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Physical Education K-12

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12

The mission of the Teacher Education programs at Wesley College is to prepare teacher candidates to function as knowledgeable, self-directed, caring, and confident professionals who are able to act as change agents for educational reform throughout their career.

The purpose of the K-12 program is to prepare teachers for elementary, middle and secondary schools. The program includes theory and activity courses, as well as field experience and student teaching experiences.

Graduates of the Education program:

  1. Acquire and continuously develop three kinds of knowledge: knowledge of their discipline, knowledge of themselves and others as learners, and knowledge of themselves as teachers.
  2. Develop four scholarly proficiencies: Critical thinking, reflection, technological literacy, and communication through multiple texts. We believe these proficiencies are skills that can be taught, and are ones which enable teacher candidates to continue learning in their professional life.
  3. Acquire and continuously develop the personal qualities of persistence, tolerance of ambiguity, professional ethics, and self-directed learning. These qualities, we believe, predispose teacher candidates toward continual professional growth.

Special Features

  • Study abroad, including student teaching and internship opportunities
  • Coaching certification

Requirements

All K-12 Physical Education majors must meet the following requirements after 30 credit hours:

  1. Earn a “C” or better grade in all courses with a PE prefix and have a cumulative GPA of > 2.75.
  2. Earn a C or better in all major course requirements.
  3. Achieve and maintain the Healthy Fitness zone in aerobic capacity, muscular strength & endurance, flexibility, and body composition, as well as demonstrate competency in 6 fundamental movement skills and selected game strategies as measured by Fitnessgram & Department rubrics. Accommodations will be made for candidates with documented physical disabilities.
  4. Pass all sections of the Praxis I exam and apply for Teacher Candidacy.

Once accepted into Teacher Candidacy, students will be allowed to continue towards the K-12 degree in Physical Education Methods courses. To be accepted into student teaching, a teacher candidate must:

  1. Earn a “C” or better grade in all courses with a PE prefix, in all major course requirements and maintain a cumulative GPA of > 2.75.
  2. Achieve and maintain the Healthy Fitness zone in aerobic capacity, muscular strength & endurance, flexibility, and body composition, as well as demonstrate competency in 6 fundamental movement skills and selected game strategies as measured by Fitnessgram & Department rubrics. Accommodations will be made for candidates with documented physical disabilities.
  3. Pass the PRAXIS II exam (0091) and have scores sent to Wesley College Education Department.
  4. Apply for student teaching. ALL application materials must be on record in the department by the due date for the student teaching application to be considered complete. See your advisor for application materials information.

Upon satisfactory completion of the four-year program in physical education (teaching program), and passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II, graduates receive the B.S. degree in Physical Education, and upon submitting evidence of having achieved a level of performance satisfactory to the Delaware State Department of Education, may apply for and be granted by the Delaware State Department of Education initial licensure and certification in physical education for grades K-12. It is the student’s responsibility to determine licensure and certification requirements for other states, which may include the necessity to take an additional PRAXIS II exam (this does not replace the PRAXIS II 0091 requirement) designated by the state’s Department of Education.

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