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Health & Physical Education

The Health & Physical Education concentration is designed to enable the post-baccalaureate student to be better prepared to become an educational leader in the profession. Course work has been carefully designed to provide the already licensed teacher with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical education curriculum.

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You will receive a solid foundation in current trends in the discipline, utilize research effectively, and be able to implement the new knowledge and skills immediately. Program requirements include partnering with an area school or community to submit a grant that could impact student health and wellness.

A six-credit internship will provide an opportunity to pursue an area of interest in a local school or community setting. Internship options include community health, health education, physical education, or adapted physical education (working with children with special needs in physical education).  The health issues in the area surrounding Farmville are well documented.  The benefit of these internships to the immediate area will be significant.  To have an additional health and/or physical education teacher in a school or community setting provides interns who will be responsible for offering more opportunities for children and adults as well as implementing new programs or grants.

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Graduate students who elect to pursue the adapted physical education internship will meet all requirements to register for the national examination to become a Certified Adapted Physical Education specialist.

The health issues in the area surrounding Farmville are well documented. The benefit of these internships to the immediate area will be significant. To have an additional health and/or physical education teacher in a school will be of great benefit as the interns will be responsible for providing more opportunities for children as well as possibly implement new programs or grants.

This master's degree is structured to permit the graduate student to complete the entire program in one calendar year (a summer session and two semesters).  In addition, part-time students are welcome and flexibility allows completion of the program beyond the one calendar year.

Successful completion meets current eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License.

 

Advising

Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.

 

Watch a video of what the HPE program has to offer!

 

Core Program Requirements

  • EDUC 502 Research Design (3)
  • EDUC 571 Foundations of Instruction and Learning Theory (3)
  • EDUC 671 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction and Instructional Programs (3)
  • HLTH 525 Curriculum & Instruction in Health Education (3)
  • KINS 520 Developing Leadership Skills in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • KINS 530 Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education (3)
  • KINS 564 Adapted Physical Education:  Development of Modified Programs (3)
  • KINS 615 Contemporary Issues in Health and Physical Education (3)
  • EDUC699 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Take six credits from the following: 

  • HLTH 683 Internship in Health Education (6)
  • HLTH 684 Internship in Community Health (6)
  • KINS 681 Internship in Physical Education (6)
  • KINS 682 Internship in Adapted Physical Education (6)

TOTAL CORE HOURS REQUIRED: 30

 
TRACKS - This program offers two tracks - one of which MUST be selected for completion.

 

Track A - Licensed health and physical education teachers. For candidates who possess a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state with an endorsement in health and physical education.

 

Select one three credit elective from the following:

  • HLTH 501 Core Concepts in Health Education (3)
  • HLTH 535 Human Nutrition (3)
  • HLTH 675 Community Health Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation (3)
  • KINS 501 Principles of Teaching Physical Education (3)
  • KINS 534 Instructional Modifications for an Inclusive Physical Education Class (3)

TOTAL TRACK A HOURS REQUIRED:  33

Track B - Licensed in a discipline other than health and physical education.  For candidates who possess a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state with an endorsement(s) in areas other than health and physical education.

Complete the following six credit hours:

  • HLTH 501 Core Concepts in Health Education (3)
  • KINS 501 Principles of Teaching Physical Education (3)

TOTAL TRACK B HOURS REQUIRED:  36
  

 

Program Coordinator

Michael S. Mucedola, Ph.D., M.S.T, MCHES

Graduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Health Education
B.S. in Physical Education
M.S.T in Health Education
Ph.D. in Public Health
Master Certified Health Education Specialist
Willett 114
434.395.2547
mucedolams@longwood.edu

Health & Physical Education Faculty