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Physical Education

Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

This interdisciplinary program provides students with multidimensional professional preparation in Physical Education. The curriculum combines an understanding of child and youth development with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to facilitate teaching and learning a variety of physical activities. The Physical Education major is completed by selecting one of the following two options: Teacher Certification or Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist.

The Teacher Certification option prepares students to teach Physical Education in public schools and meets all current requirements by the State of New Hampshire for certification in physical education, grades K through 12.

The Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist option (CYPAS) prepares students 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. This program does not lead to K-12 certification.

Integrative Studies Program

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

76-82 credits

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

Core Requirements

36 credits

HP 100 Issues in Physical Education and Sport
HP 200 Applied Kinesiology
HP 201 Physiology of Exercise
HPPE 360 Teaching Physical Education
HPPE 361 Adapted P.E. & Sport

Skills and Techniques

First Year:

HPPE 260 Total Fitness (2 credits)
HPPE 277 Invasion Games (2 credits)

Second Year:

HPPE 255 Developmental Movement (2 credits)

Second or Third Year

HPPE 256 Rhythms (1 credit)
HPPE 268 Outdoor and Leisure Activities (2 credits)
HPPE 278 Net/Wall Games (2 credits)
HPPE 281 Fielding/Striking/Target Games (2 credits)
HPPE 283 Educational Gymnastics (1 credit)

Third Year: HPPE 261 Fitness Curriculum for K-12 Learners (2 credits)

Allied Requirements

16 credits

BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 332 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
INCHEM 100 Introduction to Chemistry
PSYC 211 Child & Adolescent Psychology

Teacher Certification Option

Progression Requirements

Admission to Educator Preparation is required of all PETC students (refer to Decision Points for Undergraduate Initial Certification Programs, on the KSC Educator Preparation web site https://www.keene.edu/office/teachered/students/decision-points/ .

Decision Point Timeline is listed below:

  • Decision Point One: Must be met prior to the first practicum (HPPE 375 or HPPE 376)
  • Decision Point Two: Must be met prior to the second practicum (HPPE 375 or HPPE 376)
  • Decision Point Three: Must be met prior to student teaching (HPPE 475 and HPPE 476)
  • Decision Point Four: Must be met for recommendation for endorsement for NH certification upon program completion.

Students will be given support with program planning throughout their time at KSC, and are encouraged to work with their faculty advisor regularly to review how they are meeting program requirements.

Physical Education Teacher Certification Requirements

24 credits

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 (2 credits)

Additional Expectations and Responsibilities

  • All students majoring in Physical Education, Teacher Certification option must be certified in Standard First Aid, Adult and Child CPR and AED for courses, listed above, marked with a ¹.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of PE shirts.
  • Additional expenses associated with the Educator Preparation Program include: Admission to Educator Preparation Application fee, Tk20 fee, Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), Praxis Subject Assessments (Physical Education Content & Design), required criminal background checks for practicum and student teaching experiences, and NH Teacher Certification fee.
  • Travel is required for practicum and student teaching experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Child and Youth Physical Activity Specialist Option

Course Requirements

30 credits

PH 101 Health and Wellness
HP 210 Principles of Coaching
IIHP 310 Psycho-social Aspects of Sport
HP 362 Law & Ethics in Sport and Rec
HPPE 374 Chld & Yth Phys Activity Practicum ¹
HPPE 474 Chld & Yth Phys Activity 2 (6 credits) ¹

Choose one:

  • HPEX 332 Exercise Testing and Programming
  • HPEX 335 Advanced Strength and Conditioning

Additional Expectations and Responsibilities

  • All students majoring in Physical Education, Child & Youth Physical Activity Specialist option must be certified in Standard First Aid, Adult and Child CPR and AED for courses, listed above, marked with a ¹.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of PE shirts.
  • Travel is required for practicum experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Electives

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

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level