Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education program will prepare you to teach grades K-12, or to work in a number of fields from coaching and aquatics, to facilitating health and wellness programs in correctional settings.

What You'll Study

K-12 Certification Degree

LHU’s state and nationally accredited program will prepare you to become a certified health and physical education teacher for grades K-12. This track offers extensive hands-on professional development activities. These learning experiences occur in a variety of educational settings.

Topics covered include:

  • Sport and Fitness Related Teaching Methods Courses
  • Health Related Content
  • Early Hands-on Teaching Experiences



Correctional Settings Concentration

Feedback from many recent graduates prompted the department to develop this track. With a high demand for professionals in the area of health and physical education, graduates can find employment in county, state, federal, and private correctional settings. The field experience for this track is completed in a correctional setting.

Topics covered include:

  • Physical Education and Sport in the Correctional Institution
  • Management and Leadership of Sport
  • Therapeutic Recreation Methods and Techniques


Aquatics Concentration or Minor

You may choose to either follow the aquatics track or to minor in aquatics. No matter which path you choose, you’ll become an expert in the area of aquatics with the capacity to earn a number of certifications. Graduates often find jobs in health and fitness facilities, sport settings, or as aquatics program administrators.

Topics covered include:

  • Teaching Lifetime Activities
  • Advanced Techniques/Coaching Swimming/Diving
  • Management of Aquatics Programs and Facilities



Coaching Concentration or Minor

Whether taking up the coaching track or minor, the combination of courses from sport administration and health and physical education will prepare you for a number of careers in sport.




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Program Highlights

  • Blocked Classes: The Secondary Education programs at LHU offer two “blocked” groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled in the sophomore year and the other in the senior year. Each block includes a subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas.
  • Student Teaching: Beginning in your sophomore year, you will participate in a variety of experiences. Over the course of four years, you will spend 60 semester hours in public schools and other career related environments. Education majors complete two student teaching placements during their senior year. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Mentorship Program: A mentorship program between first year students and current successful junior and senior health and physical education majors helps you become acclimated to the college atmosphere and to learn the ropes of the program.
  • Careers: With a degree in health and physical education, you can gain employment as a health and/or physical education teacher in a K-12 setting. But the opportunities don’t end there. Many coaching positions exist for all educational levels, including higher education. Graduates also work in the following areas:
    • Health Clubs
    • Correctional Facilities
    • YMCA programs
    • Sports Management
    • Professional Sports and Recreation programs

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Brett Everhart
Dr. Kim Everhart
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Ms. Michelle Eaton
Dr. Cengiz Yakut

Want to Know More?

Department of Health and Physical Education

Dr. Brett Everhart
105 Zimmerli Gymnasium, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2956

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