Department of Health and Physical Education

Our Department provides a structured curriculum and professional experiences to prepare you to teach physical education, work within the health, coaching, and fitness fields, or qualify for further graduate studies.

Department Chair
Brett Everhart, Ed.D.

 105 Zimmerli Gymnasium

(570) 484-2956


The faculty and staff in the Department of Health and Physical Education provide a warm, inviting learning environment for our students while expecting students to reach meaningful learning and career goals while engaged in courses with high standards and quality practical experiences.  Students who major in one of our undergraduate degrees or complete one of our minors are treated like family and are guided along the way to strive for excellence while preparing to make an impact upon graduation in the career they choose.  Our success rate for graduates landing jobs is high, whether graduates choose to work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or venture to another state or country to work.  The field of Physical Education and Health Education has changed over the years and our majors are provided cutting-edge preparation within a teacher education degree which allows majors to graduate with dual certification in both Health as well as Physical Education.  This is typically completed within four years unless students choose to add a minor or take fewer courses than a typical load.  Employers seek Lock Haven University graduates who are certified to teach Health and Physical Education in PK-12 positions. As evidence for that is a recent communication from a school principal who wanted to let the department faculty know that his new teacher he had hired from LHU was outstanding!  This is a common sentiment from employers with recent LHU HPE grads working for them.  For those interested in coaching youth sports, interscholastic sports or collegiately, the BS degree in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in coaching provides a foundation and practical experiences to let graduates be successful in coaching positions.  The Coaching concentration is structured to let majors continue to seek coaching positions as well as work in physical activity and coaching settings like fitness centers, YMCA and sport organizations, but is flexible enough to allow students to opt to move into the BSED degree program for teacher certification.  This is true for the Aquatics concentration as well, which prepares students to work in a variety of professional positions related to swimming, aquatics instruction and management areas.  A third BS concentration that is becoming more popular in our department is Physical Education and Sport in Correctional Settings.  This degree partners with the Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Recreation Management and Department of Sport Studies to provide coursework and experiences that prepare students to work in prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers and more with a focus on sport, physical activity and leisure programs for individuals in those settings. 

The department also offers a graduate study concentration in Teaching Physical Education as a part of the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning degree as well as in the Alternative Education/Innovative Instruction degree program.  For more information on the undergraduate degrees and concentrations and the graduate concentrations, contact Dr. Brett Everhart, Department Chair of Health and Physical Education or peruse the links provided on our departmental web page.

Non-majors continue to take a variety of courses to meet learning outcomes for the university’s general education requirements for all students.  Wellness outcomes can be satisfied in HPED140 Wellness for Life for non-majors.  Global Awareness and Citizenship (non-historical) outcomes can be met by completing two departmental courses: (a) HPED145 Globalization and Cultural Differences in Sport and (b) HPED252 Physical Activity, Movement and Sport for Individuals with Disabilities (also meets Critical Thinking and the ethics focus of the GAC outcomes). Finally, HPED115 Teaching Invasion Sports 1 allows students in a few specific degree programs to meet Oral Communication learning outcomes requirements.  There is a growing trend for students to complete departmental courses for General Education learning outcomes requirements and decide to become a major in one of our degree programs after an enjoyable learning experience in one or more of these courses.

Come visit us in the Department of Health and Physical Education or contact us to communicate about joining our HPE family at The Haven!

Brett Signature

Department Chair, Health and Physical Education





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