Physical Education

Physical Education

Courses & Curriculum

The Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies program offers several distinct undergraduate majors including a dual certification program in physical education and health (K-grade 12); certification in physical education only (K- grade 12); and a series of non-teaching degrees that prepare students to pursue career interests such as sport administration, sport psychology or coaching. These program options prepare candidates for a graduate degree in an area of interest. Candidates interested in teaching obtain dual certification in physical education and health.

Teacher Certification Options

The teacher preparation program strives to develop a liberally educated individual who has special knowledge and skills in the areas of movement and sport and their interrelated disciplines. Major emphasis is placed on the development of educational and performance foundations which will prepare an individual to teach in kindergarten through grade 12 or to pursue professional growth through further study and/or graduate work.

Candidates enjoy a continuous and extensive program of clinical and laboratory experiences at the college and through our collaboration with our professional development schools which provide opportunities for in-school observations, micro-teaching, tutoring,  and large-group instruction. These experiences help to insure that the program remains responsive to the needs of the candidates, students and the profession.  Candidates pursuing the Physical Education/Health Teacher Certification Option complete a total of 150 hours of practicum experiences in three different courses (PED 311, PED 441 and HED 325).  Candidates pursuing the Physical Education Teacher Certification Option complete a total of 100 hours of practicum experiences in two different courses (PED 311 and PED 441).

This program of instruction incorporates the standards established for physical education and health at the local school district level, the New York State learning standards for health and physical education, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) beginning teacher standards, and the curriculum standards outlined for health education and health certification by the American Association for Health Education (AAHE). The teacher certification option culminates with a fourteen-week student teaching experience in the K-12 schools. Each student teacher is given the opportunity to experience the privileges and responsibilities of a full-time teacher on both the elementary and secondary levels. An individual choosing to graduate without completing student teaching must fulfill this credit requirement in consultation with his/her advisor.

 

Certification Requirements

To obtain initial teacher certification, candidates must pass the examinations required by the New York State Education Department. These include the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the appropriate Content Specialty Tests(s) (CST). The LAST should be taken in the sophomore year or early in the junior year and the ATS-W and the CST(s) in the senior year.

Candidates must be cleared by the New York State Education Department through a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check.

Candidates in teacher certification programs are required to take three credits of foreign language to meet New York State certification regulations. Canisius College accepts high school foreign language study for the foreign language proficiency requirement for those candidates successfully completing the appropriate Regents Exam with a grade of 85% or higher. For students who graduated from high schools outside New York state, three or more full year courses in a foreign language with grades of ‘B’ or higher are acceptable for the foreign language proficiency. Your proficiency will be evaluated during freshman orientation by the Director of Advisement. Candidates may also demonstrate the foreign language proficiency requirement by passing the appropriate CLEP test. Candidates that do not meet the foreign language proficiency through high school study are required to take a three credit foreign language course at the college level. Candidates that have no prior high school foreign language experience, should register for a 103 level foreign language course. Candidates that have prior high school foreign language experience, may register for a 115 level foreign language course.

Academic Criteria for Endorsement and Completion of Program

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of ‘C’ or higher in major courses
  • Satisfactory performance in field placements
  • Successful portfolio review

Please see the School of Education page for information about transition points in the programs and portfolio requirements.

Curriculum:

1. Core Requirements
View complete information about the Core Curriculum. 

2. Major Requirements
Major Sequence Coursework
Physical Education Teacher Certification Curriculum (K - grade 12) Dual Certification Curriculum:

Physical Education courses: 33 credits
PED 150 Intro to PE/Health 3 credits
PED 203 Net, Target, and Fitness Activities 3 credits
PED 204 Invasion Games 4 credits
PED 207 Dance & Gymnastics 3 credits
PED 305 Cooperative Activities & Outdoor Curriculum 3 credits
PED 311 Movement Ed. & Elementary Act 3 credits
PED 351 Coaching Theory & Techniques 3 credits
PED 354 & Lab  Adapted Physical Education 3 credits
PED 360 Human Growth & Motor Development 3 credits
PED 371 Assessment in PE 3 credits
HHP 235 Kinesiology 3 credits
   
Health Education courses: 32 credits
HED 115 Basic Nutrition 4 credits
HED 205 Wellness & Fitness 3 credits
HED 220 Healthy Behaviors 3 credits
HED 321 Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid WSI 3 credits
HED 325 School Health 3 credits
HED 337 Exercise Principles & Applications 3 credits
HED 425 Evolution of Disease and Illness 4 credits
HED 461 Psychology of Sport and Mental Health  3 credits
BIO 114 & Lab Human Biology: Intro. to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
BIO 115 & Lab Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
   
Pedagogical Core: 24 credits
EDU 250 Foundations of Education 3 credits
PED 372 Seminar in Teaching PE 3 credits
PED 380 Concepts of Teaching Sports Skills 3 credits
PED 441 Teaching Methods in PE 3 credits
PED 493 Student Teaching: PE/Health 12 credits
EDU 495 Child Abuse Seminar 0 credits
EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Seminar 0 credits
EDU 497 Dignity for All Students (DASA) 0 credits
PED 494 Capstone for Teachers 3 credits
Total 120 or more credits

Physical Education Teacher Certification Curriculum

Physical Education courses: 50 credits
PED 150 Introduction to PE/Health 3 credits
PED 203 Net, Target and Fitness Activities 3 credits
PED 204 Invasion Games 3 credits
HED 205 Wellness and Fitness 3 credits
PED 207 Dance & Gymnastics 3 credits
PED 305 Cooperative Activities & Outdoor Curriculum 3 credits
PED 311 Movement Ed. & Elementary Act. 3 credits
HED 321 Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, WSI 3 credits
PED 351 Coaching Theory & Techniques 3 credits
PED 354 & Lab Adapted Physical Education 3 credits
PED 360 Human Growth & Motor Development 3 credits
PED 371 Assessment in PE 3 credits
HED 461 Psych of Sport & Mental Health 3 credits
BIO 114 & Lab Human Biology: Intro. to Human 
Anatomy and Physiology
4 credits
BIO 115 & Lab Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
HHP 235 Kinesiology 3 credits
HED 337  Exercise Principles & Applications 3 credits
   
Pedagogical Core: 25credits
EDU 250 Foundations of Education 3 credits
PED 372 Seminar in Teaching PE 3 credits
PED 380 Concepts in Teaching Sport Skills 3 credits
PED 441 Teaching in PE 3 credits
PED 493 Student Teaching PE/Health 12 credits
PED 494 Capstone for Teachers 3 credits
EDU 495 Child Abuse Seminar 0 credits
EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Workshop 0 credits
EDU 497 Dignity for All Students 0 credits


3. Free Electives
Courses/credits in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. 

Non-Teaching Majors

The physical education major may wish to pursue a career other than teaching. Several options are available to prepare candidates for professional careers or graduate training. Candidates may obtain a non-teaching, bachelor of science degree in physical education; a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a minor in sport psychology or a concentration in sport administration. In each program the candidate must combine the elected minor or concentration with the 13 courses in the Physical Education Core. Students in the non-teaching options follow the regular Canisius College Core Curriculum. 


Physical Education Core

PED 150 Intro to PE/Health 3 credits
HED 205 Wellness & Fitness 3 credits
HHP 235 Kinesiology 3 credits
SPMT 150 Intro. to Sport Management 3 credits
HED 337 Exercise Principles & Applications 3 credits
SPMT 230 Sport & Recreation Law 3 credits
PED 351 Coaching Theory and Techniques 3 credits
PED 380 Concepts in Teaching Sport Skills 3 credits
HED 461 Psych of Sport & Mental Health 3 credits
BIO 114 & Lab Human Biology: Intro. to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
BIO 115 & Lab Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
PE or Health Elective 3 credits
PE or Health Elective 3 credits
PE or Health Elective 3 credits
Total 38 credits

Minor

The sports psychology minor provides students interested in psychology and physical education with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport, physical activity, health psychology, exercise psychology or coaching. The minor ideally prepares the student for careers in coaching or sport psychology. Candidates may seek advisement from the Psychology Department or the Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies program. Candidates must complete the Physical Education Core listed above and the sport psychology minor courses listed below.

Physical Education/Sport Psychology Minor:

Free Electives (PED 498 Internship Recommended) 18 credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology I 3 credits
PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology II 3 credits
PSY 201 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 329 Leadership and Motivation 3 credits
PSY 373 Behavior Modification 3 credits
Total 33 credits

Concentration

Candidates may obtain a bachelor of science degree in physical education (non-teaching) by completing the Physical Education Core courses, and will also obtain a sport administration concentration by completing the sport administration courses listed below. An internship is highly recommended in place of a free elective.

Physical Education/Sport Administration Concentration:

MAT 105 Linear Algebra  3 credits
MAT 131 Statistics & Computers 3 credits
ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
ECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits
MGT 101 Management of Organizations 3 credits
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3 credits
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
ISB 101 Management Technology 3 credits
Total 24 credits


Courses

PED for Physical Education, HED for Health Education
 
HED 115 Basic Nutrition          3 credits
This course will address all aspects of proper nutrition. The class will address material such as  macronutrients, micronutrients, daily caloric intake and portion sizes. Students will gain knowledge of nutrition through class lectures, interactive activities and peer presentations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of proper nutrition and appropriate dietary habits.  Fall/Spring

PED 150 Intro to PE/Health          3 credits
Organization and administration of school programs, beginning teacher standards in physical education, NASPE standards, appropriate practices in health and physical education, and professional development activities. Development of electronic candidate portfolio. Taskstream course fee. 10 hours of Service-Learning required.  Fall/Spring   

PED 203 Net, Target and Fitness Activities           3 credits
Participation in selected net, target, and fitness activities. Students will develop a sub-skill analysis of the major skills within each sport, teaching progressions, lead-up games, informal/formal assessments of selected activities.   Fall/Spring

PED 204 Invasion Games           3 credits
Participation in selected games which invade a territory. Students will develop a sub-skill analysis of the major skills within each sport, teaching progressions, lead-up games, informal/formal assessments of selected activities.  Fall/Spring 

HED 205 Wellness and Fitness           3 credits
Lecture and laboratory. Skills, teaching methods, resource units, evaluative instruments, teaching aids, leading to an overall under-standing of the principles of health and wellness. Focus on physical fitness testing for childhood, childhood obesity and the development of a personal fitness program.
 Fall/Spring

PED 207 Dance & Gymnastics        3 credits
Participation in selected dance and gymnastics forms. Students will learn appropriate organization and teaching progressions for various forms of dance and gymnastics taught in the P-12 curricula. Fall/Spring

HED 220 Healthy Behaviors            3 credits
Examines health determinants and the effects on all seven dimensions of health. Assessment of personal lifestyle behaviors and factors influencing current and relevant health issues. Emphasis on personal behavior modification to practice health-enhancing behaviors and to reduce health risks. Guidelines for healthy practices related to nutrition, mental health, cancer prevention, HIV/STD’s, cardiovascular disease, stress management, sexuality, physical fitness, drugs and alcohol and relationships. Establishes foundation for living healthy and productive lives. Fall/Spring

HED 321 Lifeguard, C.P.R., First Aid, WSI           3 credits
Knowledge, skill techniques and appreciations necessary to meet certification requirements of the American Red Cross. Certification fee required for this course. Prerequisite: Department swimming test and completion of departmental recommendation. Fall/Spring


PED 305 Cooperative Act. & Outdoor Curr.          3 credits
Philosophy, teaching methods, programming and safety management. Activities may include initiatives, new games, problem solving, trust activities, ropes course, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, repelling, cross-country skiing and others. Fall/Spring 

PED 311 Movement Ed. & Elementary Act.          3 credits
Conceptual bases, perceptual-motor development and practical applications of movement education. Development, implementation and integration of a physical education program; teaching strategies geared to the elementary level classroom with emphasis on New York and national learning standards in Physical Education. 50 hour field experience required.  Fall/Spring

HED 325 School Health           3 credits
Explores the most prevalent health and safety issues of school-aged children and youth. Risk factors and resiliency related are examined at individual, classroom, school, family and community levels. At-risk issues such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, violence, dropping out of school, child and teen suicide, child abuse are addressed. Prospective teachers learn strategies for a safe and healthy classroom and school environment. 50-hour field experience required.  Fall/Spring

HED 337 Exercise Principles and Applications           3 credits
This course will address the many aspects of fitness and exercise.  Students will experience classroom lecture as well as practical experience in the weight room and other alternative exercise facilities. Students will gain experience is the proper design of exercise programs and will understand the importance of periodization as it relates to exercise. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a vast knowledge of the principles surrounding strength and conditioning. Prerequisites: BIO 107/L and BIO 108/L with a minimum grade of C.   Fall/Spring

PED 351 Coaching Theory and Techniques                    3 credits
Principles of effective coaching, including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership theory, sports psychology and teaching motor skills.  Service-Learning hours may be earned in this course. Fall/Spring 

PED 354 & Lab Adapted Physical Education                  3 credits
Field-centered approach to development of physical-education pro-grams for students with disabilities. Concurrent observation and participation in program for the disabled. Includes 10 hour non-credit lab. For special populations. Service-Learning hours may be earned in this course. Prerequisites: BIO 107-108. Fall/Spring

PED 360 Human Growth & Motor Development             3 credits
Examination of principles of growth and developmental theory with an emphasis on factors affecting changes in movement potential of individuals.  Fall/Spring

PED 371 Assessment in PE              3 credits
Lectures, laboratory, and field experience in the Physical Best Fitness program, Fitnessgram, and integrating the NYS Profile. Focus on the evaluation of the State standards and authentic assessments and NASPE guidelines. Certification fee required for this course. 10 hour field experience required. Fall/Spring
 
PED  372 Seminar in Teaching PE/Health           3 credits
Current Issues  in P-12 Physical Education, Health and Athletics as well as certification requirements.  Fall/Spring


PED 380 Concepts in Teaching Sport Skills        3 credits
Normal developmental patterns of motor skills. How the human organism acquires movement proficiency in those skills. Includes non-credit lab in teaching sport skills. Fall/Spring

HED 425 Evolution of Disease & Illness          3 credits
Overview of humanity’s triumphs and failures in the ongoing fight of illness and disease. Explores history of disease, current health issues and trends to determine outlook for emerging health concerns of the future. Examines various models of disease to explain disease agents and route of transmission throughout the body’s systems. Analysis of disease occurrence, predisposing factors, body’s immune response, symptoms, prevention, treatment and control. Fall/Spring

PED 441 Teaching Methods in PE     3 credits
Development, implementation and integration of a physical education program; teaching strategies for K-12 physical education with emphasis on New York and national learning standards in Physical Education. 50 hour field experience required. 
Prerequisites: PED 311 and HED 325. Fall/Spring

HED 461 Psych of Sport & Mental Health             3 credits
Psychological aspects of healthy living related to sports, exercise and lifestyle. Stress and relaxation techniques, controlled breathing and holistic benefits of health are discussed, leading to an improved quality of life for athletes. Meets Field Knowledge V.  Fall/Spring

PED 493 Student Teaching PE/Health: Childhood and Adolescence      12 credits
Seven-week student teaching experience in an elementary school, Grades 1-6, and in a high school, Grades 7-12, culminating the preparation for teacher certification. Grade: Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Completion of all other course requirements and department approval; 2.5 G.P.A. in all major courses. Fall/Spring 

PED 494 Capstone Seminar for Teachers          3 credits
Accompanies student teaching for education majors.  Teacher candidates reflect on their student teaching and observations, complete readings, engage in classroom discussions and complete reflections and other projects related to issues of diversity, global awareness, and social justice and how these pertain to their own development as teachers. 
Fall/Spring

EDU 495 Child Abuse Seminar           0 credits
Occurs during the Student Teaching Seminar. Required for NYS Teacher Certification. 
Fall/Spring

EDU 496 Prevention of School Violence Seminar           0 credits
Occurs during the Student Teaching Seminar. Required for NYS Teacher Certification. Fall/Spring
 
EDU 497 Dignity for All Students (DASA)        0 credits
Provides six hours of online and face-to-face training on the components of the Dignity Act, how school climate impacts student achievement and behavior, reporting requirements for Educators as defined by the Dignity Act, understanding diversity and multi-cultural environments and examining personal biases, developing and enhancing awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act, and understanding bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors. Face-to-Face scheduled sessions will take place during the interim week between the two student teaching placements.  Candidates enrolled in online programs may take this course synchronously using distance education technology or take the course elsewhere.  Corequisite:  EDU 493.  Fall/Spring

NOTE: PED 493, PED 494, EDU 495, EDU 496, and EDU 497 must be registered together during the student teaching semester. This will count as a full semester of four courses, 15 credit hours. 

PED 498 Internship    3 credits
Field-based experience in selected areas of physical education. Requires 120 clock hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Fall/Spring 

PED 499 Independent Study           3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall/Spring