Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science

B.S. in Health Education & Physical Education


The Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science offers a highly respected dual undergraduate major in health education and physical education that prepares you to teach both disciplines in elementary, middle and high schools. The redesigned 127-credit 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in the Health Education and Physical Education program will provide you with greater career flexibility and will lead to New York State Initial Teaching Certification in two distinct disciplines. 

Students in the program learn effective techniques of classroom management, curriculum design, and lesson planning for children in Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Liberal arts courses in biology equip you with knowledge in human anatomy and physiology. 

The Health Education component examines nutrition, health care services, sexuality and family planning, personal well-being, and drugs in contemporary society. You will learn how to encourage children and teenagers, in a non-judgmental approach, to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to health issues.

The Physical Education portion shows you how to create a program that motivates children and adolescents to stay fit. You will learn how to organize movement activities, create rules and regulations, conduct lessons that allow for maximum practice opportunity, analyze student performance and identify sports-related injuries. 

In both disciplines, you will gain extensive field-based experience through methods classes and student teaching in local school districts. 


Program Goals 
• To produce qualified and competent educators to meet the health and physical educational needs of students in a diverse society.
• To provide educational experiences that promotes physical and health literacy, fitness and skill proficiency for K-12 students. 
• To prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams in both disciplines and qualify to teach health education and physical education on the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

Career Options
• We provide versatile educational experiences that lead to a wide range of employment opportunities in each discipline, including K-12 teaching in health education and physical education, coaching, sports officiating, physical training,  recreational programming, and health education programming and promotion within schools and communities, to name a few. 



Admissions

Admissions requirements for degree programs are consistent with college policy.  Departmental minor programs are open to all students within the university.  

Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.

Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 3.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

How to Apply



Program Plan

Term: Fall Year 1

Credits per classification

Term: Spring Year 1

Credits per classification

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

ENG 1

3

ENG 2

3

HPE 201

3

HPE

PE 106

2

HPE

PE 139

3

HPE

PE 138

3

HPE

HE 201

3

X

HPE

HE 202

3

HPE

COLL 101

1

CORE

3

DNC 1

3

HPE

CORE

3

Term credit total:

16

Term credit total:

17

Term: Fall Year 2

Credits per classification

Term: Spring Year 2

Credits per classification

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

BIO 7

4

BIO 8

4

EDI 14

3

HE 204

3

X

HPE

HE 255

3

HPE

HPE 205

3

X

HPE

EDS 60

3

CORE

3

CORE

3

CORE

3

Term credit total:

16

Term credit total:

16

Term: Fall Year 3

Credits per classification

Term: Spring Year 3

Credits per classification

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

PE 203

4

HPE

PE 299

4

HPE

PE 255

3

X

HPE

PED 262

4

HPE

PED 260

3

HPE

PED 263

3

HPE

PED 261

4

HPE

CORE

3

HED 261

4

HPE

HPE 193

1

HPE

Term credit total:

19

Term credit total:

14

Term: Fall Year 4

Credits per classification

Term: Spring Year 4

Credits per classification

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

Course Number & Title

Cr

LAS

Maj

HPE 202

2

HPE

HPE 296

8

HPE

HPE 295

3

HPE

HPE 298

2

HPE

PE 257

2

HPE

CORE

3

CORE

3

CORE

3

CORE

3

Term credit total:

19

Term credit total:

10

Program Totals:

Credits: 127

Liberal Arts & Sciences:

Major: Health and Physical Education

 Elective & Other:


Accreditation

All undergraduate and graduate programs at LIU Post are registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In addition to the entire University, various other academic programs in the College of Education, Information and Technology are specially accredited by professional organizations, signifying they meet the highest standards of educational quality as determined by leaders in the field.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Both of our undergraduate teacher education programs are accredited by CAEP, signifying they meet the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in pre-K through grade 12 schools.  CAEP stands on a strong foundation and rich history of accreditation in teacher and educator preparation.  CAEP seeks to increase the value of accreditation and to increase participation, building on the decades of institutional knowledge of education’s previous accreditors.


Contact us

Faculty 

Nana Koch, Ed.D, is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science Her areas of specialization include curriculum design, physical education methods, dance and dance/movement therapy. She is dedicated to instructing teachers on how to use movement as a tool that enhances the learning process and promotes physical literacy, skill proficiency and practices that lead to fitness and health. She is also the edTPA coordinator in her department, teaching seminars that prepare students for the new certification exams. 
Department of Health, Physical Education & Movement Science
Phone: 516-299-2671
Email: NKoch@liu.edu

Gail Weintraub is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science.  Her areas of specialization include health education methods, human sexuality, substance abuse and critical health issues.  She is the coordinator for the department's Teacher Preparation Program and also the faculty advisor for the Health and Physical Education Major's Club.
Department of Health, Physical Education & Movement Science
Phone: 516-299-2671
Email: Gail.Weintraub@liu.edu


Administration

Nancy Urbonas
Senior Assistant Director/Academic Advisor
Enrollment Services
Phone:  516-299-2746
Email: Nancy.Urbonas@liu.edu

Jane Janas
Secretary
Department of Health, Physical Education & Movement Science
Phone: 516-299-2671
Fax: 516-299-3167
Email: Jane.Janas@liu.edu

Course Description

Note:  All courses are offered as specified.

Health Education Courses

HE 201 Critical Health Issues I*
This course is a discussion of various health problems that are of greatest concern to individual, community, and future health educators: 1) the wellness concept; 2) chronic diseases; 3) communicable diseases; 4) environmental effects on health; 5) genetic disorders.  *May be taken and recognized as Liberal Arts credit.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 202 Critical Health Issues II

This course is an introduction to the major theories associated with mental health, methods of stress management, and methods of handling emotions in everyday life.
Credits: 3 Every Spring

HE 204 Human Sexuality and the Family

This course includes a general discussion of human sexuality and the family through a values approach. Various problems in human sexuality are discussed through a broad range of psychological and philosophical disciplines. The course attempts an examination of the place and meaning of sexuality and the family in our education, lives and society. 
Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

HPE 205 Substance Abuse & Related Issues*
This course is an examination of the uses of prescription, over-the-counter and consciousness- altering drugs in contemporary America. Emphasis is placed on making improved health-related decisions when confronted by substance use. A non-judgmental approach is used to encourage students to discuss their experiences, attitudes and values related to drug usage.  *May be taken and recognized as Liberal Arts credit.
Credits: 3 Every Fall & Spring

HE 246 Health Education Independent Study
Advanced independent study and/or research in the field of health education. Student must have approval from the Chairperson. Student may receive between 1-4 credits; Credits are determined by faculty as well as course requirements. (For HPE majors only; must have Dept. approval.)
Credits: 4 On occasion

HE 250 Health Counseling

This course examines the role of the health counselor. Counseling processes, strategies, and techniques from a biopsychosocial perspective will be explored as they apply to a variety of health problems and life-style changes.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 255 Nutrition for the K-12 Educator 
This course is an overview of the science of nutrition and its relationship to health. It is a survey of current nutrition knowledge and research. Attention will be directed toward the relationship of nutrition with growth, development, reproduction, and the mental and physical condition of the individual.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 260 Community Health Care Studies and Surveys
This course examines the role and growth of organizations concerned with public health needs. Current health problems and the planning of services to combat them as well as the need for rational approaches to allocation of resources are addressed in this course.
Credits: 3 Every Spring

HE 265 Consumer Health Education
This course is designed to investigate the complex nature of health, the health care system, and the competing forces which affect the level of well- being. Emphasis will be placed on the shared responsibility between the consumer and the health care system.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

HE 280 Marriage and Parenting

This course is designed to assist the student in gaining insight into the commitments of marriage and parenting. It helps the participants to examine important information about attitudes, conflict and adjustments, planning a marriage, getting married, and what is entailed in order to make a legal, moral and religious commitment.
Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

HE 285 Personal, School and Community Health
This course will enable the student to understand and appreciate the breadth of health-related issues in several different contexts. Students will learn a model of health that enables them to comprehend the dynamics of striving toward total well-being.
Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

HED 260 Elementary Methods in Health Education

This course is designed to enable the student to prepare for student teaching. Students taking this course will know the foundations of health education and will be able to practice the skills of a health educator. The health education content areas will be aligned with both State and National Standards, health behavior skills, youth risk behaviors (CDC), and New York State health teacher competency skills. Students will be provided the opportunity to develop and teach units of study and lesson plans. Fieldwork observation hours are required. Departmental approval required.
Credits: 4 Every Fall

HED 261 Secondary Methods in Health Education

This course is a consideration of the principles and techniques in secondary health education. The middle and senior high curricula are examined and their continuing development is studied and appraised in relation to current needs and practices. Methods, materials and teaching aids are considered for Health Education. Fieldwork observation hours are required. Departmental approval required.
Credits: 4 Every Spring

HED 262 Nutritional Methods (K-12)

This course is a study of the methods and materials for teaching nutrition to various age groups in the school and the community. Fieldwork observation hours are required. Prerequisite or co-requisite of HE 255 (or Departmental approval) required.
Pre-requisite of HE 255 is required. 
Credits: 3 Every Spring


Dual Health Education and Physical Education Student Teaching Courses

HPE 296 Student Teaching in Health Education and Physical Education
This course is designed to meet the certification requirements for those students pursuing a double major in both Health Education and Physical Education. A minimum of 500 hours in teaching and observation is required. Students must be prepared to spend the entire school day in the public schools during the semester of registration in this course.
Co-requisite of  HPE 298 and Department approval is required
Credits: 8 Every Fall and Spring

HPE 298 Student Teaching Seminar

All Health Education & Physical Education students registered in student teaching must attend this mandatory weekly seminar that is designed to discuss lesson plans, units, current topics, and issues in the school setting.
Co-requisites of PED 297 or HPE 296 and Department consent are required.
Credits: 2 Every Fall and Spring


Physical Education Content Courses

HPE 201 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education
This course is an overview of the foundations and roles of physical education and sport in society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, personal, and administrative aspects of physical education and sport. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific and scholarly disciplines that support the sport, fitness, and physical education professions.
Credits: 3  Every Fall and Spring

HPE 202  Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED
Students will learn basic knowledge and procedures for first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the AED. Emphasis will be given to emergency conditions likely to occur in educational settings and sports-related traumas. Students may earn First Aid and CPR certification. Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory work are included.
Credits: 2  Every Fall and Spring

PE 203 Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of human motion, including anatomical and mechanical descriptions of movement. The course includes an analysis of basic locomotion and of selected sports skills. Laboratory experiences develop competencies in error identification and correction for teachers of movement. Three hours lecture plus two hours laboratory per week. This course has an additional lab fee.
Prerequisites BIO 7 and 8 or instructor permission are required.
Credits: 4 Every Fall

PE 240 Creative Games and Survey of Movement Program for Children
Creative Games is a new approach to play, which emphasizes cooperation rather than competition and combining elements of traditional games and sports with a humanistic view of interaction.
Opportunities are provided for leading and refereeing creative games. Students explore the ways new games can be adapted for a variety of age groups, populations and a variety of settings.
Students may elect to take this course for a second credit to observe and study a number of movement programs for preschool and elementary school-age children in a variety of settings.
Credits: 1 to 2 On Occasion

PE 241 Movement Education and Rhythms for Children
The purpose of this course is to provide for prospective preschool and elementary teachers the methods and materials to lead movement and rhythmic experiences.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

PE 246 Physical Education Independent Study 
Advanced independent study and/or research in the field of physical education. Student must have approval from the Chairperson. Student may receive between 1-4 credits; Credits are determined by faculty as well as course requirements. (For HPE majors only)
For HPE majors only and Dept approval. 
Credits: 1 to 4  On Occasion

PE 254 Introduction to Movement/Dance Therapy
This course is designed to provide students with an experimental and didactic exposure to the field of dance therapy. The curriculum includes: (a) an examination of the historical framework and current developments in the field of dance therapy;
(b) a comprehensive investigation of the psychophysical components of expressive movement; (c) the theory and process of dance therapy; and (d) a survey of dance therapy methods devised for specific populations in a range of clinical and educational settings.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

PE 255 Motor Learning*

This course is a discussion of studies, concepts, and principles related to human motor behavior and learning. Physical, mental and emotional factors of skill acquisition, growth and development, environmental considerations, personality factors, and other aspects of skill learning are included.
*Can be applied as liberal arts credit Prerequisites of PE 201 and 203 are required. 
Credits: 3 Every Spring

PE 256 Coaching: Principles, Philosophy & Organization of Athletics in Education
This course focuses on the philosophies, principles, and methods of coaching college and public school sports as well as the rules and techniques of officiating.
Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

PE 257 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 

The course is an introduction to athletic training/sports medicine through basic methods of preventing, assessing, and treating common sports- related injuries.
Prerequisite of PE 203 or BIO 118 is required. 
Credits: 2 Every Fall

HPE 293 Technology in Physical Education & Health Education

This course provides an introduction to the use of technology: specifically applications and software that are used in both physical education and health education. 
Credits: 1 Every Spring

PE 299 Exercise Physiology

This course is an introduction to the physiological basis of exercise and physical activity with practical applications of the concepts to the fields of health, physical education, and athletics. Laboratory experiences are designed to demonstrate the physiological effects of activity, and the use of measurement techniques will be included.
Pre requisites: BIO 7, BIO 8 and PE 203 or permission of the instructor is required.
Credits: 4 Every Spring

PED 260 Curriculum Design in Physical Education

This course examines the process of curriculum design. Course content focuses on value orientation that drives the basic principles of curriculum development and curriculum planners. Emphasis is on developing a philosophy of Physical Education, selecting a curriculum theory reflective of that philosophy, and designing a curriculum based on both. Principles learned in this class are then applied to PED 261, PED 262, and PED 263.
Co-requisite of PED 261and Department approval is required.
Credits: 3 Every Fall

PED 261 Secondary Methods in Physical Education

This course focuses on the characteristics of adolescent students and how effective secondary school physical education programs are planned, taught, and evaluated. Particular emphasis is placed on physical education content, knowledge, and on developing the skills necessary to become competent secondary school physical educators.
Course content includes peer teaching, supervised clinical teaching, and field experience at local schools.
Co-requisite of PED 260 and Department approval is required.
Credits: 4 Every Fall

PED 262 Elementary Methods in Physical Education

This course focuses on designing and conducting developmentally appropriate physical education lessons in grades K-6.  Particular emphasis is placed on designing and conducting lessons that allow for maximum practice opportunity accompanied by performance analysis and assessment. Course content includes peer teaching, supervised clinical teaching, and field experience at local schools.
Pre-requisite of PED 260 and co-requisite of PED 263 are required.
Credits: 4 Every Spring

PED 263 Teaching the Individual with Special Needs

This course focuses on the recognition of disabling conditions and the motor limitations of each; special problems encountered; and methods for improving the effectiveness of teaching adapted physical education in the school curriculum. Field experience in an adapted setting is required.  Laboratory fee
Pre-requisite of HPE major and 12 credits in major are required.
Credits: 3 Every Spring 

PED 271 Sports Medicine Design
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences which will enable them to design, develop, and teach a basic introduction in a sports medicine program in a high school setting.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

PED 291 Coaching Practicum 
The coaching practicum is designed to give students field experience in coaching.
Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus five hours of seminar.
Prerequisite of PE 256 is required. 
  Credit: 1 Every Fall and Spring

PED 292 Exercise Rehabilitation Practicum
The exercise rehabilitation practicum is designed to give students field experience in exercise rehabilitation. Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus five hours of seminar.
Credits: 1 On Occasion

PED 294 Athletic Trainer Practicum
The athletic trainer practicum is designed to give students field experience in athletic training. Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus five hours of seminar.
Credits: 1 On Occasion

PED 295 Sports Medicine Design Practicum
The sports medicine design practicum is designed to give students field experience in sports medicine design. Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus five hours of seminar.
Credits: 1 On Occasion




Physical Education Student Teaching Courses

PED 297 Student Teaching in Physical Education
This course is designed to meet the certification requirements of those students pursuing a major in Physical Education. A minimum of 360 hours in teaching and observing is required. Students must be prepared to spend the entire school day in the public schools during the semester of registration in this course.
Co-requisite of HPE 298 and Departmentt approval is required.
Credits: 4 Every Fall and Spring

HPE 298 Student Teaching Seminar

All Health Education & Physical Education students registered in student teaching must attend this mandatory weekly seminar that is designed to discuss lesson plans, units, current topics, and issues in the school setting.
Co-requisites of PED 297 or HPE 296 and Department consent are required.
Credits: 2 Every Fall and Spring

Honors Courses – Health & Physical Education

HPE 386 Honors Tutorial
In the Junior year, the student in the Honors Program selects a subject in the major for the Honors Tutorial. The Honors Tutorial is a three- credit semester-long course of independent research under the guidance of a chosen instructor who meets with the student in weekly sessions. The tutorial is the exploratory research for the Honors Thesis. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director. 
Must be in Honors College 
Credits: 3 On Occasion

HPE 389 Honors Thesis
In the Senior year, the Honors student works with a chosen instructor on the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a 3-credit, semester-long project in the major, which culminates in an extensive paper. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director.
Must be in Honors College.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

HPE 390 Honors Thesis

In the Senior year, the Honors student works with a chosen instructor on the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a 3-credit, semester-long project in the major, which culminates in an extensive paper. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director. 
Must be in Honors College.
Credits: 3 On Occasion

HE 385 Honors Tutorial

In the Junior year, the student in the Honors Program selects a subject in the major for the Honors Tutorial. The Honors Tutorial is a three- credit semester-long course of independent research under the guidance of a chosen instructor who meets with the student in weekly sessions. The tutorial is the exploratory research for the Honors Thesis. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director. 
Must be in Honors College.
Credits: 3  On Occasion

PE 385 Honors Tutorial
In the Junior year, the student in the Honors Program selects a subject in the major for the Honors Tutorial. The Honors Tutorial is a three- credit semester-long course of independent research under the guidance of a chosen instructor who meets with the student in weekly sessions. The tutorial is the exploratory research for the Honors Thesis. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director.
Must be in Honors College 
Credits: 3  On Occasion

PE 386 Honors Tutorial

In the Junior year, the student in the Honors Program selects a subject in the major for the Honors Tutorial. The Honors Tutorial is a three- credit semester-long course of independent research under the guidance of a chosen instructor who meets with the student in weekly sessions. The tutorial is the exploratory research for the Honors Thesis. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director.
Must be in Honors College 
Credits: 3  On Occasion

PE 389 Honors Thesis
In the Senior year, the Honors student works with a chosen instructor on the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a 3-credit, semester-long project in the major, which culminates in an extensive paper. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director.
Must be in Honors College 
Credits: 3  On Occasion

PE 390 Honors Thesis
In the Senior year, the Honors student works with a chosen instructor on the Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is a 3-credit, semester-long project in the major, which culminates in an extensive paper. Students must receive prior approval from the HPE Chairperson and the Honors Program Director.
Must be in Honors College 
Credits: 3  On Occasion


Health and Physical Education Majors Club

One of the best ways to meet your peers and get involved in the department is to volunteer to become an officer of the Majors Club and also to participate in all the events the club sponsors each semester. The Club’s executive board plans campus-wide events related to health, physical education and wellness.  Among these are fund raisers that majors are required to attend, and are also open to all members of the LIU community. These have included volley ball tournaments, a spin-a-thon, badminton tournaments, among others. Employers want to see that those they hire show interest in their profession and getting involved in activities like those sponsored by the Majors Club is one way to show your interest in health, physical education and wellness promotion.


Coaching Certificate Program

Course Descriptions


HPE 201 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Education
This course is an overview of the foundations and roles of physical education and sport in society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, personal, and administrative aspects of physical education and sport. Emphasis will be placed on the scientific and scholarly disciplines that support the sport, fitness, and physical education professions.
Credits: 3  Every Fall and Spring

HPE 202 Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED 
Students will learn basic knowledge and procedures for first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the AED. Emphasis will be given to emergency conditions likely to occur in educational settings and sports-related traumas. Students may earn First Aid and CPR certification. Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory work are included.
Credits: 2  Every Fall and Spring


PE 256 Coaching: Principles, Philosophy & Organization of Athletics in Education
This course focuses on the philosophies, principles, and methods of coaching college and public school sports as well as the rules and techniques of officiating.
Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

PE 257 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 

The course is an introduction to athletic training/sports medicine through basic methods of preventing, assessing, and treating common sports- related injuries.
Prerequisite of PE 203 or BIO 118 is required. 
Credits: 2 Every Fall

PE 299 Exercise Physiology
This course is an introduction to the physiological basis of exercise and physical activity with practical applications of the concepts to the fields of health, physical education, and athletics. Laboratory experiences are designed to demonstrate the physiological effects of activity, and the use of measurement techniques will be included.
Pre requisites: BIO 7, BIO 8 and PE 203 or permission of the instructor is required.
Credits: 4 Every Spring

PED 291 Coaching Practicum 
The coaching practicum is designed to give students field experience in coaching.
Students are required to complete 40 hours of fieldwork plus five hours of seminar.
Prerequisite of PE 256 is required. 
  Credit: 1 Every Fall and Spring




CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu