Physical Education & Health Education 4+1

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Undergraduate + Graduate
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Land your dream teaching career after just five years and focus on improving the health of individuals and communities.

Why Earn a Combined Degree in Physical Education & Health Education?

By studying physical education and health education, you’ll gain the tools and confidence to encourage healthful living and prevent, reduce and defer risky behaviors in children of all ages.

Why Study Physical Education & Health Education at Adelphi University in New York?

Adelphi’s 4+1 pathway is the perfect option for aspiring educators who want a clear, efficient and affordable path to certification. You’ll graduate with a BS in Physical Education after four years, then spend one additional year earning your MA in Health Education. (Earning these degrees separately would require at least six years of schooling.)

  • Benefit from the continuity and cohesiveness of a combined undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • After completing this 4+1 program, you’ll be eligible for the NYS Pre-K–12 teacher certification in physical education and health education, which allows you to teach physical education and health education in public, charter or private schools anywhere in the state.
  • Many school districts in New York state and elsewhere now require candidates to be certified in physical education and health education. With both certifications as well as substantive field experience on your résumé, you will be an attractive candidate for any school district.
  • Our physical education and health education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

The pathway is structured around rich field experiences that help students cultivate a wide-ranging professional network and prepare for their first teaching position.

In the BS program, you’ll learn to use exercise, sports, games and dance in age-appropriate programs for children and adolescents—with an emphasis on promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. This multidisciplinary approach gives you the skills to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

The MA program reinforces and expands on the foundation built in the BS program. Students study a range of cutting-edge teaching strategies for the classroom, from skills-based learning to the selection and design of assessment strategies and understanding individual learning styles. You’ll be prepared to explain wellness as it relates to the health content areas and identify the connection between health education and societal issues.

Throughout your five years, you’ll enjoy close personal attention from full-time faculty and exchange ideas with a diverse group of peers in small classes.

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

Additional Requirements:

Students who are already enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate program and who meet GPA requirements can apply for the accelerated program once they have completed particular steps in the major. Your academic adviser can help you design a course of study tailored to your individual career interests.

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

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