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The Health and Physical Education area of study within the Physical Education Program, houses the academic majors for undergraduate (B.S. Ed.) and graduate (M.S. Ed.) students pursuing teacher licensure and advanced studies in coaching and health and physical education designed for the PreK-12 school setting. This unique discipline is designed to promote the coaching and teaching competencies of future and current professionals. The curriculum is conceptual-based, aligned with SHAPE, America Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning. The coursework addresses a wide range of content and skill areas such as physical education pedagogy, teaching of sports, motor development, motor learning, coaching theory, motivational issues in sport, exercise science, biomechanics, and health education.


Undergraduate Programs

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Resources & Organizations

Resources and links for students obtaining their Degree within the Health and Physical Education Program.

Professional Organizations

**Look for special student membership prices and student conference fees to these organizations.


HPE Majors Club

The HPE Majors Club meets monthly and is open to all HPE majors from freshmen to seniors. The focus of the club has been to provide service to the community.Some recent activities have included Walk for Life (pictured below right), a sports day activity program for Thurgood Marshall Elementary School from Chesapeake (pictured below left), a Family Fun Night at Fairlawn Elementary School in Norfolk, and a collection drive for clothing, toys, and toilet articles for Mother’s Inc. in Virginia Beach, a women’s assistance organization. The club also participates in activities in the Darden College of Education including the annual Welcome Back Cook-Out with the SVEA and the Dean’s Leadership Team and university activities such as the Big Blue Experience. In recent years, the club has raised money for officers and interested students to attend professional conferences such as VAHPERD and AAHPERD.

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Program Accreditation

The Physical Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preperation (CAEP) through the Society of Health & Physical Educators (SHAPE, America). The Virginia Standards of Technology for Instructional Personnel are also satisfied within the coursework.

Old Dominion University's physical education and health teacher preparation program was recognized by the Council on Professional Preparation in Physical Education (COPPPE), an agency of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) as one of only 6 colleges and universities nation-wide to pass the NASPE program accreditation under the new NASPE standards for teacher preparation programs during the 2002-2003 academic year.