Students enrolled in the ASU Health and Physical Education Program have a variety of opportunities to expand their education well beyond the walls of the classroom by serving members of the local community. The result is a broader, richer didactic experience that benefits not only the HPE major, but those in the local community as well. This type of educational experience is termed Service-Learning.

Service-Learning Defined

Service-Learning is a course-based or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students (a) participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community, and (b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.

To learn more about service-learning at ASU, please visit Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT).

Service-Learning Opportunities in the HPE Program

HPE 4310 Elementary PE: The ASU Homeschool Physical Education Program

Junior level HPE majors enrolled in a teaching methods course, HPE 4310 engage in service-learning by teaching physical education classes to local homeschool children two days per week on the ASU campus. Homeschool PE classes are organized into three developmental levels: Cadets (5‐6 years), Juniors (7‐8 years), and Seniors (9+ years) and the PETE majors use the innovative, research verified SPARK physical education curriculum in the program. Throughout the Homeschool PE Program, HPE majors lead PE classes, develop newsletters, and plan an end-of-semester activity festival for the homeschool students. In addition, majors plan and implement an activity-based program for parents of the homeschoolers. This mutually beneficial experience is epitomizes service-learning.

Visit the ASU PE Homeschool Program website to learn more about the program.

Physical Education Majors Club (PEMC)

Opportunities to learn and provide service while enrolled in the HPE program are not limited to just coursework! Our student major's professional organization, the PEMC, is involved in a variety of professional and service development efforts such as resume and interviewing workshops as well as the Adopt-A-Highway program. Learn more about the PEMC.