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BSEd in Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in both Health Education (with criteria defined by the American Association for Health Education) and Physical Education (with criteria defined by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education). The primary goal of the program is to prepare effective educators who are knowledgeable on current and future professional issues in health and physical education and who are capable of responding to the professionals in the promotion of health, physical fitness, and well-being of school aged learners.

Requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Health and Physical Education include the university’s Liberal Studies, Professional Education, and Health and Physical Education core requirements. Upon completion of the degree program and successful passing of the PRAXIS Exam, the student is qualified for an Instructional I Certificate in Health and Physical Education, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg. This certificate is valid for teaching Health and Physical Education in grades K-12 in the public schools of Pennsylvania. All students seeking Pennsylvania certification must follow a specific educational sequence as described by the Three-Step Process, provided by the Office of Teacher Education.

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department offers an undergraduate degree program for teacher certification. The Health and Physical Education programs are separately accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education within the dual major. A primary goal is to prepare effective educators who are knowledgeable on current and emerging issues in education and capable of responding to expanding professional roles in the promotion of health, physical fitness, and well being of school-aged learners. Upon completion of degree requirements, students are qualified for an Instructional I Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teaching both health and physical education in grades K–12.

HPED Teacher Certification at IUP

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education for teacher certification is a diverse program at IUP. Students who complete this 120-credit program will be prepared to work in the public schools of Pennsylvania. The program benefits individuals interested in studying contemporary trends in teacher education, developing a knowledge base in health and physical education, and forming skills as educators with updated teaching methods. The content and field experiences included in this program are based on the national standards of the American Association for Health Education and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Course Requirements

Requirements for the degree of BS with a major in Health and Physical Education include the university’s Liberal Studies, Professional Education, and Health and Physical Education core requirements. All students seeking Pennsylvania certification must follow a specific education sequence as described on the College of Education and Educational Technology website, the IUP 3 Step Process for Teacher Certification. The complete Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Curriculum is available in the undergraduate catalog.

Suggested Student Timeline in HPED

Freshman Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

  • Register/retake PAPA exam(s) on the ETS website as needed
  • Compose Personal Goals Statement
  • Electronic Portfolio Step 1 review (by advisor)
  • Apply for Step I admission (follow 48-credit prerequisite)

Fourth Semester

  • Apply for Pre-Student Teaching (EDUC 242)
  • Register, study, and take Praxis II exams on the ETS website 
  • Renew clearances (Act 34 and 151)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

  • Apply for Pre-Student Teaching (EDUC 342)
  • Register, study, and take Praxis II exams on the ETS website 

Sixth Semester

Senior Year

Seventh /Eighth Semesters

Meet our Health and Physical Education Faculty

Our faculty members are passionate about health and physical education and truly care for our students and their success, both in the academic setting and in their future career opportunities. Many faculty members have doctoral degrees and a variety of non-academic work experiences.

  • Dr. David Wachob
  • Dr. Christine Black
  • Dr. Keri Kulik
  • Ms.  Jaime Gilbert
  • Dr. Jennifer Rudella
  • Dr. David Lorenzi

Professional Organizations in the Field of Health and Physical Education

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.