​If you have a passion for health, fitness, and working with people to improve their quality of life, a degree in health and physical education is right for you. Currently the health trends of our nation continue to decline as obesity, hypokinetic disease, mental health issues, substance abuse, and many more health complications are rising. As a health and physical educator, you will be prepared to be the front line of defense to educate and induce behavioral change in K-12 students to improve their health and wellbeing for a lifetime.

As a health and physical education major, you will be equipped with the following knowledge and skills to teach:

  • Health concepts such as nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse prevention, human sexuality, and disease prevention,
  • Functional motor competency,
  • Resistance and cardiovascular training techniques,
  • Fitness plan development,
  • Lifelong physical activities.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

The major in Health and Physical Education leads to certification to teach health and physical education in grades K-12. The student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Prior to declaring the major/minor, the student must have an overall 2.5 GPA.
  2. To gain approval to student teach, each student must:
    • have an overall GPA of 2.7;
    • have received a grade of C+ or better in HPE 346, 348, 386, and 435;
    • have current CPR and First Aid Certification.
  3. At least 15 hours of this major must be completed at CMU.
  4. A minimum 2.7 GPA (B-) must be earned in all teaching majors.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (49 hours)

​A course covering the foundations of physical education curriculum development and the steps and procedures involved with designing a K-12 program. Writing Intensive. Pre/Co-requisite: PES 115. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Theory and practice in sexuality education within schools and communities. Emphasis is on legal implications, program requirements and implementation to meet national and state guidelines. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​One of two introductory content courses in health education covering: nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, growth and development, and disease prevention. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​One of two introductory health content courses covering: environmental health, unintentional injury, suicide, mental and emotional health, violence prevention, and character education. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

The development of skills and strategies used in competitive environments in individual and team sports. Emphasis on form, teaching progressions, and effective drills. Pre/Co-requisite: HPE 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Planning, implementation and assessment of fitness education techniques and modalities for grades 5-12. Prerequisite: HPE 215WI; Recommended: PES 186QR. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

This course will enable health and physical education students to develop planning skills for health and wellness programs in the school setting. Pre/Co-requisites: HPE 222 or 223 or 224. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Program development and effective teaching practices for PK–5 grade level students in Health and Physical Education. Prerequisites: HPE 215, 340. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Methods in teaching secondary school health education. Prerequisite: HPE 340. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0)

​A broad spectrum of methods used in secondary physical education. Emphasis on teaching and development of reflective teaching practices including assessment of teaching performance. Prerequisite: HPE 325; Pre/Corequisite: HPE 323. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Physical needs of the atypical individual; ameliorative effects of physical activity, school programs appropriate for exceptional children. Prerequisite: HPE 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Selection, criteria, methods, and procedures used in assessing the cognitive, psychomotor, affective, and health-related physical fitness domains in K-12 health and physical education. Prerequisites: HPE 215, 340. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Clinical Experience in Health and Physical Education including a 60-hour on-site field experience. Prerequisites: HPE 344, 346, 348. 

Credits 2(Spec)

Contact Hours (Spec) 

​Comprehensive experience in health and physical education addressing competencies, professionalism, and issues in health and physical education including planning, instruction, assessing, ethics, collaboration, and advocacy. Prerequisite: HPE 416; Pre/Co-requisite: HPE 425. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

​Comprehensive study of motor development across the lifespan as a change in functional capacity from prenatal development to elderly adult movement patterns. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Designed to enable lifetime fitness for individuals from all backgrounds. Study and demonstrate physical fitness concepts; develop and implement personal fitness program. Quantitative Reasoning. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Components of successful motor performance, theories of learning, nervous system function, practice methods, teaching methodology, and psychological concepts related to physical education, coaching, and rehabilitation. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 24 credit hours; Recommended: PES 115, PSY 100. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Total: 49 semester hours