Over the past two decades, physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus and now is recognized as essential to a young person’s overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living (SHAPE America).
Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence (SHAPE America). Our Physical Education Teacher Education program prepares our majors to effectively plan and deliver this standards-based content and instruction.
In this major, you will gain knowledge and strategies to support the development of human movement, skills, and confidence in physical literacy.
This program prepares you to become a competent physical educator consistent with developmentally and instructionally appropriate guidelines provided by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education as a K-12 physical education teacher.
More than 80 percent of undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty, who also have years of experience in the field. Your professors encourage you to participate in field opportunities and provide direct supervision and guidance.
You will have an opportunity to put your coursework into action during a semester-long internship in a local elementary and secondary school setting.