Academic Catalog

Health Education and Physical Education (Teaching) Major — B.S.

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2021

The dual major in health education and physical education enables students to become certified to teach in two areas. On graduation, students are eligible for New York State initial teacher certification in both health education and physical education. This dual certification offers increased professional opportunities, and it meets the needs of students who desire to teach both health education and physical education in the public schools of New York State. Students who complete the dual major are eligible to apply for teacher certification after successfully completing the appropriate examinations. New York certification requires the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations; other states may require the Praxis examination or other designated state teaching examination.

Coursework includes strong preparation in the liberal arts, health and exercise sciences, physical education, teacher education, professional theory, and professional skills. A full semester of student teaching in the senior year is required. This is divided into two placements. New York State requires one of the placements to be in a high needs school. It should be noted that because this program prepares students in two areas, there is relatively little room left for electives. For those students whose career interests lie within these areas, however, this program offers considerable depth in two highly related areas, within a challenging curriculum.

Medical clearance by Ithaca College’s health center is required for participation in any activity course. Students who do not have such clearance will not be able to complete the requirements for this degree program.

All candidates for teaching certification must attend workshops on child-abuse identification and prevention, school violence prevention, and Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA). The evening workshops are offered each semester. For more information about certification requirements and for information about fingerprinting requirements, see the “Office of Teaching and Certification” page of the Department of Education website.

Special Academic Status Policy for Health Education and Physical Education (Dual) Major

Acceptance into and retention in the health education and physical education major is subject to compliance with the following academic standards:

  1. GPA Requirement: All students in teacher education programs in HPPE must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA at the end of each semester of their first year.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA at the end of each semester. If the cumulative GPA falls below the required standard, the student will be placed on program warning. The student will be provided with one semester to attain the requisite cumulative GPA. Any student who fails to meet the standard for two consecutive semesters is subject to dismissal from the program.

  2. Demonstrated Success in Core Courses: Students must receive at least a C in all required courses with an EDUC, PHED or HLTH designation and maintain a 2.50 GPA throughout their first year and 2.75 GPA throughout sophomore, junior and senior years. Failure to meet a C grade mandates repeating the course. Students will not be allowed to participate in student teaching (PHED 44500HLTH 44500 and HLTH 44800/PHED 44800) until the student achieves a grade of C or above in EDUC, PHED or HLTH required courses.
  3. Student Teaching Application: Students must file an application for student teaching during the year prior to the student teaching experience. The student is responsible for attending all department meetings and to respond to emails from the Coordinator of Student Teaching about the application, placement sites, and deadlines. The application for student teaching requires that the student possess a current American Red Cross CPR card.

  4. Student Teaching Grade: Students may not complete the program with a grade lower than a B in the following courses. The degree cannot be granted if this standard is not met.
    HLTH 44500Student Teaching in Health Education (dual major)5
    PHED 44500Student Teaching in Physical Education (dual major)5
    HLTH 44800Seminar in Health Education2
    or PHED 44800 Professional Seminar


Exercise science component8
Professional content and pedagogy: health education30
Professional content and pedagogy: physical education28
Professional education component14
Integrative Core Curriculum 125-26
Complimentary Liberal Arts - Required14
Free electives5-6
Total Credits125

Degree Requirements 

EXSS 12000Anatomy and Physiology I4
EXSS 12100Anatomy and Physiology II4
HLTH 13901Technology for the Professional Edge3
HLTH 15200Introduction to Health and Physical Education3
HLTH 20200Human Nutrition3
HLTH 21300Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Healing3
HLTH 22800Human Sexuality3
HLTH 31500Family Health Problems3
HLTH 35000Drug Use and Abuse3
HLTH 36000Curriculum and Materials in Health Education3
HLTH 42000Teaching Strategies in Health Education3
PHED 43900Assessment in Physical Education3
or HLTH 43900 Assessment in Health Education
PHED 10100Teaching Strategies in Physical Education1
PHED 14400Fundamentals of Dance and Movement1
PHED 17800Fundamental Movement Concepts Gymnastics1
PHED 20200Teaching Goal-Oriented Games in Physical Education1
PHED 20400Teaching Net/Wall Games in Physical Education1
PHED 20500Teaching Target and Fielding Games in Physical Education1
PHED 20700Teaching Outdoor Pursuits and Contemporary Activities1
PHED 20800Teaching Individual Activities in Physical Education1
PHED 21200Motor Skills Development3
PHED 23000Teaching Physical Activities in Elementary Physical Education3
PHED 23400Fitness Applications for Health Promotion4
PHED 23500Teaching Fitness in Physical Education1
PHED 33000Adapted Physical Education and Sport3
PHED 33200Curriculum and Methods in Elementary School Physical Education3
PHED 33300Curriculum and Methods in Secondary School Physical Education3
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 19210Child Abuse Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19230School Violence Prevention0
EDUC 19240Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention0
HLTH 44500Student Teaching in Health Education (dual major)5
PHED 44500Student Teaching in Physical Education (dual major)5
PHED 44800Professional Seminar 12
or HLTH 44800 Seminar in Health Education
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 22900Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators2
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
Language elective 26
Total Credits94