Physical Education, P-12 Certification

Offered as a major & minor
Division Level

The purpose of the Physical Education program is to prepare students for entry-level teaching and non-teaching positions through the development of necessary knowledge, skills and experiences, and to emphasize the importance of movement and exercise for a lifetime of personal wellness. The student will be prepared to make informed choices and decisions based on a meaningful curriculum which includes a variety of on and off campus learning experiences.  

  • Students will know, understand, and be able to explain either orally or in written form, the six principles of what constitutes a physically educated person, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

  • Students will understand how the field of physical education in the United States has evolved over time by examining the various attitudes and behaviors of a variety of cultures through history.

  • Students will develop a functional understanding of the anatomy and physiological processes of the human body.

  • Students, on the teacher certification track, will pass the PRAXIS II examination before beginning the student teaching assignment and will demonstrate the ability to develop lesson plans and to teach physical education related subject matter in a public school setting (student teaching experience).

  • Students, on the non-teaching track, will achieve a proficiency in a wide variety of laboratory equipment and testing procedures.

  • Students will develop a proficiency in using a variety of workplace related technology such as word processing, spreadsheet, and graphic presentation software.

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