The five-year program leading to endorsement in health and physical education (with a possible add-on in athletic training) requires that all students transfer into the Curry School of Education for a combined B.S.Ed.-M.T. degree. This health and physical education program follows the same format as the B.A.-M.T. option, but it is located entirely in the Curry School due to the specific disciplinary course offerings related to human movement sciences (e.g., anatomy, kinesiology, motor learning, and sport psychology).
Health and physical education majors must take BIOL 201-202 and a lab as part of the natural science requirements. Students must take a variety of performance courses and are therefore not required to complete the foreign language courses within the humanities area (although 12 credits of humanities are required, and those may include foreign languages).
The content major for health and physical education focuses on human movement sciences such as anatomy, health topics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, motor learning, etc. This program qualifies individuals to meet endorsement requirements to teach physical education and health K-12. The program is designed to meet all AAHPERD (NASPE) certification requirements.
Individuals complete 45 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences plus 25 credits in human physical development and movement sciences including motor development, anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and motor learning; 10 credits in physical performance areas (sports, dance, rhythms); 10 credits in adapted physical education, including developmental disorders and orthopedic/sensory impairments; and 18 credits in health education.
All students are required to attend at least one state or national convention within the profession of physical education and to fulfill an experience in outdoor education.
Practicum experiences in health and physical education include the regular sequence of field experiences in the five-year teacher education program (EDIS 288, 488), instructional technology (EDLF 345), special teaching experiences in physical education (EDHS 357, 358, 377), and the K-12 teaching associateship (Student Teaching: EDHS 771, 772).
An area of concentration is available in athletic training upon completion of 13 credits in selected courses. In addition, 1,500 clock hours of practicum work in athletic training are needed to take the NATA certification examination.