Physical Education

Bachelor of Science
School of Professional and Graduate Studies

This interdisciplinary program provides students with multidimensional professional preparation in Physical Education. The Physical Education major is completed by selecting one of the following two options: Teacher Certification or Exercise Science. An application process is required for each of the options in the major. Specific requirements and standards are listed for each of the two options.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Teacher Certification Option

84 credits

This option is designed to prepare students to teach Physical Education in public schools and meets all current requirements by the State of New Hampshire for certification in physical education for grades K to 12. An admission process is required for the major. A decision to major in Physical Education should be made no later than the fall semester of the freshman year. For transfers and students who begin at a later time, additional time to meet degree requirements can be expected.

The application process for admission to the Teacher Certification option begins fall semester of the freshman year. The review of applicants and the official letter of notification of the results of this review would occur at the conclusion of the spring semester of the freshman year. If not accepted, the student will be eligible to reapply for admission during the next year’s admission period. Students applying are expected to have completed PE 100 and a minimum of 4 credits of PE major skills coursework. Transfer students may be eligible to apply for admission after one semester at KSC, which must include 3 credit hours of PE major skills coursework.

Admission Criteria

Students must submit a portfolio as evidence of each of the following expectations:

  • Personal Identity:
    Biographical Information
  • Program Planning and Academic Progress:
    Overall GPA of 2.5, major GPA of 2.5, and grade C or higher in the following PE courses:
    • PE 100 Foundations (2 credits)
    • PE 260 Total Fitness (2 credits)
    • PE 278 Racquet Sports (2 credits)
    • PE 286 Basketball (1 credit)
    • PE 288 Soccer/Speedball (1 credit)
  • Teaching Skills:
    Demonstration of basic competencies in planning, instruction, reflection, and assessment.
  • Professional Orientation:
    Documentation of progress in professional role modeling, professional writing, and professional experience.

NOTE: Acceptance into Educator Preparation is a separate process and is required of all students. Refer to Dual Major in Education.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

All students in an educator preparation program must meet the New Hampshire General Education Studies standard (ED 609.1). This standard is met by successful completion of the Keene State College Integrative Studies Program.

ALLIED REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

12 credits

BIO 230 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIO 232 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) are prerequisites for courses in the major for all students majoring in Physical Education Teacher Certification option. This sequence is normally started in the spring semester of the freshman year.

The prerequisite for BIO 230 is INCHEM 100, INCHEM 103, or INCHEM 111. Therefore, a chemistry course should be taken during the first semester of the freshman year.

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All students majoring in Physical Education with an option in Teacher Certification are required to be certified in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer for courses marked with a 1.

Physical Education Teacher Certification Requirements

72 credits

EDUC 100 Issues in Education (2 credits)
EDSP 202 Development, Exceptionality, and Learning
PE 100 Foundations of Physical Education (2 credits)
PE 200 Applied Kinesiology
PE 201 Physiology of Exercise
PE 360 Teaching Physical Education
PE 361 Adapted Physical Education
PE 362 Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs
PE 363 Assessment of K-12 Physical Education Learners (2 credits)
PE 375 Practicum: Teaching-Elementary 1
PE 376 Practicum: Teaching-Secondary 1
PE 475 Student Teaching: Elementary 1 (6 credits)
PE 476 Student Teaching: Secondary 1 (6 credits)
PE 477 Student Teaching Seminar

Skills and Techniques

18 credits in the following courses, which must be taken in sequence as follows:

Freshman Year:

PE 260 Total Fitness - Fall (2 credits)
PE 288 Soccer/Speedball - Fall (1 credit)
PE 278 Racquet Sports - Spring (2 credits)
PE 286 Basketball - Spring (1 credit)

Sophomore Year:

PE 255 Developmental Movement - Fall (2 credits)
PE 265 Secondary Activities - Fall (1 credit)
PE 287 Softball - Fall (1 credit)
PE 283 Gymnastics - Spring (2 credits)
PE 285 Volleyball - Spring (1 credit)

Junior Year:

PE 261 Fitness Curriculum for K-12 Learners - Fall (1 credit)
PE 282 Track and Field - Fall (1 credit)
PE 256 Rhythms - Spring (2 credits)
PE 268 Outdoor Skills - Spring (1 credit)

Exercise Science Option

65-66 credits

This option is designed for students who are interested in studying the body as it pertains to human movement and the changes that occur in the body in response to exercise. It is intended for students who would like to pursue a career in exercise science, sports medicine, or allied health. Exercise Science is a multidisciplinary science-based program, which is fast-growing and ever-changing. Exercise Scientists use their knowledge of the human body and exercise leadership skills to help people improve physical performance, fitness, and quality of life. Exercise Science is an area of study that prepares students for a variety of professions that include competitive sports, community recreation, health and wellness, rehabilitation, and medicine. The Exercise Science option has some flexibility where students must choose a concentration that best accomplishes their career objectives.

The application process for admission to the Exercise Science option begins fall semester of the freshman year. The review of applicants and the official letter of notification of the results of this review would occur at the conclusion of the spring semester of the freshman year. If not accepted, the student will be eligible to reapply for admission during the next year’s admission period. Students applying are expected to have completed HLSC 101, PE 250, and PE 191, obtaining a grade C or better in each of the courses listed. Transfer students may be eligible to apply for admission after one semester at KSC, but must have completed INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry or an equivalent course and BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or an equivalent course before applying.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Academic Progress

Overall GPA of 2.5, major GPA of 2.5 and a grade C or higher in the following courses:

  • HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
  • PE 191 Standard First Aid/CPR
  • PE 250 Concepts of Exercise Training

Professional Recommendations: Two recommendations for admission by KSC faculty (minimum one faculty member recommendation from outside of the Physical Education Department).

Professional Orientation: Documentation of progress in professional role modeling, professional writing, and professional experience.

RETENTION STANDARDS

Enrollment in PE 372, PE 472, and PE 492 requires the following standards:

  1. Student must receive a grade C or better in all required Exercise Science option courses.
  2. Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a major GPA of 2.5.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

All Physical Education majors in the Exercise Science option must follow guidelines provided in the KSC catalog for completion of the Integrative Studies Program.

ALLIED REQUIREMENTS FOR EXERCISE SCIENCE OPTION

12 credits

BIO 230 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIO 232 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) are prerequisites for courses in the major for all students majoring in Physical Education Exercise Science option. This sequence is normally started in the spring semester of the freshman year.

The prerequisite for BIO 230 is INCHEM 100, INCHEM 103, or INCHEM 111. Therefore, a chemistry course should be taken during the first semester of the freshman year. Also, ISPSYC 100 is required in order to fulfill prerequisites in the health concentration of the Exercise Science option.

Exercise Science Option Requirements

41 credits

HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
PE 191 Standard First Aid/CPR (1 credit)
PE 200 Applied Kinesiology
PE 201 Physiology of Exercise
PE 250 Concepts of Exercise Training
PE 332 Exercise Testing and Programming 2
PE 335 Advanced Strength and Conditioning 2
PE 344 Sports Nutrition
PE 372 Practicum: Exercise Leadership 2
PE 460 Experimental Design and Analysis in PE
Select one

  • PE 472 Exercise Science Externship 2
  • PE 492 Exercise Science Seminar 2

2 Students are required to have current certification in Adult CPR and First Aid.

Specialization Requirements

Complete one of the following in the specialization areas:

Health Specialization

12 credits

HLSC 285 Health in Society
Select one

  • HLSC 330 Health Psychology
  • IIPE 310 The Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport

HLSC 431 Stress Management

Coaching Specialization

11 credits

PE 210 Introduction to Coaching (3 credits)
Select one

  • MGT 260 Introduction to Sports Management
  • IIPE 310 The Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport

PE 371 Coaching Practicum

OPEN ELECTIVES

Select courses to reach a minimum total of 120 credits for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits