified to teach what you love.

Earn credits while you get hands-on experience.

Student teaching experience gives you an edge.

At Edinboro, you’ll spend a full semester working alongside a cooperating teacher. During this time, you will earn 12 credits and have the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day responsibilities of being a Health and Physical Education teacher. As a student teacher, you will be assigned to a public school in these settings:

Elementary school

Middle school or high school

Edinboro proud.

Our alumni represent us well. They are part of the Edinboro legacy, carrying on the tradition of educating the next generation of students as teachers and coaches. They’re working in elementary, middle and high school classrooms, and as coaches for school athletic teams. Some have gone on to earn advanced degrees, including Principal Certifications and Ph.D.s. Here’s what a few recent graduates are doing:

Jennifer Wolfe Krause (BS ’03) - Assistant Professor of Sport Pedagogy, University of Northern Colorado, Greenley, CO

Natalie Kostelansky Herath (BS ’04, M.Ed. ‘08) - Assistant Principal, Northwestern School District, Albion, PA

Dustin Thomas (BS ’14) - U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant, Medical Officer, Clarksville, TN

Prepare for a rewarding career.


Dr. Jim Roberts, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1435

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000