Physical Education Teacher Education Licensure
The teaching profession, with its concern for the education of children and youth,
is one of the most important professions society has to offer. A primary goal of the
Department of Health and Sport Sciences is to prepare students to teach physical education
and health, K-12. Students complete courses in general education, professional education,
and physical education. Physical education courses encompass specialized courses in
the foundations of physical education, skill development, and methods of teaching.
Throughout the undergraduate years, students engage in clinical experiences, culminating
with a full-year Residency student teaching experience during their senior year. Fully
accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
graduates are licensed to teach Physical Education and Health, K-12, in the State
Physical Education Teacher Education Non-Licensure
The Community Physical Education option is an alternative designed for students who
wish to teach and work in community-based youth serving agencies. The majority of
pedagogy and general education courses required in this option are the same as those
required in the K-12 Physical Education. However, specific course substitutions allow
students to specialize in community settings, and gain more knowledge and skill related
to the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based programs, as well
as the unique challenges and opportunities encountered in urban communities.
The student who successfully completes the concentration in Physical Education acquires
the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching and coaching in traditional schools
as well as community settings. Graduates elect to teach at elementary, middle school,
junior high, or high school levels or seek employment with community agencies such
as YMCAs, fitness centers, camps and other sport related businesses.