Physical Education

The physical education program offers concentrations in physical education teacher preparation, exercise science and athletic training. Candidates achieving teaching certification may also pursue a coaching endorsement and/or adapted physical education endorsement.

Physical Education Teacher Preparation

The teacher preparation programs in physical education are designed to prepare candidates to teach physical education in elementary and/or secondary schools. Certification programs leading to a Physical Education K-6 Endorsement and a Physical Education 7-12 Endorsement are available. Candidates must have a cumulative gpa of at least 2.75, no grade lower than “C-” in required courses, and no incompletes in required physical education courses to student teach and be recommended for graduation. All candidates seeking teaching certification in physical education are required to complete the university general education requirements and professional education sequence (EDUC 2010, 2020, 2030, 2510, 2520, 2524); and the professional physical education course requirements (PE 1800, 2220, 2430, 2800, 2880, 4150, 4220, 4630, 4930, 4940, HED 3030, PHYS 1110, 1154, PEA 111V Swimming).

K-6 Teaching Endorsement

In addition to the general education requirements, the professional education sequence, State certification requirements, the professional physical education course requirements and the activity course requirements, candidates seeking the K-6 teaching endorsement must complete TED 4640 and the physical education K-6 specialization requirements (PE 2310, 2320, 2330, 3060, 3210, 3350.)

7-12 Teaching Endorsement

In addition to general education requirements, the professional education sequence, the State certification requirements, professional physical education course requirements and the activity course requirements, candidates seeking the 7-12 teaching endorsement must complete TED 3690, 4640, and the physical education 7-12 specialization requirements (PE 2310, 2320, 2330, 3250, 4000.

Supplemental Coaching Endorsement

To receive a coaching endorsement, a candidate must possess or simultaneously receive teaching certification. Physical education majors must complete the requirements for K-6 and/or 7-12 endorsement and complete PE 3040, 4500, any two of PE 3720, 3730, 3740, 3750, 3760, 3770, 3780, 3790 and two coaching practica (PE 4980). Non-physical education majors must complete HED 3030, PE 3010, 3040, 3480 or 4220, and any two of PE 3720, PE 3730, 3740, 3750, 3760, 3770, 3780, 3790 and two coaching practica (PE 4980).

Supplemental Adapted Physical Education Endorsement

To receive an adapted physical education endorsement, a candidate must possess or simultaneously receive teaching certification. Candidates seeking the adapted physical education endorsement must complete EDUC 2510 or SPED 8030, PE 2800, 4150, 4170/8176, 4180/8186, 4260/8266, 3350 or 4000, and PEA 112B, Adapted Aquatics.

Exercise Science

The exercise science concentration in physical education is designed to prepare students to assume positions as fitness or health promotion directors and exercise trainers and consultants in private or public agencies, health centers, cardiac rehabilitation programs, as well as corporate fitness programs. This concentration is also an excellent choice for students in the preprofessional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine. It does not lead to a state teaching certification. Students must have a cumulative and major gpa of at least 2.5, no grade lower than “C-” in required courses, and no incompletes in required courses to do an internship and be recommended for graduation.

In addition to the university general education requirements, the following courses must be taken: PEA 111V Swimming, PE 1800, 2210, 2220, 2430, 2800, 2880, 3040, 3900, 4010, 4150, 4200, 4220, 4630, 4700, 4800, 4900, 4910, 4930, 4940, HPER 3090, HED 2310, 2850, 3030, 4550, CSCI 1000, CHEM 1140, 1144, MGMT 2800, PHYS 1110, 1154, PSYC 1010, PSYC 4630 or 4640, and nine hours of recommended electives.

Athletic Training

An Athletic Trainer is a qualified health care professional educated and experienced in the management of health care problems of the physically active. The athletic training program is designed to prepare students for a professional career in athletic training. Successful completion of this program provides the eligibility to sit for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification examination. In addition to the university general education requirements, the following professional preparation courses must be taken: PE 1010, 1800, 2700, 2880, 4010, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360, 4630, 4930, 4940, 4960, 4990, HPER 3090, EDUC 2030; and 24 hours of electives approved by the advisor. International applicants are recommended to have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. Accreditation standards require formal admission to this program . Students must be formally admitted to the program to register for the athletic training core courses (PE 2700, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4350, 4360).

Once admitted to the Athletic Training Program, the student will obtain most of the clinical hours as part of course requirements. Students may obtain application materials from the HPER office. A grade of “C-” or higher in PE 1010 and PE 2880 and a cumulative gpa of at least 2.5 are required to apply. Applications must be submitted by March 1 for fall semester admission. Acceptance will be based on the completeness and quality of the application, the number of openings available, gpa, academic performance in PE 1010 and PE 2880, previous athletic training experience, and an interview with the selection committee. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Contact the School of HPER for admission requirements, acceptance criteria, technical standards and applications.

The first semester after admission is a probationary period during which the student will be evaluated in terms of academic performance, reliability, productivity, communication skills, and progression of athletic training competencies and proficiencies. At the end of the probationary period, the student will meet with the athletic training program staff to discuss his/her future in the athletic training program. Students must have a cumulative and major gpa of at least 2.5, no grades lower than “C-” in required courses, and no incompletes in required courses to do an internship and be recommended for graduation. Once admitted students are required to meet technical standards and First Aid and CPR requirements.

Additional hours will be necessary to complete the educational competencies, proficiencies, and qualify for the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification examination. Students are expected to obtain at least 1,000 hours of clinical experience. Clinical experience includes some nights, weekends and travel. Clinical experience must be obtained over a minimum of two years (four academic semesters).