Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science


Good health and fitness are essential to a child's well-being. Students in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science prepare for careers as health and physical education teachers who promote wellness, fitness, motor development and competence, skill proficiency and remediation in children and adults.

The Department offers three TEAC-accredited undergraduate degree options: a B.S. in Health Education, a B.S. in Physical Education, and a dual B.S. in Health and Physical Education. All degrees lead to New York State Initial Teaching Certification to teach kindergarten through grade 12. The rigorous academic programs are supplemented with extensive field experience that creatively links theory and practice.

Undergraduate Program
B.S. in Health Education
B.S. in Health & Physical Education
B.S. in Physical Education
Equine Studies
Sports Management
Strength and Conditioning Program
Coaching Certificate Program

B.S. in Health Education

Health teachers play an important role in our local school districts. They are responsible for educating young children and adolescents about personal safety issues including violence, injuries, healthy eating habits, stress management, exercise, STDs, family and relationship issues, and drug and alcohol prevention.

LIU Post’s 129-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education provides a broad-based curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, that prepares you to help different age groups make informed health-related choices. The program leads to New York State Initial Certification to teach kindergarten through grade 12.

Courses explore the latest trends in health information and research and cover such topics as basic first aid, human sexuality, marriage and parenting, physical fitness, and handling emotions in everyday life. Health education courses include elementary methods in health education, secondary methods in health education, nutrition methods, and study of the exceptional child. You will take classes in biology, which will give you a solid base for understanding human anatomy, evolution, reproduction, organ functions, and heredity traits. You will learn how to develop lesson plans and successfully manage a classroom environment. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to field experience and student-teaching opportunities in local school districts.

The B.S. in Health Education program is accredited by TEAC, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying that the course of study is exemplary in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in Kindergarten through grade 12 schools.

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

B.S. in Health Education and 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 149-credit Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Physical Education program provides you with greater career flexibility and leads to New York State Initial Teaching Certification in two distinct areas.

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.

You will gain field-based experience through student teaching in local school districts. Because the program offers the versatility to teach two areas of study, additional coursework is required. The program takes five years of full-time study to complete.

Program Goals
  • To produce qualified, caring and competent educators to meet the health and physical educational needs of a diverse society
  • To provide educational experiences that promote fitness, health and skill proficiency for the K-12 school curriculum
  • To prepare students with the knowledge and skills to sit for the New York State Teacher ertification Exam, and qualify to teach health and physical education on the elementary, middle and high school levels

B.S. in Physical Education

Combine your passion for fitness and sports with your desire to work with children. As a physical education teacher you will instruct school-age children on healthy living, exercise, physical fitness and team spirit. Nearly all schools in New York State, from kindergarten through high school, employ physical education teachers. A well-designed health and physical activity program can have a lasting impact on a child's life.

LIU Post’s 129-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education will teach you how to develop and implement a developmentally appropriate activity program that enhances motor skills, physical fitness and the acquisition of movement-related knowledge. You will learn techniques to improve children’s motor development and fitness, and help them practice fundamental movement patterns, specialized skills, and lifetime movement activities. You will learn how to develop lessons and activities for various ages and ability levels.

Courses cover curriculum design, skill development, student performance evaluations, human biology and basic first aid. Students will have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to field experience at local school districts. This program offers an excellent foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and prepares you for Initial Certification to teach Kindergarten through Grade 12.

The degree program is accredited by TEAC, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying that the program of study is exemplary in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools.

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education also offers an optional Sports Medicine Design Specialization to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience to design, develop and teach an “Introduction to Sports Medicine” program in a high school setting.

Program Goals
  • To produce qualified, caring and competent educators to meet the health and physical educational needs of a diverse society
  • To provide educational experiences that promote fitness, health and skill proficiency for the K-12 school curriculum
  • To prepare students with the knowledge and skills to sit for the New York State Teacher Certification Exam, and qualify to teach physical education on the elementary, middle and high school levels
  • To provide the greatest versatility for a wide range of employment opportunities, including coaching, sports officiating, teaching, physical training and recreational programming

Coaching Certificate Program

The Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science offers a Coaching Certificate Program which prepares men and women to coach in high schools in New York State. This Coaching Certificate Program is designed for those who are not certified to teach Physical Education in New York State.

Upon completion of the 15-credit hours of course requirements, plus three required workshops, a certificate is issued as evidence that the student has completed the necessary requirements set forth by the New York State Department of Education. 

The program includes the following courses and workshops:

  • PE 201 - Introduction to Physical Education and Sport
  • PE 202 - Basic First Aid & Emergency Care
  • PE 256 - Philosophy of Coaching and Officiating
  • PE 257 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (PE 203 or BIO 118)
  • PE 299 - Exercise Physiology (PE 203 or instructor’s permission)
  • PED 291 - Coaching Practicum (PE 256)

Workshops:

  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (Project S.A.V.E.)
  • Dignity in Schools Act (DASA) Workshop

Strength and Conditioning Program

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has awarded the Department a Certificate of Recognition for successfully meeting established educational program criteria in strength and conditioning coursework. The 29-credit program includes both didactic and applied courses that provide the competency knowledge that individuals need to successfully complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam, administered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

For those acquiring the CSCS, employment opportunities open beyond becoming an educator and include working with sports teams in schools and in professional venues and with individuals in physical therapy clinics, to name a few. 

The courses include the following:

  • HE 255 - Nutrition and Deficiency Diseases
  • PE 105 - Beginning Fitness and Conditioning
  • PE 106 - Fitness and Conditioning
  • PE 203 - Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
  • PE 299 - Exercise Physiology 
  • BIO 7 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 7 - Lab – Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 8 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 8 - Lab-Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PE 180 - Nutrition and Sports
  • PE 181 - Program Design in Strength and Conditioning
  • PE 182 - Practicum in Strength and Conditioning

Equine Studies

The minor program in Equine Studies caters to students with a variety of interests as well as preparing them to enter the equine industry in stable or racetrack manager, as riding (including therapeutic riding) instructors or horse health care professionals, including veterinarians. The course of study will also appeal to horse riders and owners who wish to expand their equestrian avocation.

Students in the program will get hands-on experience working with horses at the North Shore Equestrian Center (NSEC), located on the LIU Post campus.

Visit the Equine Studies page for more information.

Sports Management

The Sports Management Minor provides the department's students, and those throughout the University, with coursework geared to learning about the fast growing field of Sports Management. The emphasis in Sports Management is to provide the skills needed to organize, administer and facilitate sports programs in public, private, community, education and commercial venues.

Students from any major are welcome to enroll.

The minor consists of the following eighteen credits:

PE 140 Introduction to Sports Management
This course focuses on the basic philosophy, function, and principles of sports at all levels. Students will be exposed to the various career options plus their attendant roles and responsibilities. (3 credits)

PE 141 Facility Management
This course will focus on the planning, designing and financing of athletic facilities. In addition attention is accorded to the primary goals and objectives of facility managers. Prerequisite PE 140 or instructor’s permission (3 credits)

PE 142 Sports Marketing
This course focuses on the process of designing and implementing activities for the promotion and distribution of a sport product to the consumer. The principal steps in developing a marketing plan are outlined. Prerequisite PE 140 or instructor’s permission. (3 credits)

PE 143 Economics of Sports
This course will analyze contemporary sports using an economic approach. Issues such as the remuneration of professional athletes, the impact of competitive balance on team profits, the dichotomy and possible exploitation of student-athletes, and the pricing of television rights are subjected to economic analysis. Anti-trust legislation and public financing of facilities are also critically examined. Prerequisite PE 140 or instructor’s permission. (3 credits)

PE 144 Sports Law
This course will provide the student with a concentrated foundation for understanding the law and its relationship to organized athletics and sports management. Specific topics that will be highlighted include the impact of anti-trust laws, personal service contracts, labor law, injury and liability, gender equity and sexual harassment. An examination of the role of legal services within the realm of sports organizations will be covered. Prerequisite PE 140 or instructor’s permission. (3 credits)

PE 145 Sports Management Internship
Students will have an experience in the area of sports management at the college professional level or in the recreation advertising, marketing or facilities under the supervision of the program director. Must have successfully completed 12 credits in the minor. (3 credits)

Equine Studies

LIU's new minor program in Equine Studies gives students with a love of horses the opportunity to enhance their major with specialized skills in teaching, health, and business aspects of the equestrian industry.


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Sports Management

The Sports Management Minor (18 credits) provides the students pursuing degrees in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Movement Science, and those throughout the university, with coursework geared toward learning about the fast growing field of Sports Management.

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CONTACT

College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Louisa Kramer-Vida, Acting Dean
516-299-2210

post-educate@liu.edu