Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

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

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 3.0 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.


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements84-87

* 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.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Additional Rock Studies 2 Requirements (12 credits)
CDEV 248Human Development and Education3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
SEFE 326ELL Strategies and Practice3
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners3
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


From at least 3 categories; no more than 6 credits from one department; 6 credits must be 300-level or above.

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


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

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 Wellness6
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 13
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 Practice 13
SEFE 342Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 13
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

Course counts for 50% of Major, but not for Major GPA


Course must be taken in sequence within block and a 'C' or better is required. Course required for Acceptance into Teacher Candidacy.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

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

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Student leadership development
  4. Service-learning classes
  5. Career education and development
  6. Internship
  7. Volunteering

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
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
Calculus I
Calculus II
Foundations of Mathematical Proof
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
Elementary Statistics I
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
Revised 07.17.2023
UCC 03.05.20

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
PE 107 Aquatic Fundamentals 1 3
PE 191 Foundations of School Wellness 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 1 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 2 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
PE 152 Principles of School Wellness I 1 3
PE 227 Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 1 3
STAT 152 Elementary Statistics I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Second Year
PE 202 Technology for Wellness 3
PE 383 Motor Development and Learning 3
PE 268 Contemporary Topics in Health 3
CDEV 248 Human Development and Education 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Minor Coursework 0-3
Apply to Teacher Candidacy (48 credit hours)
PE 243 Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 3
PE 258 Social & Emotional Wellness 3
PE 360 Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Physical Activity/Lab 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Minor Coursework 0-3
Third Year
Accepted to Teacher Candidacy
PE 310 Elementary School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 3
PE 328 School Nutrition and Wellness 3
PE 253 Principles of School Wellness II 3
PE 241 Outdoor Pursuits 3
SEFE 326 ELL Strategies and Practice 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
PE 311 Middle School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 3
PE 312 Secondary School Wellness Skills and Fitness Activities 3
PE 452 Elementary Strategies for School Wellness 6
SEFE 342 Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners 3
Minor Coursework 0-3
Fourth Year
PE 462 Secondary Strategies in School Wellness 6
PE 472 School Wellness Assessment and Promotion 3
PE 473 Professionalism, Advocacy and Leadership in Physical Activity 3
Minor Coursework 0-3
PE 455 Student Teaching - Physical Education 12
 Total Hours**121-133

Course requires a grade of C or better


Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.


Either through elective courses, or on their own, students are required to obtain CPR/First Aid Instructor Certification prior to graduation.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 1158
Concentration Code: SWED
Revised 09.14.2023