Program Name and Program Hours- We are combining the Physical Education Non-certification major program with the Health Education minor program into one major program called Physical Education and Health Non-Certification. This new program will require 120 hours and 8 semesters of course work, reducing the current combined major and minor program from 126 hours and 8+ semesters of course work. This change will allow students to complete the program in four years of coursework.
Program Description- The physical education and health non-certification program prepares students to work with children and youth in YMCA community recreation centers, family fitness and sports centers, after school programs, summer camps, community health departments, and voluntary health organizations, as well as other physical and health education related agencies. The program consists of courses in sports skills (individual, dual and team sports), organization and administration, health education and other kinesiology related courses. The final course in the program is a community-based internship that is affiliated with community centers, health clubs and YMCA’s where students receive on the job training as part of their fieldwork experiences.
Program Core Curriculum- We are adding the following courses: KIN 260, KIN 295, BIO 121/L, ENV 110, HEA 125, HEA 230, HEA 270, HEA 320, HEA 350; we are deleting the following courses: KIN 340/L, KIN 370, PHE 310, PHE 319, BIO 208/L, BIO 209/L. These changes will better align the program to the content courses needed to meet the national standards of our professional organization SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators). The content courses will also give students the content needed to become effective professionals in future physical and health education related positions.
The reduction in hours to complete the combined Physical Education and Health Non-certification program will align to the new Success by Design Strategic Framework, giving students better access to courses (many of the courses will be offered online) and a faster time to completion of the program. The change in required hours and courses for the new program will give students content knowledge more specific to physical and health education, especially content needed for future careers related to physical and health education.
Electives: The Physical Education and Health Non-certification Program will include 15 hours of elective courses, allowing students to design an area of specialization to meet their interests and future professional needs.
Learning Outcomes- By completing this program, students will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of physical education and health, including the structure, function, and importance of organizational elements common to physical and health education.
- Understand the importance of fostering collaborative relationships with colleagues and community resource personnel.
- Demonstrate professional dispositions that promote a positive and professional work environment.
4. Understand how various programs in physical and health education are planned, organized, publicized and managed.
5. Be able to plan, implement, and manage a physical and health education program.