Jun 16, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate 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 individuals 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.


Joanne Leight


Sherri Novad 


Robert Arnhold, Wei Bian, Hannah Brewer, Gary Clark, 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: 

  •           School Wellness Education - 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 and wellness educators will grow faster than the average for all occupations for the foreseeable future. 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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