This program affords many students who have completed a bachelor's degree the opportunity to earn initial licensure.

Our vision is the outgrowth of community discussions among education faculty, liberal arts and science faculty, students, and prek-12 teachers. Central to all conversations has been the tenet of building learning communities, including the desire to strengthen the ability of teachers to advocate for their students and their profession. At a time of increased accountability, the larger Westfield State University learning community continues its commitment to prepare graduates to educate the children of the Commonwealth. Consequently, all our Teacher Education Programs embrace a vision of Teachers as Leaders Building Learning Communities.


Requirements for a Teaching Licensure in Physical Education

 Elementary PreK-8 or Secondary 5-12

MOVP0103 Intro to Teaching P.E.*
MOVP0260 (MOVP0261) Analysis of Teaching Selected P.E.Skills I Elementary (Secondary)
MOVP0262 Analysis of Teaching Selected P.E. Skills II
MOVP0302 Measurement and Evaluation in P.E.
MOVP0311 Adaptive P.E.*
MOVP0313 (MOVP0314) P.E. Teaching Methodology* Elementary (Secondary)
MOVP0316 Curriculum Planning and Implementation in P.E.
EDUC0380/0580 Multicultural Education
MOVP0355 Practicum Seminar
MOVP0348/0349 Practicum I & II: Elementary
MOVP0350/0352 Practicum I & II: Secondary⁺

Decisions regarding coursework in the academic major are based on a student’s academic record, performance on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), previous college coursework or other related professional experience reflective of the student having met state and national standards.

See Appendix D for academic subject matter coursework.

It is important for a student to meet with an academic advisor as early as possible to determine a program of study.

*Field experience required
⁺Please note: To receive licensure in both 5-8 and 8-12, students must complete a student teaching practicum for each grade level. This practicum may be outside of the student's program of study and may require additional credits.