BS in Health/Physical Education | Trine University

Kenneth Palmer


Graduates employed last 11 yrs


Average major class size


Clinical hours during program

Health and physical education: Strengthening the mind and bodyCAEP

With youth obesity rates climbing and an increasing number of students suffering from
physical, emotional and mental disorders, health and physical education is more important
than ever. The Bachelor of Science with a major in health and physical education program at Trine University prepares you to equip youth with the skills to maintain
and improve health throughout the rest of their lives.

The degree: Learning and teaching about the human body

The Bachelor of Science with a major in health and physical education program allows you to understand the theory and practice behind developing a healthy lifestyle,
combined with Trine University’s education core to prepare you to teach in classrooms
from preschool to grade 12. This program also includes built-in minors in coaching
and exercise science to prepare students for involvement in their schools’ athletic
department and strength and conditioning programs.

The Bachelor of Science with a major in health and physical education program is part of Trine University’s Center for Sports Studies.

The experience: Training in health, strength and conditioning, plus extensive classroom

As a health and physical education major, you will learn the science of the human
body and gain foundational knowledge for healthy living. You will also take a variety
of courses designed to prepare you to take national strength and conditioning certification
upon graduation.

Like all Franks School of Education programs, extensive field experiences in diverse
settings are required beginning in the first year of coursework. You will spend more
than 800 hours in clinical settings from elementary through high school prior to graduation.

Teaching in completely redesigned campus classrooms, our passionate and student-centered
faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, all related to classroom
teaching, advanced research and preparing future teachers. Our academically rigorous
teacher education program focuses on:

  • Student-centered instruction in a safe learning environment
  • Evidence-based instructional strategies
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Innovative integration of classroom and gym technology

The result: Be highly prepared for your teaching career

Graduates from the Franks School of Education have demonstrated high levels of success,

  • 100 percent of recently surveyed principal employers indicated the Franks School of
    Education provided teacher training that was relevant, effective, and improved P-12
    student learning.
  • 100 percent of recently surveyed principal employers shared that Trine teacher graduates
    are more prepared in comparison to other teacher education programs.

Area school districts where students participate in field experiences and student
teaching include, but are not limited to:

  • Bronson Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Coldwater Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Sturgis Community Schools (Michigan)
  • MSD of Steuben County Schools (Indiana)
  • Prairie Heights Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Hamilton Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Fremont Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Garrett, Keyser Butler Community Schools (Indiana)
  • DeKalb County Central United School District (Indiana)
  • DeKalb Eastern Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Quincy Community Schools (Michigan)
  • Edgerton Local School District (Ohio)
  • Edon-Northwest Local School District (Ohio)
  • Central Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • East Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • West Noble Community Schools (Indiana)
  • Lakeland Community Schools (Indiana)

With a degree in health and physical education, you have many opportunities for rewarding
careers and advanced studies.

Explore the Possibilities:

  • Teacher
  • Grade level or content department chair
  • Building principal
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Curriculum director
  • Child care worker
  • Coach
  • Athletic director
  • Community agency director
  • Counselor
  • Graduate student
  • Corporate trainer
  • Personal trainer

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