Pursue your passion for teaching health and physical education in a school setting or in the community through Longwood’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) program. With concentrations in PK-12 Licensure and Health Promotion (non-licensure), you can choose the path that best suits your teaching interests.

Longwood’s HPE program is nationally recognized and accredited by SHAPE America and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Programs (CAEP). Our small faculty-student ratio means one-on-one professional mentoring and opportunities to get real-world experience before you start student teaching.

Career Paths

  • PK-12 schools
  • Health agencies
  • Hospitals & healthcare facilities
  • Clinics
  • Corporate wellness centers
  • Community health agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Health departments (city/county)

What You'll Study

PK-12 (licensure for teaching in schools)

The PK-12 concentration prepares students for teaching health and physical education in PK-12 schools. Required fieldwork and hands-on teaching experiences at all levels (including adapted physical education) ensures that students gain the skills necessary to effectively teach in a school setting.

Many students elect to complete the two courses required for a Driver Education Instructor Endorsement. This endorsement is beneficial for HPE students interested in teaching at the high school level.  

Students interested in coaching should complete the Coaching Minor which enables them to meet the requirements of the Virginia High School League to coach in the state of Virginia.

Students earning PK-12 Licensure in HPE may obtain a master’s degree through an 11-month program at Longwood.

Driver Education Endorsement

There's a high demand for health and physical education teachers with a driver education endorsement in Virginia's schools. So, we've made it easy for you to get yours. We are one of only four undergraduate University Drivers Ed programs in VA that offer the classes needed for the endorsement, you'll have everything you need to succeed right here. And our history proves it, 100% of Longwood students pass the VDOE exam the first time they take it. Longwood rules the road!

Coaching

A minor in Coaching pairs well with many other majors, particularly liberal studies. Students are prepared to meet the requirements of the Virginia High School League to coach in the state of Virginia.

Health Promotion (non-licensure for teaching in the community health settings)

The non-licensure Health Promotion concentration focuses on teaching health and physical education in a community setting with the goal of increasing the years and quality of life of the general population. Courses examine current and future health issues and the development of attitudes and behaviors that lead to optimal health throughout life. By targeting three main risk factors – physical activity, nutrition, and toxin consumption – students focus on prevention strategies to decrease morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases and other health-related issues.

Field experiences and completion of an internship in a community health setting provides the knowledge and confidence to apply health promotion skills in a variety of areas.

Health Promotion jobs are projected to grow significantly in Virginia and the U.S. over the next 10 years. Health Promotion graduates are also prepared to pursue a masters’ degrees in public health, community health, health promotion, healthcare management/administration, and more.

Health Education

The Health Education minor pairs well with many other majors and is particularly complementary to degrees in the health and human services areas. Coursework focuses on a wide range of health-related topics and promotes discussion and study about future health issues.

Courses

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