Health & Physical Education

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

Training professional and capable Christian educators.

Study Health & Physical Education at LBC

Educating Body, Mind and Soul

Our bodies are the dwelling place of God. And in the Gospels, Jesus commands us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. At Lancaster Bible College, we know the value of health & physical education and strive to train up teachers who care for the whole student: mind, body and soul.

LBC’s health & physical education program is unique for a number of reasons: our students have the opportunity to teach and instruct students in their first semester, biblical principles are integrated into each course in the curriculum, assignments are designed to have practical application with long-term value as future educators.

At LBC, our students learn from caring, experienced professionals in the field and enjoy small class sizes. Additionally, our students fulfill multiple internships, practicum and student teaching requirements that place them in diverse educational settings. When you study health & physical education at Lancaster Bible College, you’ll get the chance to practice your skills in both Christian and public schools, and get a taste of what teaching on the elementary, middle and high school level is like—and all that happens before you even graduate.

Students who choose LBC’s health & physical education program leave the college with firm foundation in teaching the disciplines of their major, create a repertoire of games and activities to use in their own classes, graduate with double majors (one in biblical studies and the other in health & physical education) and receive multiple certifications on top of their degree to set them apart from the competition.

If you’re looking for a program that will give you practical, hands-on experience teaching health & physical education while also giving you an education based on the truth of the Bible, consider applying to LBC.

Why Study Health & Physical Education at LBC?

  • Earn your health & physical education degree in just four years—most other schools require five years for similar programs.
  • Receive teaching certification in PA and certification from the Association of Christian Schools International.
  • On top of earning your PA teacher certification, you’ll graduate with first aid certification and coaching certification.


Programs leading to teacher certification are approved by Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Your Journey

Program Credits: 143

Locations: Lancaster


Bachelor of Science in Education with majors in Health & Physical Education and Biblical Studies
Learn about licensure/certification for this program.

Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past:

  • Health & Physical Education Intern at a K-12 Christian School
  • Health & Physical Education Intern at a K-12 Public School


  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Adult Education)
  • Available as Minor

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,” – Luke 10:27a

A Closer Look: Health & Physical Education

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Real-World Experience

Our students get the chance to apply the practical skills they learn in the classroom through Charger PE, a community outreach program that invites homeschool children to take their physical education courses through LBC—all taught by our students.

Meet the Faculty

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Vickie Byler, EdD

Professor, Chair of Health & Physical Education

“If we truly believe we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we will look to God for our validation and not be pulled off course by the changing standards of the world.” — Dr. Byler

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Tom Randolph, EdD


“A first-class teacher is one who embraces the profession with passion, confidence and ingenuity.” — Mr. Randolph

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Gwen Shenk, MEd

Part-time Faculty

“Your talent, time and treasure are on loan from the Lord.  Use them wisely and for His glory.” – Mrs. Shenk

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Sample Course Outline

EDU 101 – The Teaching Profession

This course offers an introduction to the teaching profession by examining the characteristics of an effective teacher and the professional training required for an individual to be certified. It also reviews the school environment where instruction takes place, the educational philosophies that direct the design of teaching and learning, and the legislation that has impacted education at all levels including teacher preparation. These foundational concepts are analyzed in light of a biblical worldview for education.

HPE 105 – The HPE Professional

This course is intended to introduce prospective educators to the discipline and profession of Health & Physical Education. The student gains a historical perspective of how the field was developed, and is introduced to present-day teaching strategies and concerns in health and physical education. Authentic learning opportunities assist students in confirming their professional direction.

EDU 204 – Instructional Design

This course introduces students to the principles of instructional design. Students will understand the role outcomes and standards play in instructional design and will design ways to assess learning. Effective lesson planning will be discussed and practiced as students explore various instructional methods and materials. Instructional design will be observed and studied in classroom experiences.

SCI 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology

This course is designed to expand the student’s knowledge and understanding of the basic organization, structure, and function of the human body. The student identifies anatomy and explains physiology of the human body through comparative vertebrate observation and dissection.

EDU 333 – The Exceptional Child

This course will provide a general introduction to the diverse student population present in preK-12 classrooms. These students include those who are at risk, those who are culturally diverse, and those with any academic, emotional, mental, physical, or communicative differences. Discussions will include the assessment process, identification for eligibility, IEP development, and general pedagogical implications for each group.

HPE 311 – Teaching Elementary Health & Physical Education

This course is designed to introduce the student to methodology for teaching health and physical education in developmentally appropriate progression related to student readiness. Emphasis will be placed on course content and curriculum planning applicable to the elementary level student. Additionally, this course will provide an overview of the proper execution and analysis of basic movement patterns and the relationship of rhythm and movement through a fundamental movement education approach.

HPE 356 – School Health I

This course is designed to include the knowledge and skills necessary for the development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive health education curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. The students learn the teaching strategies to be used for the instruction of mental and emotional health, family and social health, growth and development, and nutrition. In addition, the student will receive an introduction to the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Taping, basic anatomy, and care of common injuries will be taught. American Red Cross CPR and American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Sport First Aid certifications may be granted upon completion of the course.

HPE 160 – Outdoor Education

This course is designed to be a powerful group experience that exposes the student to individual and group development through experience in outdoor activities. Emphasis is placed on learning basic skills in camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and ropes. It is a Challenge-by-Choice experience.

SCI 301 – Kinesiology

This course is designed to help students acquire a fundamental understanding of selected mechanical and anatomical laws of motion, actions caused by forces, and their application to the study of mechanical structure and analysis of motion. Students use and apply these principles to various forms of movement.

HPE 359 – School Health II

This course reviews the teaching strategies from HPE 356. Students learn further strategies for the instruction of personal health and physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, communicable and chronic diseases, consumer and community health, environmental health, injury prevention, and safety.

HPE 411 – Teaching Secondary Health & Physical Education

This course is designed to introduce the student to methodology for teaching physical education and health education in developmentally appropriate progression related to the readiness of each student at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on the course content and curriculum planning applicable to the middle and secondary level in both health and physical education.

A Closer Look: Objectives

As early as their freshman year, students in this major begin working with children through the ChargerPE4Me physical education program and various internships. The culminating student teaching experience in the final semester allows the student to work in both public and private schools (K-12) with experienced master teachers. Our graduates are fully prepared to be effective and relevant teachers in any educational setting

Careers and Jobs in Health & Physical Education

  • Athletic Director/Administrator
  • K-12 Physical Education Teacher
  • K-12 Health Teacher
  • Recreation or Camp Director

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