Department of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study of Physical Education and Health involves courses in Kinesiology, Behavioral and Cultural Foundations, Health Education, Physical Education pedagogy, and educational foundations. These courses prepare individuals to effectively teach pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students’ motor skills and movement patterns; develop their understanding of movement concepts, skills, and strategies; and facilitate students’ knowledge of health related concepts related to lifelong fitness and health.
The Physical Education and Health P-12 major must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Woodring College of Education.
*85 credits in Physical Education and Health content area; 36 credits from the Secondary Education program including the student teaching internship. This major leads to an endorsement in health and fitness for grades P-12. See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Consider a Teaching Certification in P-12 Physical Education and Health Major?
This major provides concentrated study of Physical and Health Education. Completion of requirements leads to Teacher Certification in P-12 Physical Education and Health (Health and Fitness). The program is unique in that it consists of four sequential five-credit blocks in Physical Education pedagogy with practicum experiences at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels in diverse teaching environments, allowing students concentrated time to develop teaching strategies while working with children and adolescents in the school based setting. Ongoing analysis of teaching effectiveness is incorporated throughout the program. The health component requires a series of 17 credits of coursework and practica in a health education setting which is integrated into PE 441p. The number of students admitted into the program is limited.
P-12 Physical Education Teacher | Health Education Teacher
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Students desiring entry into the program should follow the process outlined below:
- Meet the minimum qualifications of the Woodring College of Education admissions process. This can be initiated and completed as early as the winter or spring quarters before applying to the physical education and health program the following fall. It is imperative that students begin this process as soon as they are interested in the program. Students who do not meet the minimum qualifications of Woodring College of Education cannot apply for entry into the P-12 physical education and health program.
- Meet with a department advisor to declare the pre-major and outline a plan of study.
- Enroll in KIN 308, PE 340 and BIOL 348 fall quarter.
NOTE: BIOL 348 may be taken prior to fall quarter.
- Submit a completed application packet for the P-12 physical education and health program early in October. See advisor for exact application date. Students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as they meet the minimum qualifications of Woodring College of Education. This can be done as early as spring quarter before applying to the P-12 physical education and health program the following fall (applications are available in Bond Hall 103, the main office of the HHD department).
- Successful completion (grade C or better) of BIOL 348, KIN 308, PE 340
- Applications for the P-12 physical education and health program will be reviewed by faculty, and a limited number of candidates will be accepted into the program and notified prior to winter quarter. Criteria for acceptance are established by physical education faculty, and applications will be evaluated accordingly. Application procedures include an oral presentation and interview.
Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the secondary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement and the academic major.