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Health & Physical Education

The major in Health and Physical Education in conjunction with the College of Education prepares the student to become a health and physical educator in a traditional school setting. Students learn how to plan and implement the P-12 curriculum for Health and Physical Education. Health and physical education instructors teach individuals or groups of students a variety of physical activities, including fitness, gymnastics, rhythms and dance, reducing or corrective exercises, and sport and game skills in schools, universities, and private health clubs. They prescribe individualized exercise and motor skill movements. The emphasis of the Master of Science in Kinesiology concentrating in Physical Education is current pedagogical thinking, research, and teacher effectiveness in Physical Education. The goal of the program is to produce teachers who can integrate research and theory into current teaching practices.

General Information
College of Education
Department Website Health and Physical Education
Degree(s) Offered

Bachelor of Science in Education Major: Health and Physical Education

Master of Science in Kinesiology Concentration: Physical Education (online program)

Possible Employment Settings
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Industry (private, public companies)
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Centers and Public Gyms
  • Health Spas and Resorts
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Retirement Communities
Occupational Opportunities
  • Health and Physical Education Teacher
  • Athletic director
  • Coach
  • Recreational therapist
  • Dance instructor
  • Occupational therapy*
  • Outdoor education instructor
  • Weight-control counselor
  • Sports medicine physician*

*These occupations require further education and/or certification.

  • Intramural director
  • Sports psychologist*
  • Camp director
  • Health Coordinator
  • Athletic trainer*
  • Sports official
  • Agency recreation leader
  • Corporate trainer
  • Exercise physiologist*
Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations GS Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
American Alliance for Health, Phy. Ed., Recreation & Dance Health and Physical Education Majors Club (HPEC)
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 2/17/2020