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Physical Education Teaching Emphasis

Program Description
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Program Description

What Can I Do With a Major in Physical Education Teaching?

The Sport Science and Physical Education department at Idaho State University offers a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education with a teaching emphasis. In completing the program, candidates will gain skills necessary to become qualified Physical Education teachers. Learning goals for Physical Education teaching candidates include:

  1. Develop teaching skills in a variety of physical activities
  2. Understand the basic foundations of human activity
  3. Develop skills required for teaching physical education
  4. Understand and develop general pedagogical skills and teacher effectiveness

Candidates must also obtain a K-12 teacher certification through the Teacher Education program.

Career Opportunities - Teaching

  • Elementary PE Teacher
  • Junior High/Middle School PE Teacher
  • High School PE Teacher
  • Junior/Community College Teacher
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Overseas School Programs
  • Military School Programs
  • Community Recreation/Sports Programs
  • Corporate Recreation Programs
  • Commercial Sports Clubs
  • Youth-Serving Agencies
  • Preschools
  • Health Clubs
  • Military Personnel Programs
  • Resort Sports Programs
  • Geriatric Programs
  • Correctional Institution Programs
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Dance Instruction
  • Personal Trainer

Career Opportunities - Coaching

  • Interscholastic
  • Intercollegiate
  • Commercial Sport Camps
  • Commercial Sport Clubs
  • Community Sport Programs
  • Military Sport Programs

Marketable Skills

  • Organization
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Human Relations
  • Leadership
  • Instructional Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Computer Based Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Managerial Skills
  • Demonstration Skills
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
  • Sports Injuries - Care and Prevention
  • Knowledge of Health and Wellness
  • Knowledge of Motor Skills Learning
  • Program design and implementation

Program Requirements

55 credits total: 9 core plus 46 emphasis

Physical Education Teaching Emphasis Checklist
Course Catalog Listing

Candiates who have completed the required physical education teaching emphasis courses must also obtain K-12 Teacher Certification in Physical Education by completing all requirements in the Teacher Education Program.

Candidates completing the Physical Education Teaching Emphasis are not required to take the PE 4454 Senior Capstone core course.

In addition to completing departmental major requirements, candidates must make formal application and complete an interview for admission to the Teacher Education Program. See the website for requirements in the Teacher Education program.

The Physical Education Learning Goals are aligned with 2 sets of standards: The Idaho State University College of Education Core STandards and the Content Standards in Physical Education of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

NASPE Content Standards in Physical Education
The NASPE Standards identify seven areas that include the following.

The candidate completing this program:

  1. Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms;
  2. Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills;
  3. Exhibits a physically active liefstyle;
  4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness;
  5. Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings;
  6. Demonstrates understanding and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings; and
  7. Understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

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