The teacher education program in Physical Education and Health prepares students to teach physical education and health in private and/or public schools. The Department offers teaching majors for PK-12 (All-grade) licensure. The PK-12 major consists of 52 semester hours of physical education and health specific content. The curriculum consists of course work in scientific and theoretical knowledge, skills and fitness based competency; planning and implementation; instructional delivery and management; impact on student learning; evaluation and assessment of learning; and professionalism which culminates in 16 weeks of student teaching. Aligned with our teaching philosophy, the physical education and health faculty believe it is important to provide as much hands on teaching experience throughout the course work within the major to best prepare students for their future career. A graduate of the physical education and health program will be prepared to design and implement a physical education and health curricula for PK-12. The Physical Education and Health major is accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and complies with accreditation standards set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE).
Teaching Major Grade & GPA Requirement
Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.
Teacher Certification (Physical Education)
The following programs are available for students who desire to prepare for the teaching profession: physical education all-grade major (P–12); physical education minor; and a health and safety education minor. To be recommended for licensure, teaching majors will also complete one of the Education Licensure minors offered in the Department of Teacher Education.
Physical Education (Teaching) Major
50 hours; C or better required on all courses; 2.75 major GPA required
Students seeking the Physical Education Teaching major complete 46 hours in the major, plus either the P-12 Education Licensure minor or the Secondary Education Licensure minor.