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5 Year Dual Degree in Physical Education and Health Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What degrees will I have and certifications will I be able to apply for when I graduate from this program?

    Upon successful completion of this dual program, you will be
    In possession of:

    • a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physical Education & Health  
    • a Master of Science (M.S.)  in Health & Physical Education

    Able to obtain:

    • Initial Teaching Certification in both Physical Education and Health.

    Able to teach:

    • Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Physical Education
    • Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Health
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  • Why attend the Hofstra Program?

    Hofstra boasts the only dual degree program on Long Island that provides a B.S. and M.S. degree and teaching certification in health and physical education. All teachers need a Masters Degree for permanent teaching certification. The Hofstra program offers a fully integrated dual degree program designed to prepare highly qualified professionals. The program can be completed in 5 years.

  • How marketable are Hofstra graduates?

    The Hofstra health and physical education major programs are highly regarded by school districts and are known for preparing well-qualified and competent professionals. Over the years, our graduates have been the best advertisement for our programs.

  • Do I have to be an athlete to major in health and physical education?

    No, being a good teacher does not require that you are an athlete. If you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle, enjoy being active and engaging in sport activities, and you enjoy helping others learn and grow, you have the right ingredients to pursue the Hofstra program of study in health and physical education.

  • What are the graduation requirements?

    Graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Health requires:

    1. Completion of all General Education Core requirements
    2. Completion of all program prerequisites and corequisites
    3. Completion of all the 125 semester hour course requirements for the B.S.
    4. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education and physical education course work
    5. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in all course work

    Graduation with a Master of Science in Health & Physical Education requires:

    1. Completion of all General Education Core requirements
    2. Completion of all program prerequisites and corequisites
    3. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate course work
  • What if I decide not to continue into the MS Program?

    Students not electing to continue into the MS program will NOT be eligible for certification for Health or Physical Education.

  • How does this all work with teacher certification?

    Upon the successful completion of a teacher education program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for new York State Certification. Students are required to have passing scores on each of the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE):

    • The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
    • The Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)
    • The Physical Education Content Specialty Test (CST #076)
    • The Health Education Content Specialty Test  (CST #073)