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Health and Physical Education


The Health and Physical Education (HPE) major at Ohio University’s Patton College of Education prepares teacher-candidates to pursue careers in the field of health and physical education. The program engages candidates in a more-inclusive generation of pedagogy by promoting lifelong physical activity and healthy lifestyles for ALL.

The major features dual-teaching certification within the four-year program. Graduates earn teaching licensure in both Health and Physical Education for PreK-12th grade.

Teacher candidates practice and learn within authentic school settings and across multiple grade bands. Field experiences provide hands-on learning through observation, peer-teaching, team-teaching and culminate with professional teaching internships.


All students interested in physical education will enter Ohio University into a pre-major code of ND8926 (Pre-Health & Physical Education). To be admitted into the major, a student must apply to and be accepted after successful completion of nine courses, and maintain an accumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher.

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For more information, contact:

Ken Bowald, Academic Advisor
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701

Hyun-Ju Oh, Associate Professor
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701


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