Sep 29, 2022  
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog

Physical Education and Health P-12, BAE


Department of Health and Human Development, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

110 credits*

Introduction

The study of Physical Education and Health involves courses in Kinesiology, Behavioral and Cultural Foundations, Health Education, Physical Education and Health 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.

*34 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. For questions about the teacher certification process or when to apply, contact PE/Health Education Advisors Dr. Washburn, Dr. Robey, or the general advisor Jen Leita (contact information below). For additional information, 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 five 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.

 Contact Information

PE/Health - Education Advisors
Dr. Nick Washburn
Carver 201E
360-650-7709
Nick.Washburn@wwu.edu

Dr. Hillary Robey
Carver 201F
360-650-6353
Hillary.Robey@wwu.edu

General Information
and Advising

Jen Leita
Carver 201A
360-650-4377
Jen.Leita@wwu.edu

Teacher Education Admission
Miller Hall 150
360-650-4887
wce.wwu.edu/admissions/contact

Secondary Education website 
wce.wwu.edu/sec/secondary-education

 

Secondary Education Program Manager
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C
360-650-3347
Janna.Cecka@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

P-12 Physical Education Teacher | Health Education Teacher

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

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. Students must apply to Woodring’s Secondary Education program by the September 1 deadline before applying to the physical education and health (PEH) P-12 program the following fall. Students who do not meet the minimum qualifications of Woodring College of Education cannot apply for entry into the PEH P-12 program.
  • Meet with Jen Leita to declare the pre-major, outline a plan of study, and receive an application packet for the PEH P-12 program. Students are encouraged to submit this application as soon as they meet the minimum qualifications of Woodring College of Education.
  • Enroll in KIN 308, PEH 340 and BIOL 348 fall quarter. Note: BIOL 348 may be taken prior to fall quarter.
  • Successful completion (grade C or better) of BIOL 348, KIN 308, PEH 340 is required before starting the PEH P-12 program in the winter quarter.
  • Applications for the PEH P-12 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.

Grade Requirements

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.

Requirements


Health Education (10 credits)


Nutrition (3 credits)