Dual Degrees: BS/MS and Dual Certification

Health and Physical Education in five years

Dual Degrees: B.S. & M.S. and Dual Certification: Health and Physical Education in five years

Tell me and I forget; Teach me and I remember; Involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin

What is the Dual Degree Program?

  • The dual degree program in Health and Physical Education is a 155-credit program that leads to a bachelor's and master's degree and New York State Certification to teach Health and Physical Education to pre-K–12 students. Dual certification in health and physical education is the preferred credential for many school districts looking to hire either health or physical education teachers. The Hofstra program provides a variety of field experiences.
  • This dual degree program is designed to prepare preservice health and physical education teachers to be scholarly, highly skilled, reflective practitioners who can meet the needs of students with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and special abilities in all grades. The program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the preservice teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative health and physical education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards in schools. Successful completion of all program requirements for the BS in Physical Education and Health and MS in Health and Physical Education will lead to the University’s recommendation for initial certification in both health and physical education.
  • This five-year program includes 125 undergraduate and 30 graduate credits in courses that include health and physical education content courses as well as methods courses that prepare students to develop creative, innovative, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate lessons and unit plans for teaching health and physical education. The program also includes coursework that provides a rich foundation of knowledge in human anatomy, physiology, and the movement sciences, health content, and personal life skills, as well as broad-based exposure to the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Hofstra students gain experience through a variety of field experiences built into the program curriculum. Students are assigned to a school as a part of their methodology courses and work directly with teachers in the field to gain hands-on experience. Students will have a variety of school-based experiences on their résumé when they graduate from the Hofstra program.
  • Hofstra has a full-service career center to help our graduates. The Hofstra health and kinesiology faculty are committed to experiential learning. Our program provides our preservice teachers with many opportunities to work with students of all ages as they progress through the program in a variety of different school settings.
  • Hofstra graduates are known for their strong knowledge of content, competence in designing, assessing, and evaluating instructional programs, and their effective teaching skills for meeting the needs of a broad spectrum of culturally diverse learners.

B.S. Major in Physical Education and Health/M.S. in Health & Physical Education: Suggested Five Year Sequence (155 s.h.)

FIRST YEAR (FALL)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS WSC 1 Composition 3 3
BS PSY 001 Introduction to Psychology 3 3
BS PESP 053 Foundations of Physical Education 3  
BS BIO 103 Anatomy & Physiology I 3 3
BS PESP 119 Introduction to Adventure Education 1  
BS   PE Activity Courses 1  
BS   Philosophy elective 3 3
   

TOTAL

17 12
FIRST YEAR (SPRING)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS WSC 2 Composition II 3 3
BS PESP 013A Fundamentals of Movement 4  
BS DANCE 121 Choreography 3 3
BS BIO 105 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 3
BS PESP 80 Fitness Programming 1  
BS   PE Activity Courses 2  
   

TOTAL

16 9
   

Running total

33 21
SECOND  YEAR (FALL)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS MATH 008 Elementary Mathematical Statistics 3 3
BS PSY 53 or 54 Child Psychology or Adolescent Psychology 3 3
BS PESP 167 Motor Learning 3  
BS PESP 012 Folk & Square Dance 1  
BS C & T 102 Dvl Lrn Chldhd/Adlscns 3  
BS LYST 100 Literacy for Special Topics 1  
BS   Liberal Arts Elective (under advisement) 3 3
   

TOTAL

17 9
   

Running Total

50 30
SECOND YEAR (SPRING)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS BIO 106 Exercise Physiology 3 3
BS PESP 104 Secondary Physical Education Methods 3  
BS PESP 155b Field Experience in Secondary Physical Education 1.5  
BS FDED 111 or 127 The American School / Philosophy of Education 3 3
BS HPFS 069 Stress Management 1  
BS PESP 108 Assessment in Physical Education 3  
BS PESP 136 Tactical Games II 1  
BS PESP 135 Tactical Games I 1  
   

TOTAL

16.5 6
   

Running Total

66.5 36
THIRD YEAR (FALL)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS PESP 106 Kinesiology 3  
BS PESP 159 Sport & Physical Education in Cross-Cult Context 3 3
BS PESP 103 Elementary Physical Education Methods 3  
BS PESP 155a Field Experience in Elementary Physical Education 1.5  
BS HPFS 66/212 Substance Abuse & Misuse 3  
BS   Language other than English 3 3
   

TOTAL

16.5 6
   

Running Total

83 42
THIRD YEAR (SPRING)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS   Literature Elective 3 3
BS PESP 170/170A Adapted Physical Education 4  
BS PESP 015A Gymnastics 1  
BS HPFS 114/213 Nutrition & Fitness 3  
BS PESP 138A Methods of Coaching 3  
      BS SPCM 1 Speech Communication 3 3
   

TOTAL

17 6
   

Running Total

100 48
FOURTH YEAR (FALL)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
BS PESP 164 Organization & Admin Physical Education 3  
BS HED 201 Introduction to Health & Disease 3  
MS HED 211 Human Sexuality Education 3  
MS HED 210 Mental Health Issues 3  
BS   PE Activity Course(s) 1  
BS   Liberal Arts Elective (under advisement) 3 3
   

TOTAL

16 3
   

Running Total

116 51
FOURTH YEAR (SPRING)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
MS HED 215 Media Literacy & Consumer Health 3  
BS HPFS 105/202 Health Education Curriculum Development 3  
MS HED 222 Implementing Health Curricula II (K-12) 3  
BS   History Elective 3 3
BS   Liberal Arts Elective (under advisement) 3 3
   

TOTAL

15 6
   

Running Total

131 57
FIFTH YEAR (FALL)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
MS HED 214 Chronic & Communicable Diseases 3  
MS HED 221 Implementing Health Curricula I (K-12) 3  
BS   Liberal Arts Elective (under advisement) 6 6
MS HED 300 Capstone: Health Education 3  
   

TOTAL

15 6
   

Running Total

146 63
FIFTH YEAR (SPRING)
Program     Semester Hours Liberal Arts
MS HED 272A Student Teaching: Elementary Health Education 1.5*  
MS HED 272B Student Teaching: Secondary Health Education 1.5*  
MS MSPE 272A Student Teaching: Elementary Physical Education 3  
  MSPE 272B Student Teaching: Secondary Physical Education 3  
   

TOTAL

9 0
   

Running Total

155 63
FIRST YEAR (FALL)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

WSC 1 Composition

3

3

BS

PSY 001 Introduction to Psychology

3

3

BS

MATH 008 Elementary Mathematical Statistics

3

3

BS

PESP 053 Foundations of Physical Education

3

 

BS

BIO 103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

BS

PESP Physical Education Activity Course(s)

1

12

   

TOTAL

16

12

FIRST YEAR (SPRING)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

WSC 2 Composition II

3

3

BS

PESP 013A Fundamentals of Human Movement

3

 

BS

PSY 53 or 54 Child Psychology or Adol. Psychology

3

3

BS

DANCE 121 Choreography 1

3

3

BS

BIO 105 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

BS

PESP Physical Education Activity Course(s)

1

 

BS

HPFS 69 Stress Management

1

 
   

TOTAL

17

12

   

Running total

33

24

SECOND  YEAR (FALL)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

PESP 104 Methods and Materials for Teaching at the Secondary Level

3

 

BS

PESP 155B Field Experience: 6th-12th Grade Physical Education

1.5

 

BS

PHI Philosophy elective

3

3

BS

PESP 159 Sport & Physical Education in Cross-Cultural Context

3

3

BS

PESP 106 Structural & Mechanical Kinesiology

3

 

BS

PESP 119 Cooperative and Adventure Activities

1

 

BS

PESP 25 Fitness for Life

2

 

BS

PESP 015A Gymnastics

1

 
   

TOTAL

17.5

6

   

Running Total

50.5

30

SECOND YEAR (SPRING)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

BIO 106 Physiology of Exercise

3

3

BS

PESP 103 Methods and Materials for Teaching at the Elementary Level

3

 

BS

HIST History Elective

3

3

BS

FDED 111 or 127 The American School OR Introduction to Philosophy of Education

3

3

BS

PESP 155A Field Experience: PreK-5th Grade Physical Education

1.5

 

BS

SPCM 1, 7, or 55 Oral Communication

3

3

   

TOTAL

16.5

12

   

Running Total

67

42

THIRD YEAR (FALL)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

LAS Liberal Arts Elective

3

3

BS

PESP 167 Principles of Perceptual Motor Learning

3

 

BS

PESP 012 Folk & Square Dance

1

 

BS

CT 102 Development & Learning in Childhood & Adolescence

3

 

BS

HPFS 102 Organization & Administration of School Health Programs

3

 

BS

HPFS 62/HED 201 Personal and Community Health/Health & Disease

3

 

BS

PESP 135 Tactical Concepts and Teaching Methods for Team Sports

1

 
   

TOTAL

17

3

   

Running Total

84

45

THIRD YEAR (SPRING)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

PESP 108 Assessment in Physical Education

3

 

BS

PESP 136 Tactical Concepts and Teaching Methods for Individual Sports

1

 

BS

HPFS 66 Drugs and Alcohol

3

 

BS

HPFS 114 Applied Nutrition, Diet and Exercise

3

 

BS

PESP 138A Methods of Coaching

3

 

BS

LAS Liberal Arts Elective

3

3

BS

PESP 80 Programming Fitness Activities

1

 
   

TOTAL

17

3

   

Running Total

101

48

FOURTH YEAR (FALL)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

PESP 164 Organization & Administration of Physical Education

3

 

BS

LYST 100 Literacy. Health and Physical Education

1

 

MS

HED 211 Human Sexuality and Family Life Education

3

 

MS

HED 210 Mental Health Issues for Health Educators

3

 

BS

LAS Liberal Arts Elective

3

3

BS

LAS Liberal Arts Elective

3

3

   

TOTAL

16

6

   

Running Total

117

54

FOURTH YEAR (SPRING)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

  Foreign Language

3

3

BS

PESP 170/170A Adapted Physical Education/Field Experience

4

 

MS

HED 215 Media Literacy & Consumer Health

3

 

MS

HED 222 Implementing Health Curricula, Grades (6-12)

3

 
         
   

TOTAL

13

3

   

Running Total

130

57

FIFTH YEAR (FALL)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

BS

LIT Literature Elective

3

3

BS

LAS Liberal Arts Elective

3

3

MS

HED 221 Health and the Elementary Child/Implementing Health Curricula (K-5)

3

 

MS

HED 214 Chronic & Communicable Diseases

3

 
   

TOTAL

12

6

   

Running Total

142

63

FIFTH YEAR (SPRING)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

MS

HED 272A Student Teaching: Elementary Health Education

1.5*

 

MS

HED 272B Student Teaching: Secondary Health Education

1.5*

 

MS

MSPE 272A Student Teaching: Elementary Physical Education

3

 

MS

MSPE 272B Student Teaching: Secondary Physical Education

3

 
   

TOTAL

9

 
   

Running Total

151

 
  • Health Student Teaching occur during the January session
FIFTH YEAR (SUMMER)

Program

   

Semester Hours

Liberal Arts

MS

HED 300 Capstone Seminar in Health Education

3

 
   

TOTAL

3

 
   

Running Total

154

 

Hofstra is the only local university with an on campus adventure education facility. We also have an Olympic size swimming pool, a large multi-purpose Physical Education Building, a weight room, a brand new, state of the art fitness center, a Recreation Building with a wide variety of intramural and recreational activities, and tennis courts. The program is housed in the Dome Building and has ample and convenient parking.

Students wishing to enroll in the-dual degree program have two entry options:

(1) Direct admission to the dual-degree program
Students entering Hofstra as incoming freshmen can apply for direct admission to this dual-degree program.  Applicants must have a combined SAT score of 1220 (or an ACT score of 27) and an overall high school GPA of 3.5 (or be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class) in order to be considered for admission.  Students admitted directly to the dual-degree program as incoming freshmen will be admitted automatically to the M.S. program at the end of their junior year provided that they fulfill the following requirements:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 following completion of at least 90 s.h. of course work toward the B.S. degree; and
  • successful completion of PESP 109 and PESP 106.

(2) Admission to the dual-degree program for current Hofstra students
Qualified Hofstra students majoring in Physical Education (B.S.) or qualified transfer students can apply for admission to the dual-degree program upon completion of the first semester of their junior year of undergraduate work.  In order to qualify for admission to the dual-degree program, a student must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.  Students admitted to the dual-degree program should note that admission to the M.S. portion of the program requires the fulfillment of the following requirements:

  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application to the M.S. program;  and
  • successful completion of PESP 109 and PESP 106.

Undergraduate students must apply and be accepted and/or transitioned into the graduate program before being allowed to take graduate courses as part of their undergraduate program.  In addition, students must complete at least 90 s.h. toward their B.S. degree, with at least 30 s.h. completed in residence at Hofstra, before being permitted to take graduate courses for the M.S. program in Health & Physical 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
  • Please see our Careers page for other employment options
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)

Careers

Why Major in Health and Physical Education?

  • Graduates of this program have made themselves instantly more marketable because of his or her potential versatility in a school environment. School districts prefer to hire teachers with dual certification in Health and Physical Education.
  • The Hofstra program leads to New York State teaching certification in two closely linked and vitally important subject areas: health and physical education.  For those who love to be active and are committed to healthy living, this program of study provides opportunities for a rewarding career helping others develop active and healthy lifestyles.  No other content specific area taught in schools today has the potential to so strongly influence students’ physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • With the obesity epidemic and increased incidence of chronic  and other lifestyle diseases in this country, the need for trained professionals who can educate and motivate others to incorporate movement, fitness, nutrition and other healthy personal life skills into their daily lives has become critically important to our nation’s health.
  • Do you love sports and being active? Do you believe a healthy life style is important? Do you like working with others and helping them succeed? If so, this may be a good career for you!

Careers in Health and Physical Education

Although the dual degree program at Hofstra leads to NYS PK-12 teaching certification, there are many alternative career opportunities for professionals with a Masters degree in health and physical education. In addition to teaching, graduates can:

  • Teach in community-based programs
  • Work in athletic programs as interscholastic, intercollegiate or travel team coaches
  • Provide instruction in nutrition and fitness in health clubs, private gyms, and spas
  • Work in recreational settings such as YMCAs and camps
  • Provide leadership in sports organizations such as Little League
  • Work in adventure education programs that are corporate, community, or school-based.
  • Have the opportunity to develop recreational classes and fitness development programs in senior citizen and independent living programs

Contact Information

Program Director
Nancy Halliday, PhD
Email