Health and Physical Education

Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Field experience
  • Certification for Pre-K-12 in PA

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Health and Physical Education at Marywood

You'll develop an awareness of the relationship of health to all experiences and activities; become aware of the cognitive, affective and psychomotor aspects of fitness; and learn to create experiences which will promote health and physical development. You will develop your abilities to teach effectively by using a variety of instructional techniques and using the knowledge of the way in which students learn motor skills as well as develop their cognitive functions.

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Dr. Jason Edsall, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Program Director Athletic Training Education

Angela Hillman, PhD. ECP
Full-Time Faculty

Kathy Uhranowsky, RN, CCRP
Human Physiology Lab Manager
Clinical Research Coordinator

Shelby W. Yeager, M.Ed., LAT, ATC, NASM-PES, CES, FMSC
Department Chair, Clinical Education Coordinator for Athletic Training Program
This is just a sample of our Athletic Training and Exercise Science faculty - see them all!

The 68,000 square foot Center for Athletics and Wellness is designed to provide the newest athletic opportunities for students, as well as clinical space for our burgeoning health research programs and outreach opportunities to address the needs of our regional community. The facility includes a sports arena, a 5,000 square foot fitness center, and facilities dedicated to wellness therapy, athletic training, and recreation.

Our health and physical education program prepares students to teach in an educational setting and, upon completion, leads to a state teaching certification for grades K-12 in health and physical education. The knowledge you gain in Marywood's program will assist you in encouraging your students to be lifelong learners, cooperate and collaborate with each other, develop responsibility, understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle,and apply the principles of wellness to their daily lives.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S. Health and Physical Education


This program, which leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, requires each student to successfully complete the following courses, in addition to the core curriculum component of the undergraduate curriculum.

Teacher Education majors must attain a minimum QPA of 3.00 to be admitted into the program and must maintain the 3.00 to graduate in this major. Teacher Education majors must also successfully complete upper level education admission and retention requirements.

Upper Level Admission, Retention (Completed with the Education Department)

Students make formal application for upper level teacher education courses as they complete 48 credits, often in the second semester of the sophomore year.

Requirements are as follows:

  1. application;
  2. recommendation from two faculty;
  3. cumulative overall QPA of 3.00 minimum;
  4. completion of 6 credits of college level math and 6 credits of college level English (3 credits in composition, 3 credits in literature);
  5. speech/hearing/communication screening;
  6. evidence of ongoing field experience with minimum of 40 hours (NOTE: Act 34/Act 151 fingerprint clearances are required for field experience participation);
  7. interview with faculty and practitioners;
  8. passing scores on PADA: Reading, PPST: Writing, and PPST: Math tests taken in first sophomore semester (involves fees);
  9. character reference.

Student teaching approval requires:

  1. completion of all admission procedures specified above;
  2. completion of prerequisite courses;
  3. completion of at least 190 hours of field experience, appropriately distributed over scope of sequence;
  4. minimum QPA of 3.00 overall;
  5. minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and also in the professional education sequence for secondary/K-12; Elementary Education majors need a QPA of 3.0 in the major and also in the minor;
  6. continuing recommendation of major department;
  7. Mantoux test (formerly TB) and other clearances specified locally.

Recommendation for certification requires:

  1. completion of degree requirements;
  2. completion of program in education (3.00 minimum QPA);
  3. completion of major (3.00 QPA).

Required courses for Health and Physical Education majors and their credit amounts are as follows. Students must receive a “C” or better in the following courses. The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Health and Physical Education Courses: (34.5 credits)

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 121L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 122L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II
ATES 132 Personal and Community Health
ATES 160 Foundations of Physical Education
ATES 210 Anatomical Concepts
ATES 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
ATES 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
ATES 225 Physiology of Exercise
ATES 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab
ATES 236 Tests and Measurements 3
ATES 324 Motor Learning 2
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education
ATES 424 Organization and Administration

B.S. Health and Physical Education Teacher Education. Must take all classes listed below:

ATES 201 Team Sports 2
ATES 202 Recreation Sports 2
ATES 203 Individual Sports 2

Teacher Education Major Courses (47.5 credits):

ATES 115 Basic Aquatics
HPE 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education
HPE 242, 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory
HPE 322 School Health
HPE 346 Methods in Secondary Physical Education
HPE 346L Methods in Secondary Physical Education Lab
EDUC 000 Field Experience (every semester)
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­-12 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
PSY 251 Developmental Psychology
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
†EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction K-12
†EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education
†SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptation 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials and Assessment in Teaching ELL 3
MATH Elective
EDUC 442N Student Teaching

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching
† Upper level admission and retention in Education Department Required.