Health & Physical Education - Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Field experience
  • Certification for Pre-K - 12 in PA
  • Variety of classes 

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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. Justus Hallam
Full Time Faculty

Angela Hillman, PhD. ECP
Full-Time Faculty
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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.

The Teacher Education Certification 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.

  • Approximately 85% go directly into careers as teachers.
  • Approximately 5% enter a program of graduate study.


I opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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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
HPE 132 Personal and Community Health
HPE 160 Foundations of Physical Education
HPE 210 Anatomical Concepts
HPE 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine 2
HPE 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy
HPE 225 Physiology of Exercise
HPE 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab
HPE 324 Motor Learning
HPE 326 Tests and Measurements
HPE 344 Adapted Physical Education
HPE 424 Organization and Administration

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

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

Teacher Education Major Courses (47.5 credits):

HPE 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/K­12 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.