Physical Education

The Physical Education major is a teacher certification program in physical education (K-grade 12). The department recommends that candidates interested in teaching obtain dual certification in physical education and health, but this major may be of interest for candidates only interested in teaching physical education.

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, teacher assisting, 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 Teacher Certification Option complete a total of 100 hours of practicum experiences in two different courses (PED 311 and PED 441) before student teaching.

This program of instruction incorporates the standards established for physical education at the local school district level, the New York State learning standards for physical education, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) beginning teacher standards. The teacher certification option culminates with a 14week 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.

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

Courses & 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):

REQUIRED COURSES

 
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
BIO 114 & Lab Human Biology: Intro. to Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
BIO 115 & Lab Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits
HED 205 Wellness and Fitness 3 credits
HED 321 Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, WSI 3 credits
HED 337 Exercise Principles  3 credits
HED 461 Health Psychology 3 credits
  53 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
  27 credits
Free Electives to get to 120 or more credits  
Total 120 or more credits

Strength & Conditioning Minor

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a minor in addition to their major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Minors generally range from six to eight required courses. A listing of the minors can be found under the Academic Curricula section of the catalog. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form. The Strength and Conditioning Minor is a common minor for many athletic training, health and wellness, and physical education students. The minor provides students with preparation for the fields of exercise physiology and wellness, and other related health professions and graduate work. It also helps students prepare for health and fitness specialty certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kinesiology courses have specific pre-requisites, which are stated in the course descriptions.

Admission to the strength and conditioning minor is based on skills and knowledge competencies acquired in BIO 114, BIO 115, and KIN 235. Each course must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. The applicant must attain a minimum C (2.0) cumulative G.P.A. in these three courses and an overall college G.P.A. of C (2.0) or higher. Majors from other departments are eligible for selection by meeting the above requirements. Pending qualifications, the minor may be declared following enrollment in KIN 235.

Health and Human Performance Minor Courses

Strength and Conditioning Minor Courses

Course

     

Credits

BIO 114/L

 

Human Biology and Lab

 

4

BIO 115/L

 

Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Lab

 

4

KIN 235

 

Kinesiology

 

3

KIN 336/L

 

Physiology of Exercise and Lab

 

3

HED 337

 

Exercise Principles

 

3

ATH 373

 

Nutritional Issues for Athletic Trainers

 

3

 

 

or

 

 

HED 115

 

Basic Nutrition

 

3

PED 365

 

Principles and Philosophy of Coaching

 

3

KIN 420

 

Strength and Conditioning Applications

 

3

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 Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) and the appropriate Content Specialty Tests(s) (CST). The LAST should be taken in the sophomore year or early in the junior year, the CST(s) in the senior year, and the TPA will be completed during student teaching.

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.