Wellness Education (PreK through Adult Physical/Health Education)

The Wellness Education (PreK-Adult) prepares competent and dedicated teachers who are able to design, deliver, and assess health and physical education programs that meet the needs of all students in PreK-Adult schools.  Candidates who complete this program will meet the requirements from the West Virginia Department of Education and will be granted a West Virginia teaching license in field.

Related Career Titles

Wellness Education (Certification) BS in Interdisciplinary Studies—Wellness
Physical Education Teacher  University Health and Wellness Coordinator*
Health Education Teacher Assistant Coach in School Setting
Athletic Director Recreational/Travel Sport Coach
Head Coach in a School Setting Recreation Center Activity/Sport Director
School Administrator (Principal)* College Head/Assistant Coach*
 Recreation Specialist

*Requires additional education

Standard 1: Content and Foundational Knowledge Wellness education candidates demonstrate an understanding of common and specialized content, and scientific and theoretical foundations for the delivery of an effective preK-12 health and physical education program. (CU Goal: 1)

Standard 2: Skillfulness and Health-Related Fitness Wellness education candidates are physically literate individuals who can demonstrate skillful performance in physical education content areas and health-enhancing levels of fitness. (CU Goal: 1)

Standard 3: Planning and Implementation Wellness education candidates apply content and foundational knowledge to plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and/or SHAPE America’s National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Health and Physical Education through the effective use of resources, accommodations and/or modifications, technology and metacognitive strategies to address the diverse needs of all students. (CU Goal: 2)

Standard 4: Instructional Delivery and Management Wellness education candidates engage students in meaningful learning experiences through effective use of pedagogical skills. They use communication, feedback, technology, and instructional and managerial skills to enhance student learning. (CU Goal: 3)

Standard 5: Assessment of Student Learning Wellness education candidates select and implement appropriate assessments to monitor students’ progress and guide decision making related to instruction and learning. (CU Goal: 2)

Standard 6: Professional Responsibility Wellness education candidates demonstrate behaviors essential to becoming effective professionals. They exhibit professional ethics and culturally competent practices; seek opportunities for continued professional development; and demonstrate knowledge of promotion/advocacy strategies for health and physical education and expanded physical activity opportunities that support the development of physically literate individuals. (CU Goal: 4)

  • Organizational Skills
  • Adaptability
  • Public/Private School Districts
  • Community-based Recreation Centers
  • College/University
  • State Parks
  • Fitness Facilities

Graduates over the past ten years have obtained full time teaching positions in the field of physical and/or health education in the following states: Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Nearly 90% of our graduates find a job in field after graduation.

Besides teaching in the public school setting, a handful of our graduates have found employments as NCAA coaches in the sports of Track and Field and Football.