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Physical & Health Education

The PHETE program at Longwood University prepares teacher candidates to meet State licensure requirements to teach both health and physical education from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teacher candidates may also elect to become certified to teach Driver Education.

Teaching physical and health educationOur program is a competency-based, fieldwork intensive curriculum that ensures students obtain hands-on teaching experiences throughout their academic career.

As a result, graduates enter the workforce confident in their ability to deal with the many challenges faced by public school teachers in today's world.

Longwood University PHETE Majors regularly work with the American Heart Association to correlate their Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Educational materials with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

For information regarding the PHETE concentration, contact program coordinator Vonnie Colvin: colvinay@longwood.edu or 434.395.2452

 

Program Minors

Driver Education Endorsement

 

Licensure or Certificate Only

The Virginia State Board of Education must approve all teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities within the Commonwealth of Virginia. As such, students should understand that the Commonwealth mandates many of the requirements of our teacher preparation program.

Students who complete teacher preparation in a state-approved program are eligible to apply for a teaching license. In Virginia, licensure is earned to teach both health and physical education from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. There is no separate certification to teach just Physical Education or just Health.

Licensure Requirements

Longwood will recommend a student for a Virginia teaching license if:

  • A passing score is reported on PRAXIS II and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment Test 
  • The grade in student teaching is A, B, C or Pass
  • The overall grade point average is at least 2.50, and
  • The grade point average for the professional semester is at least 2.75
 

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Faculty

 
Vonnie Colvin 2012
 

Allison (Vonnie) Colvin, B.S., M.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Professor of Physical Education
Program Coordinator
104K Willett
434.395.2452
colvinay@longwood.edu

  

  

Chrystyna Kosarchyn

Professor of Health Education
HPE Program Coordinator
B.A. in Political Science
M.A. in Health Education
Ph.D. in Health Education
Certified Health Education Specialist
104H Willett Hall
434-395-2543
kosarchync@longwood.edu

 

Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Education
205 Willett
434.395.2538
lucasmd@longwood.edu
Dr. Lucas' Website

 

 Claire

Claire M. Mowling

Assistant Professor of Physical Education
104P Willett
434.395.2549
mowlingcm@longwood.edu

 

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

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

 

William Thomson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Education
104F Willett
434.395.2935
thomsonwc@longwood.edu