Effective immediately the HHP department will enforce the following policy: students MUST pass the PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) exam by August 15 prior to their Junior year (or for non-traditional students the fall in which they enroll in TEP 310 and HPED 326). This enables students to enter the TEP and enroll in their Junior Field Experience and HPED 326 (Curriculum and Instruction in Health Education). If a student fails to complete the PAPA requirement by August 15, that student will be required to either 1) change majors or 2) stay at Messiah an additional year to complete the curriculum as it is designed. There will be NO exceptions
The Health & Physical Education major offers professional teacher preparation in health and physical education. Satisfactory completion of this program and meeting all requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, leads to public school teaching certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The certification is valid for teaching both health and physical education, grades K-12. As part of the teacher certification program, students participate in early and continuing field experiences which provide opportunities to observe and participate in local schools prior to student teaching. The health and physical education teacher certification major includes a semester of student teaching plus related professional experiences.