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Human Movement and Health Science Education

View the Human Movement and Health Science Education Course Catalog.

The mission of the Human Movement and Health Science Education (HMHSE) Program is to prepare educational leaders who promote quality programs for physical and health education, physical activity, fitness, recreation, and sport in a variety of settings. The HMHSE Program is nationally recognized by two specialized program associations, SHAPE America/National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Association for Health Education. The HMHSE Program certifies teachers in two academic content areas for licensure: physical education and health education, both for pre-kindergarten–12. The HMHSE Program is also a pre-professional preparation program for allied careers in non-school settings and a postgraduate-school preparation program for various allied disciplines. The HMHSE Program offers two minors that are open to Butler undergraduate students in all six colleges: Recreation and Sports Studies (18 hours) and Sport Coaching (19 hours).

  1. Teacher Licensure. Candidates who complete all Butler University, College of Education, and program graduation and certification requirements become eligible for Indiana state licensure in two content areas: physical education and health education. The consensus goal for physical and health education is for P–12 learners to develop health and physical literacy and to be able to move with confidence and competence to enhance knowledge, skills, and behaviors for a health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle for a life span. The progressive model begins with school curricula augmented by before- and after-school, community, and family-centered initiatives.
  2. Allied Professions. Graduates from the HMHS Program can pursue careers including but not limited to the following:
    1. Coaching—sports for all ages, abilities, and levels
    2. Fitness—personal training, corporate wellness, and group fitness instruction
    3. Athlete development and sports performance—strength and conditioning for youth sports; middle-, secondary-, collegiate-, and professional-level teams; or a sport-specific industry, i.e., golf, distance running, and team sports
    4. Rehabilitation—adjunct to athlete development and sports performance for recreational and organized sport participants, athletic training, physical therapy, and occupational therapyCommunity health—advocacy and education for families, individuals, schools, and corporations
    5. Nutrition—advocacy and education for private and public entities
    6. Health promotion—advocacy and education for private and public entities
  3. Postgraduate Studies. Candidates who complete the HMHSE Program can pursue graduate studies including but not limited to health and physical education, education administration, physical therapy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, exercise science, athletic training, sports leadership, and school counseling. The program prepares all candidates to sit for credible professional certifications such as those offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (Certified Health Education Specialist), the American College of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Group Exercise Instructor), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.