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The purpose of the program is to prepare exemplary health and physical education teachers to promote physically active and healthy lifestyles. Wright State is one of the few programs in Ohio to offer a license in both health and physical education within a four-year undergraduate program. The program is built upon three key principles: preparation, involvement, and excellence.
The health and physical education program provides innovative courses to develop the knowledge and skill of teaching health and physical education. The program prepares teachers to implement curriculum aligned with state standards and assessments in both health and physical education. Future teachers practice their craft in a series of progressive field experiences culminating in a semester student teaching experience in health and physical education. Students also gain additional experience with K-12 students in courses throughout the program. Unique courses in Adventure Education and Teaching Fitness in Physical Education provide the opportunity for students to earn certifications in National Archery in the Schools Program and the Physical Best fitness program.
The program believes strongly in campus, school, profession and community involvement. The Wright State Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club involves teacher candidates in professional and service activities. Health and Physical Education majors attend and present at state, regional and national conferences.
Faculty serve as leaders in state and national organizations, and are advocates for initiatives that will improve the health and physical education.
Student and Faculty Excellence
Our students and faculty have received numerous university, state and national awards. Recent award winners include:
- Judy Jagger-Mescher
OAHPERD President (2005-2006)
National Health Educator of the Year (2000)
- Kevin Lorson
OAHPERD President (2016-2017)
Ohio Physical Education Standards, Ohio Physical Education Evaluation - Author
SHAPE America Physical Educatiopn Assessment Task Force
- Lindsey Cole - 2015 OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship
- Rachel Negrey - 2015 OAHPERD JRFH/HFH Memorial Scholarship
- Alayna Eben - 2014 OAHPERD JRFH/HFH Memorial Scholarship
- Tyler Begley – 2013 OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship Award
- Stephanie McMillen – 2012 OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship Award
- Whitney Hollon – 2011 OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship Award
- Micheal Theobald – 2013 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Major of the Year
- Tyler Begley – 2012 National Association for Sport and Physical Education Major of the Year
Kevin Lorson, Ph.D.
309 Nutter Center
- Health and Physical Education Program of Study (Undergradaute catalog)
- Health and Physical Education 4-Year Planning Guide (PDF)
- Course Planning Guide for HED, HPR, and KNH courses (PDF)
- 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
- Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
- ONE of the following
- ACT composite score of 22 or better
- SAT composite score of 1000 or better
- ETS Praxis Core exam*
- Reading score of 156 or higher
- Writing score of 162 or higher
- Math score of 150 or higher
*Based on a review of institutional, state, and national Praxis Core data, the College of Education and Human Services has re-examined and adjusted the Praxis Core scores required for admission.
As the adjustments may be helpful to students applying for admission, we are implementing these adjustments immediately.
Thus, anyone who took the Praxis Core Writing exam prior to August 1, 2016 will be able to count a score of 150 or higher. And, anyone who had a Math score of 150 or higher will have now met the testing criteria for that area.
Admission deadline for the Fall 2017 cohort is January 13, 2017. Candidates must also apply for a field experience with the Office of Field Placement by January 20, 2017.
Apply to the University. You will be admitted to University College as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.
Current Wright State Students
- Program Application
- Writing sample - Writing samples are held on Mondays at 2 pm and Tuesdays at 10 am. View details regarding the Writing Sample.
Please call 937-775-3088 or 3086 to set up a writing sample appointment.
- Two Recommendation Forms (PDF)
Evidence of completing the following First Aid, CPR and Concussion requirements:
- Provide certificate to verify completion of one of the training programs below on first aid for coaches. (Certified ATC meets this requirement, submit certificate verification).
- First Aid:
- Nationally approved programs: Approved Red Cross (First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches) or American Sport Education Program (Sport First Aid - Fourth Edition), or National Federation of State High School Association (First Aid for Coaches or First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches). Submit proof of completion in Step 3 of the online application.
- HPR 2600 (or equivalent) completed within the past three years related to first aid or athletic training. Students must earn certification for both First Aid and CPR.
- Have a current, valid certificate of an approved cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course.
- Complete one approved course on concussion training through the Ohio Department of Health website.
- NFHS training program “Concussion in Sports – What you Need to Know;”
- National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program “Heads Up – Concussion in Youth Sports Online Training Program;”
Successfully complete an interview with program directors.
Earning a K-12 license in both health and physical education has our graduates being in a advantageous position in the job search.
Districts who have hired a Wright State graduate since 2010:
- Cincinnati Public Schools
- Dayton Public Schools
- Washington Court House
- Frankfort Adena
- Yellow Springs
- Huber Heights
- St. Henry
- West Carrollton