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Physical Education

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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.

Teacher Certification Option

Tod Silegy

"This is the most satisfying job I've ever had. If a kid has a challenging home life or a hard time focusing, my class might be their best chance to experience success."
- Tod Silegy '76, middle-school PE teacher

The Teacher Certification Option is an NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accredited program designed to prepare students to teach Physical Education in grades K-12 in public schools.

In addition to practical experiences within a public school setting, mentoring undergraduate students and providing professional development opportunities is an integral part of the program. Keene State’s Physical Education Teacher Certification (PETC) graduates enjoy a reputation for being highly effective physical educators. More about Teacher Certification Option

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.

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July 27, 2016 –

On July 1, Keene State’s Physical Education Department changed its name to the Department of Human Performance and Movement Sciences.

“The primary reason for changing the name of the department was to better reflect the programs within it,” explained Professor Donna Smyth . “In addition, the new name, ‘Human Performance…

March 18, 2016 –

When you’ve created a class and you can’t find a textbook for your students, what can you do? Write your own, of course. Which is exactly what a couple of professors in Keene State’s Physical Education Department did.

About three years ago, doctors Wanda Swiger , associate professor of Physical…

December 11, 2015 –

“I consider it an art form. When you’re swimming very well it’s very much like a dance, feeling your body move through the water. There’s nothing quite like it.”

If anyone at Keene State College can describe the fluid motion of swimming, it’s Joel Feldmann.

A swimmer almost her entire…

November 17, 2015 –

Phys Ed major Sarah Kangas ’12 teaches K–5 PE at a public elementary school in Warrenton, Oregon, and she coaches the middle school cross-country and track and field teams. But her commitment to kids goes far beyond even that. This winter, she’ll be climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, with…

August 4, 2015 –

As part of a student athletic training internship program, Keene State students attend all home games and practices of the Connecticut Sun, a team in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Keene State’s connection to the Connecticut Sun team is making an impact on current Keene State students through Scot Ward…