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-12 Endorsement and a Physical Education 7-12 Endorsement are available. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75, no grade lower than “C-“ in required classes 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 College of Education general education requirements and professional education sequence (EDUC 2010, 2020, 2510, 2520); the State requirements (EDUC 2030); and the professional physical education course requirements (PE 1800, 2220, 2430, 2400, 2430, 2500, 2800, 4150, 4220, 4630, 4930, 4940, HED 3030, PHYS 1110, 1154, PEA 111V).
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 4600 and the physical education K-6 specialization requirements (2310, 2320, 2330, 3060, 3300, 3350).
7-12 Teaching Endorsement
In additional to general education requirements, the professional education sequence, the State certification requirements, the professional physical education course requirements and the activity course requirements, the candidates seeking the 7-12 teaching endorsement must complete TED 3690, 4600 and the physical education 7-12 specialization requirements (2310, 2320, 2330, 3300, 4000, 4150).
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-12 and/or 7-12 endorsement and complete PE 3040, 4500, any two of PE 3720, 3730, 370, 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, 3730, 370, 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, 3340 or 4000, and PEA 112B.
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 professional programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy and medicine. It does not lead to 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 general education requirements, the following courses must be taken: PE 1800, 2210, 2220, 2400, 2430, 2500, 2800, 3040, 3900, 4010, 4150, 4630, 4800, 4910, 4930, 4940, HPER 3090, HED 3030, 4550, PHYS 1110, 1154, CHEM 1120, PSYC 1010, four hours of physical activity core from ABCD categories (PEA 111P, 111Q, 111T, 111S, 111V, 111Z, 112D, 112H, 112I, 112L, 112N, 112P) and 15 hours of professional electives from ABCD core categories.