The Physical Education Program is a fully accredited, NCATE-approved certification program which prepares teachers of students in grades K-12. Preparation of beginning teachers includes: a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences; a competence of communication skills; a rich understanding of the content and modes of thinking in the disciplines they will teach; a growing understanding of learners and how they develop; development of teaching skills to address the needs of all types of learners; and skills in assessing both learner and self. Students must major in Physical Education with a specialization in Teacher Education or may have a dual major in the related Arts and Sciences field and Physical Education. Students are encouraged to pursue additional study in Coaching, Adapted Physical Education, Fitness/wellness and Exercise Science. For Health Certification information, see the handout in the Physical Education department. Additionally, students can earn a Middle School Endorsement to teach in a middle school in addition to an elementary, junior, or senior high school. Students generally apply for admission to the program in their sophomore year; admission is competitive.
Admission to the Program
Students interested in the program in Physical Education are required to apply for admission to the Office of Teacher Education, 701 Chafee Building. Applications will be reviewed by a departmental screening committee based on the following criteria:
Test of Basic Skills
The PRAXIS I-PPST Academic Skills Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing are required for all applicants to teacher education programs. For details about the tests, visit PPST Basic Skills Test.