Program Overview

The goal of the BS in Health and Physical Education program is simple: train exceptional teachers who positively impact K-12 students and promote lifetime physical activity, fitness and health. WCU has been educating educators since its founding in 1871, and has been preparing health and physical education teachers for the classroom since 1889. As a student, you will be a part of a long and storied tradition of excellence in teaching. Our program is a cohort model, allowing students to build connections and friendships quickly within our supportive environment. You will be immersed in local schools from your very first class, and will be on the cutting-edge of teaching thanks to a curriculum that evolves to keep up with the industry demands. Get Involved:

  • Adapted Physical Activities
  • Club Phi Epsilon Kappa (honor fraternity)
  • Physical Education Club
  • Annual Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD)
  • Convention Annual Student Leadership Conference.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Leads to certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Faculty experts
  • Opportunities for collaborative research
  • 600+ study abroad options
  • Cohort program
  • Minors available in:
    • Coaching
    • Exercise Science
    • Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities
    • Conference and convention attendance and presentation opportunities

What can I do with this degree?

While the BS in Health and Physical Education trains students to become teachers, our graduates have taken many different paths including: Adapted physical education teacher Director of athletics and student activities Education management Head coach Health and physical education teachers Health and wellness consultant Manager, school health programs Principal They have also chosen to pursue graduate education at institutions around the country including:

  • Grand Canyon University
  • Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Holy Family University
  • Immaculata University
  • Penn State University
  • Rowan University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • West Chester University
  • West Virginia University
  • Widener University
  • Wilkes University

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