The physical education major at Keene State College is an interdisciplinary program that will provide you with multidimensional professional preparation.
The physical education program is part of the Human Performance and Movement Science (HPMS) Department, along with exercise science.
Students who major in physical education choose from two options: teacher certification and child and youth physical activity specialist.
The teacher certification option is a nationally recognized program (CAEP accredited) designed to prepare students to teach physical education to students 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.
The child and youth physical activity specialist (CYPAS) option 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 recreation, sports and dance clubs/teams, after school programs, and outdoor programs.
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Keene State’s physical education teacher certification (PETC) graduates enjoy a reputation for being highly effective physical educators.
Our CYPAS graduates are prepared to become physical activity leaders in recreation, sports and dance clubs/teams, and after school and outdoor programs.
Graduates of Keene State's physical education programs are professionals with the scientific and theoretical background needed to be able to plan, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate, diversity-informed activities to foster and enhance learning. Our graduates work with children and youth in and out of school settings to engage the next generation of physically educated individuals.
On July 1, Keene State’s Physical Education Department changed its name to the Department of Human Performance and Movement Sciences.
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