K-12 Health & Physical Education

With your degree in Health and Physical Education, you will be certified to teach at the kindergarten through twelfth grade levels. Your coursework will incorporate teaching theory and technique with hands-on practical application and will teach you effective communication and problemsolving skills. The broad range of classes includes lifetime, team and individual sports, and more biologically-focused courses primarily devoted to the health component. In addition to the teaching degree, you may also select one of the tracks listed.

Our very active student club, the Lock Haven Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD), has many activities and charitable fundraisers throughout the year. In addition, upper-level students act as mentors for first-year students. Along with student executive officers and faculty advisors, you may also attend local, state and national conferences.

The program is accredited by AAHE (American Association for Health Education), NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education), PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Student Teaching

In your senior year, you will be assigned two seven-week placements (one elementary and one secondary) at a school within a 50 to 60 mile radius of the LHU campus. Some students also choose to student teach in the Philadelphia area. You also have the option to choose placement abroad in countries such as Australia, England, Spain or Belgium.

Additional Tracks

  • Coaching
  • Aquatics
  • Sport & Physical Education in Correctional Settings