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

Why Choose a Concentration in Physical Education?

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

The Master's Degree Program in Physical Education offers candidates a route to professional licensure.  

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 the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Requirements for the Physical Education Major Concentration

Teacher of Physical Education (Elementary or Secondary) Concentration

    Requirements for the Movement Science Major - 27 Credits

    All majors in the department of Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies must complete the twenty-seven (27) credits of courses specified below. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the Major Core Classes is required to be eligible to graduate with a degree from the department.

      Major Core Classes

      • Scientific Foundations (21 credits)
      • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
      • MOVP 0194 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function
      • MOVP 0202 - Introduction to Motor Learning
      • ** course is required for PE, AT, EXS or can be substituted with MOVP 0203 Motor Development and Behavior for Sports Medicine majors.
      • MOVP 0204 - Kinesiology
      • MOVP 0205 - Physiology of Exercise
      • MOVP 0212 - Concepts of Nutrition
      • MOVP 0215 - Sports and Exercise Psychology
      •  From below, select the courses required by your concentration 
      • Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits; Concentration specific required selection)
      • MOVP 0266 - Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice (Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, and Adventure Education)
      • MOVP 0302 - Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Education (Physical Education)
      • MOVP 0337 - Athletic Training Research and Clinical Decision Making (Athletic Training)
      • Cultural Competence (select 3 credits; Concentration Specific Required Selection)
      • EGST 0260 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology [Note:pre-req EGST 0101/0102] (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Adventure Edu
      • MOVP 0325 - Women and Sport (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Sports Medicine, Adventure Education)
      • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education (Physical Education)

      Note:

      In order to progress through the major, students must meet the academic and professional development criteria necessary to earn intermediate and advanced standing in the department as outlined in the Professional Development section below.

        Required Course List:

         

        • MOVP 0103 - Introduction to Teaching Physical Education
        • MOVP 0203 - Motor Development and Behavior
        • MOVP 0260 - Theory and Practice of Teaching Educational Games and Dance in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education
        • MOVP 0261 - Theory and Practice of Games I: Analysis of Invasion Games and Striking/Fielding Games in Elementary and Secondary Education
        • MOVP 0262 - Theory and Practice of Teaching Gymnastics and Aquatics in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education
        • MOVP 0264 - Theory and Practice of Games II: Analysis of Net/Wall and Target Games in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education
        • MOVP 0302 - Measurement & Evaluation in Physical Education
        • MOVP 0311 - Adapted Physical Education
        • MOVP 0314 - Physical Education Teaching Methodology: Elementary and Secondary
        • MOVP 0316 - Curriculum Planning & Implementation
        • MOVP 0349 - Practicum II in Physical Education: Elementary (PreK-8) MOVP 0352
        • MOVP 0352 - Practicum II in Physical Education - Secondary
        • MOVP 0355 - Practicum Seminar: Physical Education
        • EDUC 0363 - Sheltered English Immersion
        • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education

        Select two of the following Activity courses:

        • MOVP 0111 - Badminton
        • MOVP 0113 - Fitness for Adults: Walking
        • MOVP 0116 - Frisbee Games
        • MOVP 0118 - Step Aerobics
        • MOVP 0127 - Volleyball
        • MOVP 0138 - Boating and Canoeing
        • MOVP 0139 - Kayaking
        • MOVP 0140 - Square Dance
        • MOVP 0141 - Folk Dance
        • MOVP 0143 - Ballroom Dance
        • MOVP 0152 - Golf I
        • MOVP 0155 - Ski Touring and Snow Shoeing
        • MOVP 0162 - Strength Training and Conditioning
        • MOVP 0165 - Racquetball and Handball
        • MOVP 0167 - Camping Skills
        • MOVP 0172 - Orienteering
        • MOVP 0173 - Initiative Games and Ropes
        • MOVP 0180 - Rock Climbing
        • MOVP 0181 - Aqua Aerobics
        • MOVP 0183 - Relaxation Techniques
        • MOVP 0185 - Swimming for Fitness
        • MOVP 0305 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning
        •  With advisor permission the student may substitute any 3-credit wilderness concentration course.
        • MOVP 0312 - Interdisciplinary Learning Through Movement and Dance

        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 are that the student maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall, which must include the following 2 courses:

          • MOVP 0100 - Science of Physical Activity and Health
          • MOVP 0194 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function

          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 .