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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Initial Virginia K-12 Licensure in Physical Education and Health

The curriculum is conceptual-based, aligned with NASPE Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning. The coursework addresses a wide range of content and skill areas such as physical education pedagogy, teaching of sports, motor development, motor learning, exercise science, biomechanics, and health education. A total of 120 semester hours is required in the baccalaureate degree program in physical education and health, which leads to initial teacher licensure in Virginia upon passage of the PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II, and completion of the culminating experience of the teacher candidate internship. A Virginia teaching license is accepted for licensure in many other states. Driver's education courses (6 semester hours) are offered for completion of the Virginia endorsement area and are highly recommended for those who intend to teach at the secondary level.

Major Requirements for Completion

Program completers in teacher preparation will be eligible for licensure to teach physical education and health in the commonwealth of Virginia. Teacher candidates must maintain an overall grade point average in both major and minor courses of 2.75 with no grade less than C- in any content area or professional education core class. Additional requirements are passage of the university exit writing examination, passage of the PRAXIS II specialty test of content knowledge (based on the current Commonwealth of Virginia standards), completion of all course competencies, successful completion of the teacher candidate internship, the departmental exit interviews; and university senior assessment examination.

Major Requirements for Retention

Student should maintain an overall grade point average in both major and minor courses of 2.75 with no grade of less than C- in any content area or professional education core class.Application to Teacher Education Services and successful completion of the PRAXIS I test of reading, writing, and mathematics (based on the current commonwealth of Virginia standards or acceptable substitutes of documented scores of 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT) must be accomplished before completing 60 semester hours of the program. Acceptance into Teacher Education must be completed by the end of 60 hours of coursework.In the case of a transfer student, these requirements must be met by the end of the first semester of admission to Old Dominion University.

Undergraduate Curriculum

I. Lower Division General Education University Requirements

Composition - 6 credits ENGL 110C andENGL111C or ENGL 131C or HIST 111C or PHIL 111C
Oral Communication - 3 credits COMM 101R or COMM 103R or COMM 112R
Literature - 3 credits ENGL 112L or ENGL 144L or FLET 100L
Mathematics - 3 credits MATH 102M, 104M, MATH 162M or STAT 130M.
Philosophy - 3 credits PHIL 110P or PHIL 120P or PHIL 150P
History - 3 credits HIST 101H or HIST 102H or HIST 103H or HIST 104H or HIST 105H
Social Science - 3 credits PSYC 201S (This specific course is required for major).
Natural Science and Technology - 12 credits BIOL 108N - 109N (sequence required) and EXSC 322 (satisfies major technology requirement)
Foreign Language - 0-6 credits FR or SPAN or GER or ITAL or LATN or RUS 101F-102F
(3 years in one language in High School will fulfill this requirement).

* Individuals with a prior degree desiring a licensure-only curriculum must complete the following requirements: Sections II - VII inclusive and all courses for the Health Minor.

II. Upper Division Requirements in Major Courses

Completion of a Health Education minor is required for this degree and fulfills the upper division course requirements. 

III. Professional Education Core

(6 credits including starred courses and 6 additional credits in
discipline
specific methods courses)

*ECI 430 PK-12 Instructional Technology
*ECI 408 Reading in the Content Area

IV. Early Field Experience (1 credit)

HPE 230 Early Field Experience in PE and Health
Prerequisite: Passing score on PRAXIS I or an acceptable substitute Application to Teacher Education

V. Content Specialty Courses (12 credits)

PE 200 Foundations of Physical Education
PE 217 Fundamental Movement and Dance
PE 218 Aquatics and Outdoor Education
PE 220 Teaching of Team Sports I
PE 221 Teaching of Team Sports II
PE 222 Teaching of Individual Sports

VI. Discipline Specific Courses (27 credits)

*PE 224 Teaching Elementary Physical Education
PE 300 Management Skills for Health and PE
*PE 301 Teaching PE in the Secondary Schools
PE 318 Motor Learning
*PE 319 Physical Growth and Motor Development
PE 404W Adapted Physical Education
HPE 406 Tests and Measurement in HPE
HPE 487 Teacher Candidate Seminar
EXSC 322 Kinesiology and Human Anatomy
EXSC 409 Physiology of Exercise

VII. Practica and Internships (14 credits)

HPE 369 Practicum in PE and Health
Prerequisite: HPE 230 and admission to Teacher Education

HPE 485 Teacher Candidate Internship
Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework and passing score on PRAXIS II Test of Content Knowledge (Form 0856)


Minor In Health Education

 A minor in health education is offered for students in other programs by completing these specified courses (19 credit hours) in health education.

BIOL 250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HE 224 First Aid
HE 230 Personal and Community Health
*HE 302 Methods and Materials in Health Education
PE 406 Tests and Measurement in HPE
*HE 481 Teaching of Sexuality Education in the Schools
*HPE 430 Teaching of Health-Related Fitness and Wellness

Endorsement Area in Driver's Education

An endorsement area in driver's education can be completed in a two course series (6 credit hours). Driver's education endorsement is highly recommended for students desiring to teach on the secondary level. Completion of the following courses meets all VDOE requirements for this endorsement area:

PE 308: Driver's Education Foundations of Traffic Safety (3)

PE 309: Principles and Methodologies of Classroom and In-Car Instruction (3)