Physical Education-Physical Education Teacher Emphasis

http://potomacstatecollege.edu/academics/majors/pe_teacher.html

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Physical educators make an impact on the health, well-being, and quality of life of future generations. The Physical Education Teacher Education program at Potomac State College prepares students to teach, motivate, and shape the lives of Pre-K through adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness, and sport-based environments.

Students in the PETE program learn to use and integrate technology into their classwork, as well as how to design and deliver physical education programs. Upon program completion, graduates are prepared to apply to four-year PETE programs to pursue their bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates are physical activity and wellness leaders in their schools, communities, and states who promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults alike.  The program has high expectations for our students and expects them to be engaged in the major while becoming proficient teachers at all levels and in all contexts.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Requirements

Students planning to continue at WVU-Morgantown must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses, have at least a 2.5 overall GPA, and meet all other PETE admission requirements and deadlines. Admission is competitive. 

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements (2, 3, 5, 6, and 8)19
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
6
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
PET 124Human Body: Structure and Function2
PET 125Principles of Human Movement2
PET 167Introduction to Physical Education3
PET 175Motor Development2
PET 244Motor Learning and Performance2
PET 276Special Physical Education2
Select one of the following tracks:9
Track 1:
Sport in American Society
Psychological Perspectives of Sport
African Americans in Sports
Track 2:
Families Across the Life Span
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Introduction to Parenting
Early Childhood Development
Track 3:
Families Across the Life Span
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Parenting
Infant Development
Early Childhood Development
Electives 9
Total Hours60
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Students planning to continue at WVU-Morgantown must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses and have at least a 2.5 overall GPA.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PET 1242PET 1252
PET 1673ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
PET 1752HN&F 171 (GEF 8)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 33
WVUE 1911GEF 53
GEF 63Track Elective3
 14 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PET 2442GEF 83
PET 2762GEF 83
GEF 24Track Elective3
Track Elective3Elective3
Elective 3Elective3
 14 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

PE - Teacher education

The goal of the program is for students to possess the skills to teach, motivate, and shape the lives of Pre-K to adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness, and sport-based environments.  

  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to the promotion of physical education and physical activity.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice.
  • Programming and Assessment – Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing student needs and for designing, implementing and evaluating lesson plans and programs.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning.
  • Technology – Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to enhance and assess student learning.

Faculty

Associate professor

  • Doug Little - M.S. (Eastern Kentucky University)
    Physical Education