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    The mission of this major is to prepare teacher candidates, who are passionate about health and physical education, promote lifelong physical activity, cognitive function, and overall academic achievement through a standards-based curriculum.

    The Health and Physical Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in Physical Education with criteria defined by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. The primary goal of the program is to prepare effective educators to work in k-12 school settings

    Graduates of the Teacher Education Track are prepared to work in school settings delivery health and physical education to school aged youth.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education - Teacher Education - Credits: 89

    The requirements leading to teacher certification in K-12 health and physical education parallel the accreditation standards and guidelines of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education and of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The curriculum is designed to prepare future health and physical education teachers for the challenge of teaching K-12 students about the importance of physical activity and health.

    The specific course of study and the requirements leading to teacher certification administered by the Department of Physical Education are available in the departmental office, from the student’s advisor, online at, and from the Teacher Education Policy Manual, available in 105 McKay Education Building and on the College of Education homepage.

    The guidelines on admission, professional conduct, and student teaching for this department are subject to change. Current requirements for the College of Education as a whole may be found in the Teacher Education Policy Manual.

    Physical Education Methods - Credits: 26

    PE 152, 274, 352, 452, and 455 must be taken in sequence. Acceptance to Teacher Education is required for PE 352, 452, 468, and 455.

    • PE 152 - Practical Introduction to Teaching Physical Education Credits: 3
    • PE 274 - Assessment Strategies in Physical Education Credits: 3
    • PE 352 - Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods Credits: 3
    • PE 452 - Field Experience in Elementary PE Methods Credits: 3
    • PE 468 - Senior Seminar in Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Credits: 2
    • PE 455 - Student Teaching - Physical Education Credits: 12

    Physical Education Professional - Credits: 25

    Acceptance to Teacher Education required for PE 383.

    • CDEV 248 - Human Development and Education Credits: 3
    • PE 191 - Foundations of Physical Education Credits: 2
    • PE 192 - Diversity Issues in Physical Education Credits: 2
    • PE 202 - Technology for Physical Education Teacher Education Credits: 3
    • PE 227 - Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity Credits: 3
    • PE 360 - Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Physical Activity Credits: 3
    • PE 383 - Motor Development and Learning Credits: 3
    • SEFE 326 - ELL Strategies and Practice Credits: 3
    • SEFE 342 - Educational Psychology for Diverse Learners Credits: 3

    Physical Activity Theory - Credits 29

    • DANC 105 - Dance Fundamentals Credits: 2
    • PE 106 - Gymnastics Fundamentals Credits: 3
    • PE 107 - Aquatic Fundamentals Credits: 3
    • PE 141 - Personal Physical Fitness Credits: 1
    • PE 241 - Outdoor Pursuits Credits: 3
    • PE 242 - Physical Health and Fitness Education Credits: 3
    • PE 243 - Educational Movement in Health & Wellness Credits: 3
    • PE 356 - Net/Wall Activities and Games Credits: 3
    • PE 357 - Territory Activities and Games Credits: 3
    • PE 358 - Lifetime/Leisure Activities and Games Credits: 3
    • PE 359 - Striking/Fielding Activities and Games Credits: 2

    Health Professional Courses - Credits: 9

    CPR and First Aid Instructor Competency required. PE 268, 362, and 462 must be taken in sequence. Acceptance to Teacher Education required for HLTH 362 and 462.

    • PE 268 - Introduction to School and Community Health Credits: 3
    • PE 362 - School Health Education Teaching Methods Credits: 3
    • PE 462 - Field Experience in School Health Education Methods Credits: 3

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

    In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

    • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable
    • SAT or ACT Scores
    • $30.00 application fee

    WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
    Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.

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