Physical Education & Health Education

Physical Education & Exercise Science

Graduates with a major in Physical Education and Health Education (PHE) will have the skills and knowledge necessary to become effective Physical Education and Health Education teachers. Students who earn a major in physical education and health education, with teacher licensure, are qualified to teach physical education and health education in grades K-12 in North Carolina and many other states. North Carolina currently has reciprocity with approximately 45 other states which typically allows our graduates to be eligible for immediate employment in those states. After successfully passing appropriate licensure tests and completing some additional coursework, graduates frequently gain employment in the remaining states.

The Teacher Education Program, with which the Physical Education & Health Education major is associated, requires students to participate in three different field experiences prior to student teaching. Since North Carolina licensure in Physical Education & Health Education is for grades K-12, Physical Education & Health Education majors in the Teacher Education Program complete a field experience in each of three settings: an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. Students are allowed to choose the setting in which they complete their full-semester student teaching experience.

Most field experiences take place in the Cumberland County School System, which provides a quality education to over 54,000 students. Cumberland County has over 30 elementary schools, over 10 middle schools, and seven high schools with more schools currently under construction. Students may also choose to do their field experiences and student teaching with the Fort Bragg School System, which is part of the Department of Defense, and nearby communities such as Hoke, Harnett, and Johnston counties. Students are supervised on-site by their cooperating teacher and by a Methodist University Physical and Health Education, or Education Department faculty member.

Contact the Physical Education & Health Education Program

Dr. Grayson Lipford

Grayson Lipford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science
(910) 630-7450
Riddle 209S
Dr. Grayson Lipford
Grayson Lipford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Education & Exercise Science

B.S., Longwood University; M.S., James Madison University; Ph.D., CSCS, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bio:

Dr. Gray Lipford is a native of Virginia, having lived in Tidewater, the Shenandoah Valley and, more recently Richmond. After obtaining a B.S. in Physical Education - Sports Communication at Longwood and a M.S. in Athletic Administration at James Madison, Dr. Lipford spent the next 15 years working as a personal trainer and managing fitness programs and facilities at both for-profit and not-for-profit venues. Just before returning for his Ph.D. he was the Operations Director for the James Center YMCA in downtown Richmond and trained the fitness staff for the Richmond YMCA Association branches.

Dr. Lipford earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University where he researched the effects of resistance exercise on vascular function on obese and non-obese individuals.

Before coming to Methodist University in 2011, Dr. Lipford was a visiting professor in the Exercise Science department at UNC Chapel Hill.

At Methodist, Dr. Lipford coordinates both the Exercise and Sport Science and the Community Health Education programs. His research interests are varied, but include resistance exercise, cardiovascular fitness testing and effective teaching methods in physiology.

Dr. Lipford is an avid lifter, runner, and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauri (whom he met playing volleyball) and his son, Logan.

(910) 630-7450
Riddle 209S