Health and Physical Education at Messiah College
Experience a broad-based health and physical education training program, backed by the resources of Messiah’s championship-winning NCAA Division III athletics program.
With health and physical fitness becoming a major focus of health care across the U.S., there has never been a more important time to consider a major in health and physical education. Messiah’s program will prepare you to positively impact people by completing the state requirements to take the exam to become certified to teach health and physical education for grades K-12. Your Pennsylvania teaching certification is transferable to many other states through reciprocity agreements. Our graduates are also well-prepared to enter graduate school.
You will learn how physical activity affects mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Participation in a variety of cooperative and/or competitive experiences will deepen your understanding about the appropriate stewardship of the physical body and the value of healthful behavior for daily living. You will participate in extensive practical experiences in local schools, with the opportunity to student-teach in rural or urban settings with diverse populations.
Training for the health and physical education major, both in and outside of the classroom, includes access to the proven faculty, coaching staff and facilities of Messiah’s championship-winning NCAA Division III athletics program.
Health and physical education major distinctives
As a health and physical education teaching major, you will be able to:
- Have access to facilities that include: a human performance lab, weight room, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, exercise science lab, and a bouldering wall and expansive Challenge course
- Gain a dual certification in health and physical education. Pennsylvania is one of the few states to offer dual certification.
- Experience 15 weeks of student teaching in elementary and secondary placements - 3 weeks more than the state's minimum requirement
- Benefit from advisor assistance and counseling from your first year through the process of seeking employment.
Career options for health and physical education majors
As a graduate of the health and physical education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Health education teacher
- Physical education teacher
- Personal trainer
- Graduate student
Internship and teaching opportunities for health and physical education majors
Messiah helps place students in a variety of health and physical education field placements. A few examples include:
- Observation in local schools
- 15-week student teaching experience
- Teaching in rural or urban settings with diverse populations
Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance
The Department of Health and Human Performance is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Health and Human Performance by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- Clubs and student organizations include the Athletic Training Students Association, Sports Management Society, and Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
- Opportunity to work on a human cadaver (pre-physical therapy and pre-professional students)
- Professors' area of research include: youth sports and ethical issues; health education, race/ethnicity; sponsorship and marketing; and strength and conditioning.
- 98 percent acceptance rate into physical therapy, allied health, and other related graduate programs
- Excellent on-campus facilities such as Messiah's extensive applied human physiology lab, athletic training facilities, weight room, natatorium, indoor jogging track, and the Falcon Fitness Center.