The Physical Education and Health major prepares students to be effective physical and health education teachers at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels, through a strong content and pedagogy curriculum. Students are well prepared to pass state teacher certification exams and to apply for and achieve multi-state teaching certification. During each semester of the junior year and the first semester of the senior year, teacher candidates spend a minimum of 75 hours observing and teaching under the supervision of a certified physical education teacher and a university faculty member. During the final semester of the senior year, candidates complete a full semester of student teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels.
Those who enjoy sports and physical activity and are interested in helping children and adolescents stay healthy may find teaching physical education and health to be the ideal major. There continues to be a need for dedicated and effective physical education and health teachers in the schools, especially at a time when the percentage of children and adolescents who are obese in the United States is at an all-time high level. Within the next several years, the “baby boomers” who are currently teaching will be retiring, and the need for new teachers will increase dramatically. Students who graduate with a degree in physical education and health are also prepared to work with youth in community recreation, family fitness and sports centers, and to coach school and youth sports.
Students interested in majoring in physical education and health should first declare pre-physical education and health as a major and sign up to meet with an advisor in the College of Health and Human Services advising center and talk with a faculty member in the physical education program located in HC 206. Students will also have a second advisor in the College of Education. To apply for admission to the teacher education program, students must:
To continue into the next professional semester, students must:
- Successfully complete each of the professional semester course requirements with a C or better.
- Complete a portfolio with a MET rating, on Kentucky Initial Teaching Standards.
To be eligible to student teach, students must:
- Successfully complete professional semesters I, II, and III.
- Maintain a 2.75 or higher overall GPA.
- Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the major core content courses and the professional education courses.
A four year plan for this program is available.
♦ Indicates prerequisite.
These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.