Health and Physical Education (B.A.) with K-12 Teaching

Health and Physical Education Teaching Certification

School of Science, Engineering and Health

Department of Health and Human Performance

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 obesity becoming a major health care concern 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 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.

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
  • 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.

Major/teaching certification requirements:

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Health and Phys Ed

“The professors truly want to see you succeed in all aspects of your life, and they go above and beyond to help you achieve that. They start out being your teachers and mentors, and quickly become your friends and family.”
- Amy Murray '04, Health & Physical Education

Department of Health and Human Performance
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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 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 (Health and exercise science major)
Excellent on-campus facilities such as Messiah's human performance lab, athletic training facilities, weight room, natatorium, indoor jogging track, and the Falcon Fitness Center.