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Why Choose the Health and Physical Education Program?
The Wright State Health and Physical Education program prepares 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 curriculum.
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The program believes strongly in campus, school, profession and community involvement. Wright State is preparing the next generation of health and physical educators that will be keys to achieving our goal of a healthy and physically active Ohio.
Faculty serve as leaders in state and national organizations, and are advocates for initiatives that will improve the quality of health and physical education in Ohio.
- The Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) Curriculum (Start Talking!) is a K-12 curriculum to build the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices. To register for access to the HOPE Curriculum.
- Dr. Lorson is leading the development of the OAHPERD Health Education Model Curriculum. The OAHPERD Health Education Model Curriculum will provide guidance for Ohio’s schools to develop a skill-based health education curriculum.
- Dr. Lorson was awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to assist schools in developing students be healthy and ready to reach their potential. The HOPES in Schools Project develop a Whole Child Framework and HOPES in Schools trainings and technical support for school districts to develop mental, behavioral, and physical health and wellness supports within schools and assist schools in connecting community and school resources. Another outcome of the project is the professional development training of “How Can I Help? Recognize, Reach Out, Refer and Recharge.” This training will help teachers develop their skills to recognize when a student needs assistance, enhance their skills to reach out and communicate they care, refer the student to the appropriate supports and recharge their own health to continue to be a caring, healthy and effective teacher.
- Dr. Lorson was extensively involved in the creation and revision of the Ohio Department of Education Physical Education Standards and Physical Education Evaluation.
- Dr. Lorson is the OAHPERD Advocacy Committee Chair leading efforts for Ohio to become the 50th state to adopt health education standards. He also served as OAHPERD President in 2016-2017.
- 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.
Student and Faculty Excellence
Our students and faculty have received university, state and national awards. Recent award winners include:
- Outstanding Contributions to Health Education. Society of Public Health Education. 2018.
- 2018 OAHPERD Meritorious Award.
- Chancellor’s Award. Ohio Department of Higher Education.
- Ohio Senate. Proclamation for the HOPE Curriculum.
- Wright State University – College of Education and Human Services
- Outstanding Faculty Member.
- Excellence in Professional Service.
- 2010 OAHPERD Young Professional of the Year.
- OAHPERD President (2016-2017)
- OAHPERD Advocacy Chair
- Ohio Joint Study Task for Drug Use Prevention Education
- Ohio Department of Education Strategic Planning Committee
- Behavioral Health & Wellness Advisory
Student State Awards
OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship Award
- Jordyn Van Horn – 2018
- Rachel Negrey - 2016
- Lindsey Cole - 2015
- Tyler Begley – 2013
- Stephanie McMillen – 2012
- Whitney Hollon – 2011
American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Scholarship
- Rachel Negrey – 2015
- Alayna Eben – 2014
SHAPE America/AAHPERD Major of the Year
- Rachel Negrey – 2016
- Cory Maycock - 2014
- Mike Theobald – 2013
- Tyler Begley - 2012
Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information
- 30 semester credit hours of college coursework
- Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.8
- Passing scores in each of the following areas:
- One of the following Reading scores:
- ACT Reading Score of 22 or better
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score of 543 or better
- ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading Score of 168 or better
- One of the following Writing scores (beginning in 2021):
- ACT Writing score of 6 or better
- SAT Writing Dimension Score of 5 or better
- ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing score of 165 or better
- One of the following Math Scores:
- ACT Math score of 22 or better
- SAT Math Score of 533 or better
- ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Math score of 162 or better
**Due to accreditation requirement changes, admissions requirements are subject to change. Students should continue to check for updates, and work with their advisors to be informed of upcoming changes.
Current Wright State Students
Submit the Program Application
New cohorts begin in fall only. Applications are due January 15th in order to begin the following fall semester.
Submit the following:
- Two Recommendation Forms (PDF)
- Evidence of completing the following First Aid, CPR and Concussion requirements:
- Provide a certificate to verify completion of one of the training programs below on first aid for coaches. (Certified ATC meets this requirement, submit certificate verification).
- Nationally approved programs:
- Red Cross (First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches)
- American Sport Education Program (Sport First Aid - Fourth Edition)
- National Federation of State High School Association (First Aid for Coaches or First Aid Health and Safety for Coaches).
- KNH 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”
- National Alliance for Youth Sports Concussion Training
Successfully complete an interview with program directors.
If your reading, writing, or math ACT/SAT scores do not meet the minimum scores listed above, complete the appropriate ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test.
Applicants have until June 1st to submit final test scores to meet admission criteria.
HPE in the Community
Earning a K-12 license in both health and physical education puts our graduates in an advantageous position during their 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
Need a professional development workshop? We can provide sessions on the following topics:
- Physical Education
- Ohio Physical Education Evaluation
- Developing a K-12 Physical Education Curriculum
- Topics in Physical Education – Tactics, Sport Education, Fitness Education, Adapted Physical Education.
- Health Education
- Building a K-12 Standards-Based Health Education Curriculum.
- Assessment strategies in K-12 health education.
- Building skills-based health education lessons.
- Whole Child
- Building your schools’ system of supports
- Assessing district readiness for the Whole Child including mental and behavioral health and school-based health centers.
- Strategic Planning for the Whole Child.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about professional development.
Wright State Health & Physical Education in the News:
The Doctor’s: Kindergartners are being educated about opioids.
Dayton Daily News: WSU professor wins state award for efforts fighting opioid crisis.
Dayton Daily News: 7 local districts: You need healthy kids for students to succeed.
Columbus Dispatch: Study: Ohio adults’ obesity rate 11th highest in U.S.
Washington Post: Opioid deaths prompt Ohio to reimagine classroom lessons, starting with kindergarten.
Dayton Daily News: Schools focusing on a key part of student performance: Their health.
Columbus Dispatch: New Ohio programs show promise in opioid battle.
WLWT (Cincinnati): Ohio education leaders rethink role schools play as opioid crisis.
Dayton Daily News: Springfield adding gym time to improve public health
Beyond ‘Just Say No’: Schools teach about opioid dangers.
WKSU: When ‘Just Say No’ is not enough: How schools can teach kids about opioids.