Department of Kinesiology and Health

Bachelor of Science in Education in Health and Physical Education

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Why Choose the Health and Physical Education Program?

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 Education Assessment Task Force


      State Awards

  • 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

Contact Information

Kevin Lorson, Ph.D.
309 Nutter Center
(937) 775-3258

Academics, Curriculum, and Advising Information


Admission Requirements

  • 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

Admission deadline for the Fall 2019 cohort is January 15, 2019. Candidates must also apply for a field experience with the Office of Partnerships and Field Placements by January 15, 2019.


The following requirements are effective for Summer 2020 and beyond**:

  • 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
      • Praxis Core Reading Score of 168 or better
    • One of the following Writing scores:
      • ACT Writing score of 6 or better
      • SAT Writing Dimension Score of 5 or better
      • Praxis Core 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
      • Praxis Core 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.

​Admission Process

New Students


Apply to the University. You will be admitted as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

Current Wright State Students


Submit the Program Application


Submit the following:

  • Two Recommendation Forms (PDF)
  • Evidence of completing the following First Aid, CPR and Concussion requirements:
    1. 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.
    2. Have a current, valid certificate of an approved cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course. 
    3. 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.


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:

  • 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
  • Kettering