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 & 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 & Faculty Excellence
Our students and faculty have received numerous university, state and national awards. Recent award winners include:
- Judy Jagger-Mescher – OAHPERD Honorary Life Award
- Kevin Lorson – OAHPERD Young Professional Award
- 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 & Physical Education Major of the Year.
Kevin Lorson, Ph.D.
309 Nutter Center
- 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 150 or higher
- Math score of 162 or higher
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. Visit this page for details regarding the Writing Sample.
Please call 937-775-3088 or 3086 to set up a writing sample appointment.
- Two Recommendation Forms (PDF)
- ETS Praxis Core scores (if required)
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: Centerville, Fairborn, Westerville, Cincinnati Public Schools, Dayton Public Schools, Washington Court House, Springfield, Frankfort Adena, Lancaster, Urbana, Yellow Springs, Huber Heights, St. Henry, Beavercreek, West Carrollton and Kettering.