Children and youth, more than ever before, need role models who live healthy and active lives, and graduates from a small, Catholic, Benedictine college will be well-positioned to help pupils have life-long physical success and spiritual health. Additionally, due to the unique SVC offerings in athletics and club sports (i.e., lacrosse, rugby, hockey, equestrian), graduates with the health and physical education certification will possess the experiences necessary to broaden and support regional sports that are popular within a community. As a result, graduates will be attractive to private academies and public schools alike.
The bachelor of science in health and physical education program will prepare students to teach grades PK-12 or to work in a variety of fields including coaching aquatics, specialized physical education, health and wellness programs and correctional settings for youth health and fitness.
The health and physical education program is designed to produce qualified and competent educators who meet the health and physical education needs of students in a diverse society; provide educational experiences that promote physical and health literacy, fitness and skill proficiency for PK-12 students; and prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to sit for licensure exams in both disciplines and to qualify to teach health and physical education at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
BL 150/150 General Biology I and Lab – 4 credits
BL 245 Exercise Physiology – 3 credits
NU 110 Wellness – 3 credits
INTS 250 or NU 106 - Fundamentals of Nutrition or Nutrition – 3 credits
PY 250 Addictive Behaviors – 3 credits
BA 209 Sports Administration – 3 credits
PY 275 Sport Psychology – 3 credits
PY 322 Health Psychology – 3 credits
PS 374 Sports Law – 3 credits
HPE 120 ER Care and Prevention of Injury – 3 credits
HPE 125 Gymnastics and Systematic Exercise – 1 credit
HPE 130 Swimming and Water Safety – 1 credit
HPE 135 Racquet Sports – 1 credit
HPE 140 Baseball and Softball – 1 credit
HPE 210 Volleyball and Basketball – 1 credit
HPE 215 Soccer and Lacrosse – 1 credit
HPE 220 Football and Rugby – 1 credit
HPE 225 Wrestling and Track and Field – 1 credit
HPE 230 Strength and Weightlifting – 1 credit
HPE 315 Dance and Aerobics – 1 credit
HPE 320 Games, Athletic Activities and Recreation – 1 credit
HPE 325 Adaptive Physical Education – 3 credits
HPE 330 Alternative Sport – 1 credit
HPE 340 Customized Training and Assessment – 3 credits
ED 142 Mathematics for Teachers – 3 credits
ED 103 Field Experience I: K-12 – 1 credit
ED 115 Educational Psychology – 3 credits
ED 205 Strategies and Techniques of Instruction – 3 credits
ED 206 Field Experience II: Strategies and Techniques of Instruction – 1 credit
ED 290 Psychology of the Exceptional Student – 3 credits
ED 208 Classroom Partnerships and Inclusion – 3 credits
ED 220 Reading, Writing and Differentiation in the Content Area – 3 credits
ED ??? Teaching of Health and Physical Education K-12 – 3 credits
ED 322 Field Experience III: Secondary Instruction/K-12 and Theory – 3 credits
ED 400 Field Experience IV: Pre-Student Teaching Practicum – 2 credits
ED 410 Field Experience V: Student Teaching – 9 credits
ED 411 Professional Seminar – 3 credits
CORE 1400 – Listening Seminar – 3 credits
CORE 1100 – Theological Foundations – 3 credits
CORE 1200/ED 100 – Education Foundations – 3 credits
CORE 1200/HI 263 – Play Ball – 3 credits
CORE 1300 – Investigating and Reasoning – 3 credits
CORE 1500 – Core Writing – 3 credits
CORE 1510 – Effective and Charitable Communication – 3 credits
CORE 1600 – Ethics and Service - 3 credits
CORE 2400 – Listening Seminar – 3 credits
CORE 2100 – Theological Foundations – 3 credits
CORE 2200/PY 214 – Adolescent Development – 3 credits
CORE 2300/NSCI – Human Anatomy and Kinesiology with Lab - 4 credits
CORE 2500 – Effective and Charitable Communication – 3 credits
CORE 2600/ED 390 – Promoting Youth Cultural Competence and Diversity – 3 credits
CORE 3400 – Loving Seminar – 3 credits
of recent education graduates (2019-20) have seen success since graduating.
recent graduates have accepted full-time teaching positions.
recent graduates enrolled in graduate school or fellowship programs.
recent graduates hold long-term or building substitute positions.
of the entire class of 2020 is employed or furthering their education.
Through the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement, Pennsylvania allows individuals who have completed a teacher preparation program, or who have already become teachers in other states, to be awarded Pennsylvania teaching certification through reciprocity. Requirements of candidates through reciprocity are the following:
Been awarded a baccalaureate degree.
Completed a state-approved teacher education program, including a supervised student teaching experience, leading to a comparable or broader certificate in the member state.
Received the recommendation from the certification officer at the college or university on an application form designated by this Bureau.
Complied with all ancillary requirements, including Pennsylvania tests and 3.0 GPA. Six credits in math and six credits in English are also required for full certification.
Met all Pennsylvania requirements related to citizenship as well as moral, ethical and physical/mental fitness.
For more information about the process of earning teaching certification through reciprocity, explore the Pennsylvania Department of Education website, or call 717-728-3224. Information about Interstate agreements can be found here: PDE Interstate Certification Agreement.
Students holding a Pennsylvania teaching certification can also transfer their teaching certificate to any of the states listed below without completing a teacher education program within that state. Each state may have different testing and application requirements, but PA certified candidates can apply to transfer their certificate, and if need be, take the specific state’s licensure exam(s). Students need to check each state's department of education website for specific information on what is needed to transfer a PA certificate.
The following are member states of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement that have signed reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania:
Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming