The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program will prepare skilled, effective teachers who have the ability to obtain licensure in North Carolina by completing a program that is grounded in scientific, foundational and pedagogical knowledge. The Physical Education Recreation Concentration (Non-Teaching Option) will prepare knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who, upon completion of program that is well-rounded with scientific and foundational knowledge and experiential learning, are able to develop and implement safe and effective physical activity programs for all people in various settings.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific and theoretical basis for human movement so that they can plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical activity programs.
2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively teach/implement safe and developmentally appropriate health and physical activity programs.
3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and disposition to effectively teach/implement the fitness and nutrition concepts needed to reduce and prevent obesity.
4. Demonstrate competence in a variety of motor skills and fitness activities.
5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior and the dispositions of an emerging professional.
Physical Education Teacher Education – Track
To complete the major in Physical Education and be eligible for Licensure in Physical Education, the student must satisfy the general education course requirements as well as the major and professional education components of the program. Students must earn a minimum grade of a C in each major and professional course and maintain a minimun 2.5 grade cumulative point average to continue in the major.
Students are also required to have current CPR and First Aid certification during the semester that they begin their pre-clinical experience. This can be acquired by passing HED 3236 or taking the certification courses from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
Specialized Admission Requirements for the Major
All candidates who wish to be licensed to teach must formally apply for admission to teacher education during the spring semester of the sophomore year. A formal application with references must be submitted along with a virtual interview and other requirements. Student must pass the PRAXIS I examination prior to admittance into the teacher education program. Students must earn a minimum grade of a C grade in each major and professional course and must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 at the time of program admission and for the duration of the program.
Students must be admitted to Teacher Education prior to the Fall Semester of their junior year.
Students are required to obtain the following passing scores or have the equivalent SAT or ACT scores in each are of Praxis I. Students who have a combined SAT score of 1100 are exempt from taking the Praxis I exam.
All Physical Education majors must take and successfully complete PED 2000 Midpoint Assessment and Examination. This is a non-credit course, which addresses assessment of academic progress, fitness, and sport skills. All majors must pass the course as soon as possible after earning 48 semester hours and before earning 80 semester hours. Students who have earned 80 semester hours without completing this course will not be allowed to register for specific courses.
Licensure candidates must formally apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Admission into the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for taking all upper level professional education courses, including the physical education methods’ course.
Physical Education Recreation Concentration (Non-Teaching) – Track
To major in Physical Education with a concentration in Recreation (non-teaching track), the student must satisfy the general education course requirements as well as the major and recreation components of the program. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of a C grade in each major and professional course and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average to continue in the major.
Students are also required to have current CPR and First Aid certification during the semester that they begin their practicum. This can be acquired by passing HED 3236 or taking the certification courses from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
PED 4210 and PED 4110 should be taken concurrently
PED 4612 Internship: Application and placement procedures must be completed by the end of the semester immediately preceding the actual internship. Students cannot be enrolled in more than 12 hours during the internship semester. (A maximum of 4 additional courses can be taken during the internship semester)
EDU 4981 Student Teaching – Students must complete all course requirements with the exception of PED 4333 – Responsive Pedagogy prior to student teaching.