The mission of the Physical Education and Health Education teaching program at the University of Southern Indiana is to provide high quality educational opportunities for future teachers which are based on research-based pedagogy, hands-on learning, valuing healthy lifestyles, advocacy, and promoting professional development.
The teacher education program in Physical Education and Health prepares students to teach physical education and health in private and/or public schools. The Department offers teaching majors for PK-12 (All-grade) licensure. The PK-12 major consists of 52 semester hours of physical education and health specific content. The curriculum consists of course work in scientific and theoretical knowledge, skills and fitness based competency; planning and implementation; instructional delivery and management; impact on student learning; evaluation and assessment of learning; and professionalism which culminates in 16 weeks of student teaching. Aligned with our teaching philosophy, the physical education and health faculty believe it is important to provide as much hands on teaching experience throughout the course work within the major to best prepare students for their future career. A graduate of the physical education and health program will be prepared to design and implement a physical education and health curricula for PK-12. The Physical Education and Health major is accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and complies with accreditation standards set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE).
Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.
The following programs are available for students who desire to prepare for the teaching profession: physical education all-grade major (P–12); physical education minor; and a health and safety education minor. To be recommended for licensure, teaching majors will also complete one of the Education Licensure minors offered in the Department of Teacher Education.
46 hours; C or better required on all courses; 2.75 major GPA required
Students seeking the Physical Education Teaching major complete 46 hours in the major, plus either the P-12 Education Licensure minor or the P-12 Education Licensure minor.
Examination of attitudes, research facts, and misconceptions pertaining to personal health needs and practices. Topics include but are not limited to nutrition, family living, sexuality, drug use and abuse, disease prevention, safety, first aid, and public health resources. NC1 Meets The University Core Curriculum B3: Health/Fitness category. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp, Su, F.
Course includes sports injury prevention, first aid and CPR training. Skill training provided for certification in First Aid, Adult, Infant, and Child CPR/AED. This course is part of the Core Transfer Library (CTL). Indiana Statewide Common Course #: IHP 1401.Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp, Su, F..
A study of the motor development of children through adolescence, their motor learning capabilities, and the factors which influence skill acquisition, retention, and transfer. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp, Su.
Course provides students with the principles of teaching dance and aquatics in K-12 schools. Emphasis is placed on not only being able to perform, but to teach dance and aquatic activities. Field experiences will be required in this course. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
Course provides students with the basic information related to teaching Pre-K to 6th grade physical education. Students will participate in eight weeks of field experience in an elementary physical education setting. Students will develop lessons that are safe and developmentally appropriate while ensuring maximum participation by all students with and without disabilities and using resources effectively. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F
Students will learn how to teach dual and team sports. Students will learn proper skill progressions and transition techniques that are used to link fundamental movement with sport skills, and how to evolve simple strategies into more complex offenses and defenses. Field experiences will be required in this course. Prerequisite(s): PET 292 and PET 293 Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp.
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the physiological responses and adaptions to physical activity and exercise training in school age children. In addition, it will examine human movement and physical activity from anatomic, kinematic, and kinetic perspectives. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 121 and BIOL 122. Physical Education major Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
This course seeks to present the background, content, and strategies necessary for teaching health education as part of a comprehensive school health program. Students may be required to fulfill field experiences at a local school. Prerequisite(s): KIN 281 and Sophomore Standing Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
A study of dysfunctions and characteristics of people with atypical performances. Basic concepts and techniques of modifying physical activity for people with special needs. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
Planning programs, units, and lessons in physical education to achieve long- and short-term curriculum goals. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Standing; pass PRAXIS I Note: student must provide evidence of passing PRAXIS I. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
Provide students with the basic information related to teaching middle/secondary school physical education. Students will participate in developmental field experiences in a middle and/or secondary school setting. Students will develop complete lessons that are sare, developmentally appropriate while ensuring maximum participation by all students and using resources effectively. Prerequisite(s): PET 395 Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp.
This course is designed to investigate current controversial topics in health education, which includes sexuality, obesity, death and dying, and other issues in health education. Unit plans for teaching will be developed. Students may be required to fulfill field experience. Prerequisite(s): PET 388 Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp.
A comprehensive understanding of community health is conducted. The problems of community health are investigated. Prevention and intervention programs are examined. Student may be required to fulfill field experience. Prerequisite(s): Junior Standing Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp.
This course presents various assessment strategies in the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains. Basic statistical analysis is presented as well as practical experience in developing and administering tests. Students will interpret test results and create plans for advancement and/or remediation. Prerequisite(s): PET 295. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F.
Enables students to integrate information from their educational experiences to critically examine and analyze contemporary issues in sport and exercise from an interdisciplinary perspective. Current issues, trends, and challenges are presented with the intent of provoking thorough and stimulating debate so students may identify their role in the resolution of issues. Meets The University Core Curriculum D1: Synthesis category. Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): F, Sp, Su
The study of the physiological, psychological, and sociological variables that influence children’s sport participation. Prerequisite(s): PSY 201 and Junior Standing Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Su.
This course will introduce students to terminology, theories, models, and tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs in health education and health promotion. Students will be introduced to a systematic approach to the planning and evaluation of health education programs, a diagnosis of the social, psychological, educational, and administrative aspects of the health education program, and program monitoring, rigorous methods of impact assessment, and the measurement of efficiency. NC1 Term(s) Offered (F=Fall, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer): Sp.