Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Health and Physical Education Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

For the student pursuing a career in teaching health and/or physical education. Consists of 51 credit hours. Separate admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) is a requirement for anyone wishing to graduate with a major in health and physical education. Specific admissions criteria for the TEP are listed in the TEP section of the academic catalog.

Consists of 51 credit hours in the following courses:

ES-235 Introduction to Teaching Physical Education

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Survey exploration for freshman and sophomores interested in the Health and Physical Education major. Observational experiences in each level of physical education teaching. Concepts include philosophy of physical education, behavior management, establishing a positive learning environment, advocacy, and differentiating instruction. Two days each week in the classroom and three days each week in the field.

ES-225 Team Sports and Activities

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduces students to the fundamental skills and concepts involved in team sports. Through a tactical games approach, students will develop skill technique and tactical awareness to successfully participate in a variety of team sports, including but not limited to basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

ES-249 Nutritional Concepts in Exercise Science

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Exploration of basic nutritional requirements for active individuals and the relationship of proper nutrition to increased health and human performance. Topics include how nutrients (e.g., carbohydrates, proteins) can influence exercise performance, appropriate ways to manage weight, and evaluation of the role of ergogenic aids in human performance.

ES-303 Topics and Concepts in School Health

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This is a survey course, which examines a variety of personal and community health and wellness topics. Students will gain the content knowledge and understanding of health topics and develop health literacy skills that will prepare them to teach school health aligned with the National Health Education Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning.

ES-310 Lifetime Activities in Physical Education

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Performance and teaching techniques for gymnastics, rhythms, dance, cooperative activities, and outdoor education, with a focus on pedagogical issues. Prerequisite: ES-235 or permission of instructor

ES-318 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduction to human structures and physiological systems, which are fundamental to human activity. Systems covered include musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous with particular attention to the integration of function across systems. Students needing a laboratory-based course should take BIOL 305: Introduction to Human Anatomy and BIOL 314: Human Physiology as an alternative.

ES-320 Kinesiology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examination of the function of the human musculoskeletal system. Selected musculoskeletal structures and their functions, as well as analysis of movements as they relate to physical activity, exercise and sport. Prerequisites: BIOL-305 or ES-318

ES-335 Physiology of Exercise

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Basic physiological concepts of the nervous, muscular and energy systems, including the effect of exercise on such functions as circulation, respiration and temperature regulation. Prerequisites: BIOL-305 or ES-318

ES-340 Teaching Methods for School Health

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Administration of school health and exercise science programs, including health instruction, environmental services and curriculum content. Methods and materials used in teaching health and exercise science as well as experiences in unit structure and application are covered. Prerequisites: ES-300WX or ES-303

ES-345 Motor Behavior

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of human movement from the perspectives of motor learning, motor development and motor control. The basic psychological learning principles and theories apply to the acquisition of motor skills and factors which may influence skill learning are identified as is physical growth and development as related to motor performance across the lifespan.

ES-350 Assessment and Technology in Secondary Physical Education

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Spring Only

Preparation for future health and physical education teachers to construct and identify various forms of authentic and traditional assessments in the secondary PE setting. Includes the use of technology to gather and record data, enhance learning and enhance personal productivity in the physical activity setting. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program Corequisite: ES-370

ES-368W Psychological Principles in Physical Education and Sport

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to the role psychology plays in physical education and sport settings. Exploration of how psychological factors (e.g., personality, achievement motivation, anxiety) can influence participation in physical activity and motor performance, how the structure of sport and physical education programs influence psychological development, and how teaching mental skills (e.g., arousal regulation, goal setting, visualization) may enhance motor performance in physical education and sport. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG 110 FILA general education: writing intensive

ES-370 Teaching Methods for Secondary Physical Education

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Preparation for the physical educator to teach lifetime physical activity at the secondary level. Curriculum development, unit and lesson planning, and effective instructional strategies and techniques will be explored and applied through peer teaching and practical field experience. Prerequisites: EDUC-215 and ES-235

ES-385 Adapted Physical Education and Recreation

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examination of the field of Adapted Physical Education. Exposure to recreational needs and capabilities of people with disabilities is provided. Practical experience in working with the special populations as well as orientation to wheelchair sports. Off campus laboratory experience required.

ES-426 Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment in Elementary Physical Education

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Preparation for future health and physical education teachers to apply principles of class management, assessment, unit and lesson planning and instructional techniques as part of a developmentally appropriate elementary physical education program. Peer teaching provides students with practical experience. Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program Corequisites: EDUC-401

ES-401 Field Experience in Elementary Physical Education

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall Only

Twenty-hour field experience in local schools and preschool program. Reports, reflections and journal entries required. Students will gain experience in observations, assessment, and teaching in the PE setting. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program Corequisite: ES-426

ES-427 Health Promotion and Wellness

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Development of community based intervention strategies to modify health risk behaviors, with emphasis on theoretical foundations, and comprehensive program planning strategies.

ES-165 Tennis

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

FILA general education: ES activity

ES-135 Golf

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

FILA general education: ES activity

ES-175 Conditioning and Weight Training

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

FILA general education: ES activity

In addition to the major, the following courses are required for licensure/certification:

EDUC-140 Introduction to Teaching

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps candidates explore the career of teaching. Emphasis on the historical, sociological and pedagogical foundations of American public education, as well as culturally responsive pedagogy with academically, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Introduces InTASC standards and provides information about local, state and national requirements of the teaching profession.

EDUC-200 Educational Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Surveys principles of development, learning and evaluation as they relate to learners' educational growth. The study of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the learner focuses on how this development relates to pedagogy, motivation, classroom management, and assessment.

EDUC-215 Diversity in the Classroom

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Explores cultural, linguistic and academic diversity, with an introduction to multicultural education. Introduction to appropriate and effective strategies for instructing these diverse learners in inclusive classroom settings. Includes a minimum 10 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: minimum 2.5 GPA, application to the TEP, have taken Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Mathematics, have taken or registered for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA); Sophomore standing.

EDUC-334 Literacy in the Context Area

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Helps secondary education candidates describe and develop effective content literacy strategies for academically, culturally and linguistically diverse 6-12 students. Candidates use their content area curriculum to enhance literacy development including: vocabulary development; literal, interpretive, critical and evaluative comprehension; critical thinking; writing strategies; and listening and speaking skills. Includes minimum 20 hours of field experience. Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP and junior standing

EDUC-372 Classroom Management, Secondary

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Effective and efficient management of time, space and resources, including lessons and classroom behaviors, are examined as a means of promoting learning. Candidates develop a management plan that is inclusive, respectful and based upon current theory and practice. Effective organization and communication techniques are stressed. Includes a minimum of 20 hours field experience in 6-12 classroom (or in a classroom of the licensure.) Successful field experience is necessary for a passing grade in the class. Prerequisite: admission to the TEP

EDUC-380X Practicum in Current Teaching Techniques

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term & Summe

Three-week, full-day, field practicum taken immediately before student teaching. Candidates teach in a grade-level range different from their student teaching placement, but within their range of licensure and certification. Candidates teach a minimum of two times, participates in all professional activities of their classroom cooperating teacher, and engage in reflective seminars back on campus, or through online delivery. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, admission to the TEP, successful completion of EDUC-371 or EDUC-372 and taken in May Term or summer before student teaching FILA general education: experiential learning Note: Those seeking ESL certification take this course the junior year but after having taken EDUC-371 or EDUC-372.

EDUC-452 Seminar in Educational Practices, Secondary

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Taken during the student teaching experience, this course emphasizes professional licensure requirements and teacher performance standards, measuring student academic progress and collaboration models of teaching. Candidates develop various personal skills and resources, including the development of an online educational portfolio, consistent with InTASC standards for obtaining employment in the education field. Prerequisites: admission to the TEP Corequisites: EDUC-465 or EDUC-470

EDUC-470 Professional Student Teaching

Credits: 13 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Fifteen-week final field experience involving instructional planning, observation and teaching. Supervised by the classroom cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Students are expected to assume complete responsibility for the classroom during the student teaching experience and engage in all activities related to teaching in the school community. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program and completion of all coursework in the Teacher Education Program Corequisite: EDUC-450

*Courses only offered to students accepted into the Teacher Education Program

Students wishing to pursue this major should declare their intentions early in their academic career due to the significant course loads required to graduate in four years and the need for careful planning and advising.