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Courses & Major Requirements

Minimum Total hours: 127

Total Liberal Arts Hours Required: 60:

General Education Requirements:  Per General Education list (see General Education Council). Exceptions: FNA 102 (only one course is required and ART 101 and MUS 104 are not permitted); PSY 101 must be taken to meet the behavioral science requirement; GEO 201 must be taken to meet the history, economics, or social sciences requirement; BIO 104 with lab must be taken to meet the lab science requirement; MTH 200 must be taken to meet the mathematics proficiency requirement; special PED 100 section for Physical Education majors must be taken; the physical education skills requirement is met through the major.

Minimum Requirements: Overall and major GPA of 2.7; no grade less than C in 30 of the 36-38 credit hours of PPE major content related courses (BIO, PED, and PPE courses that are not methods courses); no grade less than a C- in the remaining 11-13 credit hours in the PPE major content related courses; no grade less than C+ in 100 level EDU/PPE methods courses; no grade less than B- in 200 and above level EDU/PPE methods courses (PPE 310, 315, 320, 325, 330, and 451); minimum grade of C in CMC 101, CMP 101, and MTH 200.

Transfer Requirements: See institutional transfer policies

Application to the Major:  A minimum overall GPA of 2.7 is required to be accepted and to remain in the major.  It is extremely important for students to follow all stated guidelines, policies, and progressions in order to be admitted to and remain enrolled in the Teacher Education Program.  See Admission to Teacher Education Programs at the beginning of the Department of Teacher Education section.

Major Requirements: 56 hours

  • 8 hours of biology courses: BIO 103 with lab,  BIO 323 with lab;
  • 4 hours of physical education courses: PED 106, 125, 201, and 206
  • PSY 203 - Child and Adolescent Development (3);
  • 41 hours of professional physical education courses (PPE 150, 225, 235, 250, 260, 270, 310, 315, 320, 325, 330, 350, 360, 443, 450, and 451);
  • 95 OPE (observation and participation) hours in conjunction with PPE 315, 320, 325, and 451.

Professional Education Requirements: 21 hours

  • EDU 185 Education in a Changing World (3);
  • EDU 195 Foundations of Special Education and the corresponding 25 hours of observation/participation experience (3 + 0);
  • EDU 294 Integrated Literacy Practices Across the Curriculum (3);
  • EDU 405A & 405B - Physical Education Student Teaching (6 + 6);
  • Training in Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment;
  • Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention;
  • Training in Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (DASA); and
  • Professional conference attendance

View the full course check sheet for detailed information about course requirements (pdf).

Physical Education Courses

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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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PEDU 1500
Foundations of Physical Education [Course]

This course provides an introduction to the field of physical education and sport with emphasis on history and the philosophies that shaped that history. Extensive coverage is given to the status of physical education today, with special attention paid to New York State. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 2250
Administration Interscholastic Athletics [Course]

The nature of athletic administration, duties and responsibilities of directors, policies and practices, programs, administration of related programs, and New York State Education Department regulations are studied. This meets the New York State coaching certification requirement: The Philosophy, Principles, and Organization of Athletics in Education. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 2350
Coaching Techniques & Practices [Course]

Designed to prepare coaches, this course covers all aspects of the role of the coach as a professional. It uses practical coaching examples to take coaches through the teaching/learning process and offers valuable advice for improving teaching effectiveness. PEDU 2350 and PEDU 4500 meet the New York State coaching certification requirement: Theory and Techniques of Coaching. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 2500
Scientific Bases of Exercise [Course]

In this introductory course of the two scientific disciplines that relate directly to exercise, namely biomechanics and exercise physiology, information is presented that highlights two main categories. First, in each scientific area, background material is presented upon which athletic performance is based. Second, scientific topics are addressed which have direct applicability to coaching athletics and teaching sports skills. This meets the New York State coaching certification requirement: Health Sciences Related to Coaching. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 2600
Individual/Dual Sports [PE Skills]

This course introduces students to the basic principles involved in planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of individual/dual games including, but not limited to, bowling, golf, racquetball, track and field, tennis, badminton, and lawn games. Students will also work on their own competency skills in each sport. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 2700
Team Sports [PE Skills]

This course introduces students to the basic principles involved in planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of team games including, but not limited to, basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, softball/baseball, and team handball. Students will also work on their own competency skills in each sport. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3100
Measurement & Evaluation [Course]

This course will address the many ways to assess physical education, including the use of technology in that assessment. Special attention will be paid to the New York State Physical Education Profile. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3150
Elementary Physical Education [Course]

Lecture: This course will expose students to the knowledge, materials, methods, and experiences that will prepare them to teach physical education in the elementary schools. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 3150 OPE. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3150
Elementary Physical Education [OPE]

OPE: A 25-hour field experience observing and working with students in an elementary physical education setting. Physical Education Majors Only. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 3150. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3200
Secondary Physical Education [Course]

This course will expose students to the knowledge, materials, methods, and experiences that will prepare them to teach physical education in the secondary schools. Physical Education Majors Only. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 3200 OPE. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3200
Secondary Physical Education [OPE]

A 25-hour field experience observing and working with students in a secondary education setting. Physical Education Majors Only. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 3200. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3250
Classroom Management-Physical Education [Course]

This course will cover the "how" of teaching physical education in the elementary and secondary schools, with special attention given to classroom management skills and teaching strategies. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3250
Classroom Management-Physical Education [OPE]

A 25-hour field experience related to classroom management in physical education. Physical Education Majors Only.To be taken concurrently with PEDU 3250.

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PEDU 3300
Adapted Physical Education [PE Skills]

This course gives students practical application of special education skills and knowledge in the physical education classroom. Physical Education Majors Only. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3400
Analysis of Human Motion [Course]

Mechanical analysis of human movement as related to physical activity is taught in this course. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 3600
Motor Learning [Course]

This course focuses on the application of basic principles of learning as applied to physical activity to teaching and acquiring motor skills. Prerequisites: BIOL 2010 and 2020. (Offered alternate years)

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PEDU 4430
K-12 Physical Education Student Teaching Content Seminar [Course]

This capstone experience is taken concurrently with student teaching. The students will debrief and process their student teaching experiences. Attention will be given to classroom management issues, to schools as organizations, to hiring and interviewing processes, and to the review of pedagogical issues in physical education.

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PEDU 4500
Coaching Practicum [Practicum]

This practicum offers the student the opportunity to coach adolescents under the supervision of a master coach. This practicum, along with PEDU 2350, meets the New York State coaching certification requirement for Theory and Techniques of Coaching. Prerequisites: PEDU 2250, PEDU 2350, and PEDU 2500.

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PEDU 4510
Junior Practicum [OPE]

OPE: A 20-hour field experience providing practice in teaching physical education to homeschooled students. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 4510. Prerequisites: PEDU 3100, 3150, 3200, 3250, and 3300 or permission of the instructor.

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PEDU 4510
Junior Practicum [Practicum]

Practicum: This course involves planning for and teaching homeschool children twice a week in a physical education class. Should be taken the semester immediately preceding student teaching. To be taken concurrently with PEDU 4510 OPE. Prerequisites: PEDU 3100, 3150, 3200, 3250, and 3300 or permission of the instructor.

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Education Courses

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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EDUC 5913
Assessment-driven Literacy Instruction-Adolescence [Lecture]

This course will build on the students’ knowledge of assessment and investigate how the information collected can be used to make informed instructional decisions. The focus will be on using what the teacher knows about their students’ skills to choose reading materials and mini-lessons in reading. Topics will include utilizing various informal and formal assessments, the analysis of assessment data, a review of the New York State Language Arts Standards, examination of reading materials, leveling texts, matching books with students, and developing lesson plans that address student needs. Students will be expected to write lesson plans that reflect their analysis of student skills and strategies. Students are expected to fulfill a minimum of 20 hours of their literacy practicum requirements through tutoring or clinic teaching in conjunction with this course. Co-requisite EDUC 6912.

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