Movement Science Degree (B.S.), Teacher of Physical Education (Elementary/Secondary) Concentration

Overview

The Physical Education major concentration prepares any student with the necessary tools and knowledge to teach Physical Education to PreK - 12 students. 

The Westfield State University program for licensure for teachers of Physical Education has received national recognition from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and accreditation from the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). 

Topics Covered

  • Theory and Practice of Teaching Games, Gymnastics, Aquatics  and Dance 
  • Adaptive Physical Education 
  • Curriculum Planning and Implementation 
  • Measurement and Evaluation 
  • Teaching Methodology 
  • Multicultural Education 

Program Highlights

  • Observations in surrounding community schools (elementary, middle and/or high school) 
  • Opportunities to teach lessons on campus to visiting students 
  • Full semester practicum (student teaching)

Schedule of Coursework

  • 27 Credits in the Major’s Core 
  • 46-50 Credits in the Concentration 

Outcomes

Prepare students to obtain state licensure (initial) and teach physical education at the elementary and/or secondary level. 

 

  • 120

    credits

  • Prep for

    Certification

Requirements

Teacher of Physical Education (Elementary or Secondary) Concentration

The Westfield State University program for licensure for teachers of Physical Education has received national recognition from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Physical Education Concentration Core Requirements (27 credits)

Required Course List (44 credits)

Skills Courses (2-6 credits)

Professional Development Procedures

In order to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department.

Intermediate Standing

Requirements for Intermediate Standing to progress through the Movement Science and Athletic Training majors:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 in the following courses:
  • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
  • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
  • OR
  • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
  • BIOL 0237 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 0239 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Additional Requirements (all Movement Science/Athletic Training majors):Personal Statement Resume First Aid/CPR Certification Membership in a professional organization Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points Two (2) Faculty Recommendations Two (2) examples of best work Additional Requirements (specific to Physical Education concentration):Students must show proof of registration and/or scores for the Communcation (reading) and Literacy (writing) portion of the MTEL tests. Keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Coordinator of the Physical Education program. Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards. Student progress towards meeting Advanced Standing in Teacher Education is monitored at the end of the sophomore year (57 credits). All students must meet the requirements for Advanced Standing to achieve teacher cadidacy. Please see section on Licensure for Teaching under Academic Policies.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is required for those completing an internship, ATEP clinical experience, or student teaching practicum. The requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major core area (29 credits)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in the courses in the concentration (Placement in the Teaching Practicum requires a 2.8)
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.8
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • First Aid / CPR Certification
  • Membership in a professional organization
  • Earn a minimum of 15 Professional Development Points (in addition to those earned for Intermediate Standing)
  • Three (3) Faculty Recommendations and two (2) additional recommendations from outside the department
  • Five (5) samples of best written work
  • Supervising Practitioner Recommendations

Additional information can be found in the MSSLS Department manual.

Note:

Students must satisfy the following requirements prior to practicum placement:

  1. A 2.7 average in English Composition I and II.
  2. A 2.8 overall GPA (including transfer work).
  3. A 3.0 GPA is required in pedagogical coursework specific to your licensure program.
  4. MSSLS advanced standing status and a minimum grade of 2.7 in MOVP 0314 .
  5. A passing grade on all required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure.
  6. Keep a record of competencies met for NASPE standards.
  7. Show evidence of meeting 3 our of the 5 components of fitness as defined by FITNESSGRAM.
  8. Must meet the competencies defined in all skill testing.
  9. Students must keep a monthly fitness log using a logging system approved by the Physical Education Program Coordinator.

Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Still have questions?

Program Director
Dr. Heidi Bohler
hbohler@westfield.ma.edu