Health and Physical Education/K–12 Teacher Education, BSEd

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    Athletes Know the Value of a Great Training Program

    As a health and physical education major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you'll find that our curriculum offers you the thorough training you'll need for success as a teacher.

    Comprehensive Curriculum

    Through your major, you'll take courses in physiology of exercise, water safety instruction, teaching middle school physical education, health science instruction, and school law.

    Outstanding Student Teaching

    Through our teacher education curriculum, you'll gain an excellent foundation for your career and will take part in the outstanding student teaching program at IUP.

    Strengthen Your Teaching Skills and Resume with SNAP

    The Special Needs Activity Program at IUP offers physical fitness, motor development, and aquatics activities for individuals with disabilities. It is a required practicum experience for all health and physical education students and a great opportunity for community service.

    Opportunities to Continue Your Sports

    Many scholar-athletes at IUP combine their studies with their interest in sports. A Division II school, IUP is a respected competitor within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in eight varsity sports for men and 11 for women. IUP also offers a variety of club and intramural sports.

    Prepare for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education leads to K-through-12 teacher certification in Pennsylvania. Teaching can be very rewarding. In your career, you'll have the chance to introduce children to fitness options and sports that may benefit them throughout their lives.

    Teacher Education Curriculum

    Curriculum Check Sheets (Excel file)

    Liberal Studies: As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:

    Mathematics: MATH 217 and 3 additional cr (must be approved as Liberal Studies Mathematics courses)    
    Natural Science: BIOL 103-104 or CHEM 101-102    
    Social Science: PSYC 101    
    Liberal Studies Electives: 0cr    
    Major:   28
    Core Requirements:    
    HPED 142 Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Sport 3cr
    HPED 175 Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active 2cr
    HPED 209 Motor Behavior 3cr
    HPED 221 Human Structure and Function 3cr
    HPED 242 Emergency Health Care (1) 1cr
    HPED 261 Water Safety Instructor 1cr
    HPED 315 Biomechanics 3cr
    HPED 341 Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 3cr
    HPED 343 Physiology of Exercise 3cr
    HPED 441 Psychosocial Implications for Health and Physical Education 3cr
    HPED 442 Senior Seminar: Professional Development in Health, Physical Education, and Sport 3cr
    Professional Requirements:   23
    Health and Physical Education:    
    HPED 214 Teaching Health Fitness and Gymnastics 1cr
    HPED 215 Teaching Rhythmic Activities and Dance 1cr
    HPED 216 Teaching Elementary Physical Education 2cr
    HPED 217 Teaching Middle School Physical Education 2cr
    HPED 218 Teaching Secondary Physical Education 2cr
    HPED 316 Teaching Elementary Health Education 2cr
    HPED 318 Preprofessional Experience I 1cr
    HPED 325 School and Community Health 3cr
    HPED 370 Adapted Health and Physical Education (2) 3cr
    HPED 426 Health Science Instruction 3cr
    HPED 450 Curriculum and Programming in Sexuality Education 3cr
    College:   21