Physical Education

 

  • Mission Statement
    AS part of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, our mission is to inspire future professionals by providing a high quality education through an innovated, engaged learning experience. Within the broader mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the PEP program has dual missions:
    • The mission for Track I – Physical Education Major K-12 is to prepare students in the discipline of physical education. Students develop an understanding of the scientific foundations of human performance and become proficient in a variety of sports and physical activities. Graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education Track I (B.A., B.S.) are qualified to pursue teacher licensure, apply for graduate school and/or supervise and manage various recreational programs, organize and direct intramural programs, and teach in special education environments (i.e., alternative schools, Job Corps). Students will achieve this mission by completing a variety of coursework and practicum hours, ultimately allowing them to develop and practice sound physical education pedagogical skills.
    • The mission for Track II - Physical Education Major K-12/Licensure is to prepare students in the discipline of physical education and to prepare quality teacher candidates to teach physical education in school environments. Students develop an understanding of the scientific foundations of human performance and become proficient in a variety of sports and physical activities, which they can teach to others. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in physical education Track II (B.A., B.S.) are qualified to teach physical education and coach in public schools, grades K-12. Graduates are also qualified to apply for graduate school, supervise and manage various recreational programs, organize and direct intramural programs, and teach in special education environments (i.e., alternative schools, Job Corps). Students will achieve this mission by completing a variety of coursework and practicum hours, ultimately allowing them to develop and practice sound physical education pedagogical skills.

     

    • The results of implementing progressive, rigorous, and sequential course work, learning experiences, and program development for the graduate in physical education and physical education teaching are as follows:
    • At the conclusion of the students' program of study, students:
    • Know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals. are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K - 12 Standards. plan and implement developmentally appropriate learing experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
    • Students graduating with an undergraduate degree in physical education or physical education teaching face a myriad of exciting and ever-expanding career opportunities. Putting their knowledge into action, students learn how to improve their own lives while making a lasting impact on the quality of life for the students they teach. Graduates who work in the area of physical education and as physical education teachers are prepared to support real life changes that influence positive results.
    • Use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
    • Utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.
    • Possess dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.