Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science

B.S. in Health Education & Physical Education


The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a highly respected dual undergraduate major in health education and physical education that prepares you to teach both disciplines in elementary, middle and high schools. The redesigned 127-credit 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in the Health Education and Physical Education program will provide you with greater career flexibility and will lead to New York State Initial Teaching Certification in two distinct disciplines. 

Students in the program learn effective techniques of classroom management, curriculum design, and lesson planning for children in Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Liberal arts courses in biology equip you with knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. 

The Health Education component examines nutrition, health care services, sexuality and family planning, personal well-being, and drugs in contemporary society. You will learn how to encourage children and teenagers, in a non-judgmental approach, to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to health issues.

The Physical Education portion shows you how to create a program that motivates children and adolescents to stay fit. You will learn how to organize movement activities, create rules and regulations, conduct lessons that allow for maximum practice opportunity, analyze student performance and identify sports-related injuries. 

In both disciplines, you will gain extensive field-based experience through methods classes and student teaching in local school districts. 

Career Options
We provide versatile educational experiences that lead to a wide range of employment opportunities in each discipline, including K-12 teaching in health education and physical education, coaching, sports officiating, physical training,  recreational programming, and health education programming and promotion within schools and communities, to name a few. 


Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits

HPE 201

Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education

3.00

PE 139

Skills, Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Football and Ultimate Frisbee

3.00

HE 201

Critical Health Issues I

3.00

PE 106

Fitness and Conditioning

2.00

PE 138

Skills, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Team Handball

3.00

HE 202

Critical Health Issues II

3.00

EDI 14

Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education

3.00

HE 255

Nutrition for the K-12 Educator

3.00

EDS 60

Literacy Development: Birth – Grade 6

3.00

HE 204

Human Sexuality and the Family

3.00

HE 205

Substance Abuse

3.00

PE 255

Motor Learning and Development

3.00

PE 257

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

2.00

HPE 293

Technology in Physical Education and Health Education

1.00

PE 203

Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

4.00

PED 260

Curriculum Design in Physical Education

3.00

PED 261

Secondary Methods in Physical Education

4.00

PE 299

Exercise Physiology

4.00

PED 262

Elementary Methods in PE

4.00

PED 263

Teaching the Individual with Special Needs

3.00

HED 261

Methods of Teaching Health Education

4.00

HPE 202

Responding to Emergencies

2.00

HPE 295

Measurement and Evaluation

3.00

HPE 296

Student Teaching in Physical Education

8.00

HPE 298

Student Teaching Seminar

2.00


Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
4
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 68
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 127

Courses

EDI 14 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education

The analyses of major movements, educational legislation, institutions, men, women and thoughts in education are considered in regard to current trend. Emphasis is on the implications of the analyses for modern educational principles and practices.

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring


EDS 60 Literacy Development: Birth-Grade 6

This course addresses strategies and resources for childhood language acquisition and current principles and practices in teaching literacy. Relevant approaches and research findings that can be used in the classroom setting will be explored. Students have the opportunity to observe and ex- plore various ways literacy is used in the classroom.

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring



HPE 106 Fitness and Conditioning (All Levels)


Students will examine the concepts involved in physical conditioning and will develop an appropriate exercise program. The course will also examine how diet, nutrition, stress, and lifestyle play a role in one's well-being.

Credits: 2

Every Fall and Spring


HPE 202 Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED

Students will learn basic knowledge and procedures for first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the AED through lecture, demonstration and laboratory work. Emphasis will be given to emergency conditions likely to occur in educational settings and sports-related traumas. Students may earn First Aid and CPR certification.

Credits: 2 Every Spring

HPE 205 Substance Abuse & Related Issues*

This course is an examination of the uses of prescription, over-the-counter and consciousness-altering drugs in contemporary America. Emphasis is placed on making improved health-related decisions when confronted by substance use. A non-judgmental approach is used to encourage students to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to drug usage.

*May be taken and recognized as Liberal Arts credit.

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring


HPE 293 Technology in Physical Education & Health Education

This course provides an introduction to the use of technology: specifically applications and software that are used in both physical education and health education.

Credits: 1 Every Spring


PE 299 Exercise Physiology

This course is an introduction to the physiological basis of exercise and physical activity with practical applications of the concepts to the fields of health, physical education, and athletics. Laboratory experiences are designed to demonstrate the physiological effects of activity, and the use of measurement techniques will be included.

Pre requisites: BIO 7, BIO 8 and PE 203 or permission of the instructor is required.

Credits: 4 Every Spring

HED 261 Methods of Teaching Health Education 

This course is designed to enable to student to be prepared for student teaching. Students taking this course will know the foundations of health education and will be able to practice the skills of a health educator. The Health Education Behavioral Skills and Content Areas will be aligned with both the State and National Standards, Youth Risk Behaviors, and health teacher competency skills.

The students will be provided the opportunity to develop and teach units of study, lesson plans, and performance strategies that promote life-long behaviors that lead to a high level of wellness.

Credits: 4 Every Spring

PED 260 Curriculum Design in Physical Education

This course examines the process of curriculum design including the basic principles of curriculum development and curriculum planners. Emphasis is on developing a philosophy of Physical Education, selecting a curriculum theory reflective of that philosophy, and designing a curriculum based on both. Principles learned in this class are then applied to PED 261, PED 262, and PED 263.

Corequisite of PED 261and Dept approval is required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

PED 261 Secondary Methods in Physical Education

This course focuses on the characteristics of adolescent students and how effective secondary school physical education programs are planned, taught, and evaluated. Particular emphasis is placed on physical education content, knowledge, and on developing the skills necessary to become competent secondary school physical educators.

Course content includes peer teaching, supervised clinical teaching, and field experience at local schools.

Co-requisite of PED 260 and Dept approval is required.

Credits: 4 Every Fall

PED 262 Elementary Methods in Physical Education

This course focuses on designing and conducting developmentally appropriate physical education lessons in grades K-6. Particular emphasis is placed on designing and conducting lessons that allow for maximum practice opportunity accompanied by performance analysis and assessment. Course content includes peer teaching, supervised clinical teaching, and field experience at local schools.

Prerequisite of PED 260 and co-requisite of PED 263 are required.

Credits: 4 Every Spring

PED 263 Teaching the Individual with Special Needs

This course focuses on the recognition of disabling conditions and the motor limitations of each; special problems encountered; and methods for improving the effectiveness of teaching adapted physical education in the school curriculum. Field experience in an adapted setting is required.

Prerequisite of HPE major and 12 credits in major are required.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

HPE 201 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education

This course is an overview of the foundations and roles of physical education and sport and health in society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, personal, and administrative aspects of physical education and sport. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific and scholarly disciplines that support the fitness, physical education and health education professions.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

PE 203 Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of human motion, including anatomical/mechanical descriptions of movement, and an analysis of basic locomotion and selected sports skills. Laboratory experiences develop competencies in error identification and correction for teachers of movement. Three hours lecture plus two hours laboratory per week. This course has an additional lab fee.

Prerequisites BIO 7 and 8 or instructor permission are required.

Credits: 4  Every Fall

PE 255 Motor Learning and Development*

This course is a discussion of studies, concepts, and principles related to human motor behavior and learning. Physical, mental and emotional factors of skill acquisition, growth and development, environmental considerations, personality factors, and other aspects of skill learning are included.

*Can be applied as liberal arts credit Prerequisite of HPE 201 is required. Credits: 3

Every Spring

PE 257 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries The course is an introduction to athletic training/sports medicine through basic methods of preventing, assessing, and treating common sports- related injuries.

Prerequisite of PE 203 or BIO 118 is required. Credits: 2

Every Fall

HPE 295 Measurement and Evaluation

This course will focus on the purposes and principles of measurement and evaluation in physical education and health education. Students will learn  appropriate measurement instruments to evaluate individual and group performance. The statistical procedures required to organize, summarize, analyze and interpret data will be explored. Laboratory experiences are designed to support measurement theory.

Prerequisites of HPE 201, PE 255, and PE 299 are required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

Choose one of the following PE 138 or PE 139
PE 138 Skills - Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Team Handball

This course will introduce students to the art of teaching motor and sport skills in Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, and Team Handball. Students will be expected to acquire the basic skills of each activity and learn teaching strategies to effectively teach them to students.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

PE 139 Skills - Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, and Football/Ultimate Frisbee This course will introduce students to the art of

teaching motor and sport skills in Softball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, and Football/Ultimate Frisbee. Students will be expected to acquire the basic skills of each activity and learn teaching strategies to effectively teach them to students.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 201 Critical Health Issues I*

This course is a discussion of various health problems that are of greatest concern to individual, community, and future health educators: 1) the wellness concept; 2) chronic diseases; 3) communicable diseases; 4) environmental effects on health; 5) genetic disorders.

*May be taken and recognized as Liberal Arts credit.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 202 Critical Health Issues II

This course is an introduction to the major theories associated with mental health, methods of stress management, and methods of handling emotions in everyday life.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

HE 204 Human Sexuality and the Family

This course includes a general discussion of human sexuality and the family through a values approach. Various problems in human sexuality are discussed through a broad range of psychological and philosophical disciplines. The course attempts an examination of the place and meaning of sexuality and the family in our education, lives and society. Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring

HE 255 Nutrition for the K-12 Educator

This course provides students with an introduction to the basic principles of nutrition and their relationship to good health. Included is the following: the evaluation of current nutritional information and misinformation with emphasis on critical thinking to determine optimal dietary choices; the study of the major dietary goals and guidelines; and the examination of weight maintenance techniques, eating disorders, food labeling, food safety and special needs at various stages of life. An additional focus is on applying content material in a classroom setting for students in grades K-12.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

HPE 296 Student Teaching in Health Education and Physical Education

This course is designed to meet the certification requirements for those students pursuing a double major in both Health Education and Physical Education. A minimum of 500 hours in teaching and observation is required. Students must be prepared to spend the entire school day in the public schools during the semester of registration in this course.

Corequisite of HPE 298 and Dept approval is required

Credits: 8

HPE 298 Student Teaching Seminar

All Physical Education and/or dual Health Education & Physical Education students registered in student teaching must attend this mandatory weekly seminar that is designed to discuss lesson plans, units, current topics, and issues in the school setting.

Co-requisites of PED 297 or HED 297 or HPE 296 and Dept consent are required.

Credits: 2


Every Fall and Spring




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