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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 Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist. An retention process is required for the Teacher Certification option. Specific requirements and standards are listed for each of the two options.

Major Requirements

Teacher Certification Option

84 credits

Declaration of Major and Retention Criteria

Students are accepted to the College as Physical Education majors, Teacher Certification (PETC) option, as described below. Students are advised and assisted with program planning throughout the program of study.

PETC Declaration

Students accepted to the College who wish to pursue the Physical Education major, Teacher Certification option must complete a Declaration of Major form within the HPPE 100 Issues in Physical Education course, or upon consultation with the Human Performance and Movement Sciences Department chair.

Both internal and external transfer students, upon consultation with the Human Performance and Movement Sciences Department chair, may complete the Declaration of Major form. Retention within the PETC program, beyond the first-year classes, will depend upon available openings, and will be consistent with established retention guidelines.

PETC Retention

Retention within the PETC program occurs each year. Because of the professional nature of the PETC program, the following criteria for retention and program completion have been established.

End of First Year

Upon completion of the first year of study (May), each cohort of PETC majors is limited to 18 students. In order to be retained within the program, students must submit a portfolio that meets retention standards, as evidence of each of the following expectations:

  • Personal Identity:
    Biographical Information
  • Program Planning and Academic Progress:
    Overall GPA of 2.65, major GPA of 2.65, and grade C or higher in the following HPPE courses (must have taken a minimum of two of the following):
    • HPPE 100 Issues in Physical Education (4 credits)
    • HPPE 260 Total Fitness (2 credits)
    • HPPE 277 Invasion Games Fall (2 credits)
    • HPPE 278 Net/Wall Games Spring (2 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: Admission to Educator Preparation is a separate process and is required of all students (refer to Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 1).

During the Second Year

  • Admission to the Educator Preparation Program (Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 1)
  • Following admission to Educator Preparation, progression through the program is dependent upon meeting the criteria for successful completion of Decision Points 2-5

Following the Second Year

  • Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 2: First Practicum
  • Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 3: Second Practicum
  • Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 4: Prior to Student Teaching
  • Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, Decision Point 5: Recommendation for Endorsement

Teacher Certification Option Course Requirements

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 are required to be certified in Standard First Aid, Adult and Child CPR, and AED for courses marked with a 1.

Physical Education Teacher Certification Requirements

72 credits

  • HPPE 100 Issues in Physical Education
  • HP 200 Applied Kinesiology
  • PSYC 311 Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • HP 201 Physiology of Exercise
  • HPPE 360 Teaching Physical Education
  • HPPE 361 Adapted Physical Education
  • HPPE 362 Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs
  • HPPE 363 Assessment of K-12 Physical Education Learners (2 credits)
  • HPPE 375 Practicum: Teaching Elementary ¹
  • HPPE 376 Practicum: Teaching Secondary ¹
  • HPPE 475 Student Teaching: Elementary ¹ (6 credits)
  • HPPE 476 Student Teaching: Secondary ¹ (6 credits)
  • HPPE 477 Student Teaching Seminar

Skills and Techniques

The following courses, which must be taken in sequence as follows:

Freshman Year:

  • HPPE 260 Total Fitness - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 277 Invasion Games - Fall (2 credit)
  • HPPE 278 Net/Wall Games - Spring (2 credits)

Sophomore Year:

  • HPPE 255 Developmental Movement - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 281 Fielding/Striking/Target Games - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 283 Educational Gymnastics - Spring (1 credit)
  • HPPE 267 Individual Activities - Spring (2 credits)

Junior Year:

  • HPPE 261 Fitness Curriculum for K-12 Learners - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 256 Rhythms - Spring (2 credits)
  • HPPE 268 Outdoor Pursuits - Spring (1 credits)

Additional Expectations and Responsibilities for Program Retention and Fees

  • Students are responsible for the purchase of PETC shirts (pending successful completion of PETC retention portfolio) and expenses associated with Admission to Educator Preparation, and required criminal background checks for specific clinical placements.
  • Travel is required for practicum and student teaching experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist Option

The Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist option (CYPAS) prepares students to promote and teach physical activities to children and youth within a community or outdoor setting. This non-licensure option merges an understanding of child and youth development with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to instruct a variety of physical activities. Students who graduate from this program are prepared to become physical activity leaders in one or more of the following settings: recreation, sports and dance clubs/teams, after school programs, and outdoor programs.

Does not lead to K-12 certification.

Declaration of Major

Students are accepted to the College as Physical Education majors, Child and Youth Physical Activity (CYPAS) option, as described below. Students are advised and assisted with program planning throughout the program of study.

Students accepted to the College who wish to pursue the Physical Education major, Child and Youth Physical Activity option must complete a Declaration of Major form within the HPPE 100 Issues in Physical Education course, or upon consultation with the Human Performance and Movement Sciences Department chair.

Both internal and external transfer students, upon consultation with the Human Performance and Movement Sciences Department chair, may complete the Declaration of Major form. Retention within the CYPAS program, beyond the first-year classes, will depend upon available openings.

Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist Option Course Requirements

63 Credits

  • HPPE 100 Issues in Physical Education
  • HLSC 101 Health and Wellness
  • PSYC 311 Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • HP 200 Applied Kinesiology
  • HP 201 Physiology of Exercise
  • HP 210 Introduction to Coaching
  • HPPE 360 Teaching Physical Education
  • HPPE 362 Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs
  • IIHP 310 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport
  • HPPE 374 CYPAS Practicum 1 ¹
  • HPPE 474 CYPAS Practicum 2 (6 credits) ¹

Skills and Techniques

The following courses, which must be taken in sequence as follows:

Freshman Year:

  • HPPE 260 Total Fitness - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 277 Invasion Games - Fall (2 credit)
  • HPPE 278 Net/Wall Games - Spring (2 credits)

Sophomore Year:

  • HPPE 255 Developmental Movement - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 281 Fielding/Striking/Target Games - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 283 Educational Gymnastics - Spring (1 credit)
  • HPPE 267 Individual Activities - Spring (2 credits)

Junior Year:

  • HPPE 261 Fitness Curriculum for K-12 Learners - Fall (2 credits)
  • HPPE 256 Rhythms - Spring (2 credits)
  • HPPE 268 Outdoor Pursuits - Spring (1 credits)

Open Electives

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits

Additional Expectations and Responsibilities for Program and Fees

Travel is required for practicum experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Open Electives

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits