Teacher Certification (K-12) Option
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. Please also visit plymouth.edu/office/educator-preparation/. Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Teacher candidates can find the most current New Hampshire Department of Education standards at education.nh.gov/index.htm.
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:
All Physical Education majors seeking teacher certification are required to become a Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) American member by the time they enroll in PE 2415 and to maintain that membership through graduation.
All teacher 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 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 the Office of Educator Preparation.
In order for teacher candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher 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.
|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 2735||Motor Development||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 3565||Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education (QRCO) (WRCO)||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|
|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|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
|GACO||Global Awareness Connection||3|
PE 3020 requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50. PE 4040 requires a minimum grade of C in PE 3020 and PE 3050, 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 PE 4050, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.
*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.