Teacher Certification (K-12) Option

120 credits

The Physical Education Teacher Certification program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for K-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. Receiving states may have a difference in grade range and may impose certain requirements that must be met within a reasonable period of time. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section in this Catalog. Please also visit

Human needs and development, pedagogical principles, skill acquisition, the science of human movement and many other related topics are practiced and demonstrated. Early field experiences within the university setting, practica in school settings, and full semester teaching internship provide perspective to the theories and applications as learned in the core and option.

Admittance into the Teacher Certification Option is based on the following criteria:
• minimum 42 credits earned
• minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
• minimum grade of C in each of the following courses:
PE 2415 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Instruction
PE 2550 Foundations of Physical Education
• completion of 15 of the required 45 hours of community service
• passing PraxisTM Core Academic Skills for Educators
• up-to-date electronic folio
• meeting with the Coordinator of Teacher Education for Health Education, Physical Education and Physical Education/Health Education.

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Internship in Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires all persons who regularly come into contact with pupils on a daily basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher certification candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships.

In order for teacher certification candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher certification candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
PE 2405 Concepts of Fitness and Skill Performance 2
PE 2406 Concepts of Fitness and Skill Performance Lab 1
PE 2415 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Instruction 3
PE 2424 Net and Wall Activities 1.5
PE 2425 Lifetime/Leisure Activities 1.5
PE 2426 Striking and Fielding Activities 1.5
PE 2427 Territorial Activities 1.5
PE 2440 Elementary Activities, Gymnastics and Rhythms 3
PE 2550 Foundations of Physical Education (TECO) 3
PE 2731 Motor Development (WRCO) 3
PE 2860 Adventure Programming for Physical Educators (WECO) 3
PE 3020 Instructional Strategies I - Elementary 3
PE 3050 Instructional Strategies I: Elementary Physical Education Teaching Lab 1
PE 3315 Curriculum Design and Implementation 2
PE 3560 Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education (QRCO) 3
PE 3570 Kinesiology 3
PE 3580 Physiology of Exercise 3
PE 3600 Adapted Physical Education 3
PE 3720 Motor Learning 3
PE 4040 Instructional Strategies II - Secondary 3
PE 4050 Instructional Strategies II: Secondary Physical Education Teaching Lab 1
PE 4710 Physical Education Internship in Teaching K-12: Elementary Component 6
PE 4720 Physical Education Internship in Teaching K-12: Secondary Component 6
PE 4815 Teaching Seminar in Physical Education and Physical Education Health Education 1
Group A - complete one course: 1.5
PE 2428 Flexibility, Core, and Balance Training
PE 2640 Burdenko Conditioning
PE 2831 Resistance Training Techniques
BI 2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BI 2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BI 2130 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
BI 2140 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 15.5

PE 3020 requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. PE 4040 requires a minimum grade of C in PE 3020 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.60. PE 4710 and PE 4720 require a minimum grade of C in PE 4040 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.