ESU has been recognized as a leader in teacher preparation since it began as a Normal School in 1893.
The Department of Physical Education at ESU offers a bachelor of science degree with majors in Physical Education and Health Education. In addition, students may choose to become certified as a Physical Education and Health Teacher in Pennsylvania.
The Physical Education and Health Teacher certification program is a unique and dynamic curriculum for prospective teachers. A student in this area will be prepared to become a teacher of physical education and health in the public schools.
This 136-credit degree program leads to Commonwealth teaching certificates in Health Education (P-12), and Health and Physical Education (P-12). Students interested in this program must complete the degree requirements for both a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Only those students who satisfactorily complete all requirements in both the physical education and health education degree programs will be endorsed for certification to teach Health and Physical Education in Pennsylvania. Successful completion of the physical education teacher preparation program satisfies the academic requirements for a K-12 Health and Physical Education Teaching Certificate and K-12 Health Education Teaching Certificate in Pennsylvania, as well as eligibility for teacher certification in most other states.
The ESU physical education teacher preparation program is endorsed by NASPE/AAHPERD.