Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification (K-12)
This is a state and nationally accredited program and prepares students to become certified to teach both health and physical education in grades K-12. Academic requirements include a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) in the major and overall, with at least a C grade in all major courses. Additionally, students must complete sixty hours of professional development activities (PDA) prior to their entrance into the professional semester. The PDA involves hands-on learning experiences with children in a variety of educational settings. Students must also complete Praxis I and II exams, participate in a departmental interview, and present a personal professional portfolio as part of their professional development. All students become members of the Pennsylvania Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD), and LHUAHPERD, and active participation is expected. Most graduates pursue teaching careers in K-12 health and physical education programs; some find they prefer to work in allied fields; while others continue their education with graduate studies.