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​Health and Physical Education

Receive specialized training in teaching methods, skill proficiency, and field experiences in teaching and coaching.

The collaborative approach to this program is designed to produce teachers that will encourage all children and adolescents to embrace a physically active lifestyle with a focus on urban and inclusive settings. Students graduate qualified in both physical education and health education at all grade levels, maximizing their career potential.

About the School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework emphasizes anatomy and physiology, adaptive physical education, and community/environmental health. Sample courses include:

  • Teaching Methods for Elementary and Secondary Physical Education
  • Motor Behavior Across Lifespan
  • Teaching Health-Related Fitness
  • Analysis of Human Motion
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Community/Environmental Health

You may also take complementary classes at the University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Dual enrollment options are available.

Practical Experience

The health and physical education major is supported by many real-world learning opportunities.

  • Work with children in urban, suburban, and rural settings during up to nine in-classroom placements.
  • Experience inclusive education in international culture through travel to Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.
  • Build skills through practicum experience in a community organization such as Head Start or the Syracuse City School District.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.

Health and physical education majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University London Center. Summer programs of interest include South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience; Mount Everest Base Camp Trek: The Human Response to High Altitude, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction in Global Perspective (Vancouver).

To make study abroad more affordable, apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education students.  Explore study abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education .

Life After Syracuse University

A degree in health and physical education prepares you for a career as a/an:

  • Health teacher
  • Physical education teacher
  • Coach
  • Athletic trainer

Or pursue graduate-level education in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.