May 26, 2019  
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical and Health Education

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Physical and Health Education


Office: 109 Morrow Field House
Phone: 724-738-2072


Vision for the future—-What our students will do
Graduates of the SRU Physical and Health Education Department will be leaders who educate and empower individual to be physically active and healthy and who advocate the benefits associated with a healthy lifestyle.

Mission-Current—Day to Day—What we do
Prepare graduates, who are passionate about health, physical activity and fitness, to promote lifelong physical activity, cognitive function, and overall physical wellness.


Randy Nichols

Sis Warcup 

Pamela Arnhold, Robert Arnhold, Wei Bian, Hannah Brewer, Wendy Fagan, Ethan Hull, Dallas Jackson, Istvan Kovacs, Joanne Leight, Wenhao Liu,  Randall Nichols, Robert Ogoreuc, Jeffrey Smith,  Traci Zillifro 

The Department of Physical and Health Education offers a major degree program in Health and Physical Education. The two tracks are: 

  • Teacher Certification Program that prepares students to teach both health and physical education in grades K-12
  • Physical Activity and Fitness Management that prepare students to teach, lead and manage physical activity and fitness in community and commercial settings

Statistics project the employment of health educators will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. These careers continue to grow as a direct result of healthcare costs and increasing need for awareness of disease prevention and health promotion. This results in the Need for Aquatic Professionals - Adapted Physical Activity Professionals - Outdoor Professionals - and Coaching Education Professionals.

Students are also encouraged to include an additional minor in one of the following: aquatics or coaching. The total program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base in health and physical education pedagogy.

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