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Physical Education - B.S.

COLLEGE:    Education, Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT:    School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580

DESCRIPTION:    The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education comprises three concentrations: Health and Physical Education, Physical Education Teacher Licensure and Human Movement Studies. Only the physical education teacher education and health and physical education concentrations lead to pre-kindergarten-through-grade-12 teaching licensure in Ohio.

A combined Health and Physical Education concentration in the physical education major is available to students who are seeking Ohio teacher licensure in both areas. The program is designed to be completed in five years and can allow students to satisfy up to 12 credit hours of program requirements with graduate courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for the pre-K-12 teacher licensing examinations.

The Physical Education Teacher Licensure program is a four year program for students who are seeking Ohio teacher licensure in physical education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the pre-K-12 teacher licensing examinations. The program includes multiple field experiences in a variety of school districts, followed by a full semester of student teaching.

The Human Movement Studies (HMS) concentration is anchored by the notion that the study of human movement is important in and of itself, as movement is a central biological and social phenomenon.  The HMS concentration shares the core course requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.  Students extend their area of study outside physical education through the selection of a minor.  The concentration provides students with the opportunity to become critical-evaluative actors in their educational experience by designing an individualized program of study that situates their interests in the broad phenomena of human movement within a continuously changing society.  The interrelated goals transmitting specialized knowledge related to human movement, facilitating student agency, developing effective communication skills, and valuing human and cultural diversity are the bedrocks of HMS concentration. 

Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Minimum 121 credit hours. Grade point average requirements vary by concentration. Students in Health and Physical Education need to provide evidence of certification in First Aid, CPR and a minimum equivalence to intermediate competency in Red Cross swimming.


STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:    $50/semester   
ACCREDITATION:    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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