Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Health and Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Concentration in School Wellness Education - Liberal Studies

Slippery Rock University's Health and Physical Teacher Education program prepares you to help students maintain healthy lifestyles both at school and outside the classroom. Do you want to inspire young people to learn healthy habits that decrease their chances of long-term health problems? Are you passionate about motivating children to start lifelong behaviors that lead them to healthy futures? Look no further than SRU's School Wellness Education concentration.

Majors in this program are awarded a Bachelor's in Education with a major in Health and Physical Education and a concentration in School Wellness. An educator with this degree can make all the difference in students' lives, as today's K-12 children are spending less time outside and are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Excellent Teaching: Develop teachers who educate and empower individuals to lead active healthy lifestyles.
  • Physical Health and Wellness: Develop teachers who prepare individuals for an active lifestyle through purposeful movement and healthy nutrition.
  • Social, Emotional and Cognitive Wellness: Develop teachers who prepare individuals with strategies to improve cognition, manage stress and positively interact with others.
  • School to Community Health and Wellness: Prepare teachers to coordinate and lead comprehensive wellness programs that promote health literacy and physical activity.
  • Professional Advocate and Leader: Develop professionals who model and value health and advocate for quality health and wellness in schools and communities.

Related Links

Health and Physical Education - School Wellness Education, BSED Program Page

Physical and Health Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PECT) or a 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PECT) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification.


Liberal Studies Requirements40
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements84

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal (This requirement is waived)0
Science, Technology & Math
Goal - Sci3
Goal - Sci3
Lab - Sci0-1
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from two of the following Enrichment areas:6
The Arts (This requirement is waived)
Global Community (This requirement is waived)
Total Hours40


Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

Pillar #1 – Teaching Excellence
PE 152Principles of School Wellness I 1,23
PE 253Principles of School Wellness II 1, 23
PE 452Elementary Strategies for School Wellness 1,26
PE 462Secondary Strategies in School Wellness 1,26
Pillar #2 – Physical Health & Wellness
PE 107Aquatic Fundamentals 13
PE 310Elementary School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 1,23
PE 311Middle School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 1,23
PE 312Secondary School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 1,23
PE 328School Nutrition and Wellness 1,23
PE 383Motor Development and Learning 1,23
Pillar #3 – Social & Emotional Health & Wellness
PE 241Outdoor Pursuits 13
PE 258Social & Emotional Wellness 13
PE 360Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Physical Activity/Lab 13
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners3
Pillar #4 – School to Community Health & Wellness
PE 191Foundations of School Wellness 13
PE 227Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity 13
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 13
PE 268Contemporary Topics in Health 13
Pillar #5 – Professional Advocacy & Leadership in Health & Wellness
PE 202Technology for Wellness 13
PE 472School Wellness Assessment and Promotion 1,23
PE 473Professionalism, Advocacy and Leadership in Physical Activity 13
PE 455Student Teaching - Physical Education 1,212
First Aid Competency
Select one of the following:0-3
CPR and First Aid & Safety Certifications
First Aid and Safety
Total Hours84-87

Recommended Electives

PE 115Yoga and Well-Being3
PE 334Applied Methodologies in Adventure3
PE 338Teaching and Leading Group Exercise3
PE 378Teaching and Leading of Strength and Resistance Training3
PE 446Water Safety Instruction3
HLTH 316Human Sexuality3

Important Information

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Basic Courses
PE 152Principles of School Wellness I3
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Reading
Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
Math Requirement
Select six credits from the following:3
Mathematics as a Liberal Art
Financial Mathematics
Quantitative Reasoning
Finite Mathematics with Matrices
Introduction to Applied Calculus
Discrete Mathematics
Elementary Mathematics I
Calculus I
Calculus II
Foundations of Mathematical Proof
Elementary Mathematics II
Elementary Statistics I
Elementary Statistics II
Introduction to Statistical Modeling
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Health & Physical Education (BSED) (1158)
Concentration in School Wellness Educ. (SWED)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019
UCC 03.05.20
Revised 08.17.20