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Health & Physical Education (PK–12) + MS in Education Dual-Level Program

Develop the necessary skills in becoming an effective coach, fitness trainer, or health educator based in biblical truth.

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Why Health & PE + MS in Education?

A degree in Health and Physical education provides the student with numerous opportunities to be involved in the fields of health, fitness, athletics and education. Understanding the human body as it relates to living balanced and healthy lives is a starting point for personal wellness. After studying how to communicate this material to students of all ages, you will be empowered to impact the next generations to live healthy and productive lives while striving to glorify God in all that you do. Certification for this program includes PA State Health & PE PK–12 Instructional I as well as Association of Christian Schools International K–12; certification in Special Education PK–12 and/or TESOL PK–12 may be added onto this program.

How it Works

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years.

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Health & PE + MS in Education at Cairn

Academic Opportunity

Complete classroom observations from the first semester. Explore education theory and methods courses in the freshman and sophomore years rather than later in the program.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.

Campus Community

Apply your classroom knowledge through weekly Kidsport, an on-campus PE class for kids. Participate in HPEC, the University's health and physical education club.

Personalized Education

Choose to earn a BS in Education (157 credits) or a BS in Bible (163 credits) as your bachelor's degree

Hands-On Education

Prepare an Instructional Design Project on specific pedagogical principles. Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

Honor Program

Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a personal academic interest.

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Get an inside look at our Health & Physical Education (PK–12) + MS in Education Program

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 157

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • EDU 712 Curr Theory, Design, Assess
    • EDU 791 Instructional Design Project
    • EDU 713 Educational Research
    • HPE 441 Adapted Physical Education
    • HPE 331 Principles of Coaching
    • HPE 431 Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • HPE 432 Physiology of Exercise

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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Gregg Fanus

Gregg Fanus

Program Advisor, Health and Physical Education; Assistant Professor, School of Education

Professor Gregg Fanus teaches courses in health, physical education, and teaching methods and pedagogy.

In addition to teaching, Professor Fanus serves as the Associate Director of Athletics. He is also the faculty advisor for Cairn Force (Cairn’s Ultimate Disc club) & HPEC (Cairn’s Future Professionals in Health and Physical Education club). He has also served as advisor for the Health and Physical Education Program.

Prior to teaching at Cairn, Professor Fanus worked for 9 years as a health and physical education teacher at every level K-12, including 6 years of teaching adaptive physical education and physical education for autistic and emotional support classes. He has also coached tennis, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse for middle and high schoolers.

Sheryl Vasso

Sheryl Vasso

Chair, MS in Education; Professor, School of Education

Dr. Vasso teaches on diverse topics in education, including models of teaching, educators and education in film, children’s literature, curriculum design, and assessment. She has taught at all levels from elementary to post-graduate, including teaching teachers on 5 different continents.

In addition to teaching at Cairn, she is founder and president of Words of Worth, Inc. In that ministry, she teaches and writes Bible studies on various topics and books of the Bible. She enjoys speaking for church and para-church organizations, national and international conferences, and for various schools providing professional in-services for educators.

What Our Students Have To Say

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Ben Noble

The Health and PE program here at Cairn University has played a big role in my development as a teacher and as a man of the Lord. I have developed a great relationship with Professor Fanus and meaningful friendships with my classmates who have encouraged my growth as an up-and-coming teacher.

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