Physical Education Sports Studies Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1

Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic theories of personality, motivation, perception and social psychology as applied to the field of sport and exercise. This includes making the application of theory into practice in applied settings such as coaching, therapy or management and be prepared to enter careers the allied sports professions
  • Design a mental training program from the field of sport psychology that is related to mental health, performance intervention or performance enhancement. Select a sport and a sub-skill within that sport and develop a mental training program(MTP) or psychological skills training program(PSTP) that could be used as a blueprint for a psychological intervention

Learning Goal 2

Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:
  • Design an in season or off-season conditioning program for a team or an individual.
  • Develop an exercise progression for a team that reduces the risk and maximizes benefit

Learning Goal 3

Candidates in the Physical Education/Sport Studies program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all. 

Students will:
  • Be prepared to contribute to the allied sports professions through participation in public relations, education, governmental, research or other professional activities
  • Write a reflection paper for inclusion into the coaching portfolio based on the experiences gained in a ten hour community based learning field placement

Learning Goal 4

Candidates will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will:
  • Reflect on career alternatives outside traditional teaching settings and determine the type of training needed to gain entry into the workforce by writing a reflection paper outlining and clearly expressing and well thought out philosophy of life which will be applied to a career in coaching at either the youth volunteer level, in high school, College or beyond

Learning Goal 5

Candidates will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Students will:
  • Pursue graduate studies or work in coaching science, sports psychology, counseling, sport administration, recreation or leisure.
  • Articulate issues on quality of life in a reflection paper based on a visit to an outside agency