For Prospective Students

Students planning to pursue a degree in Physical Education Teacher Education are encouraged to review our website and contact the Physical Education Coordinator with any additional questions or concerns. Appointments to tour our facilities and discuss the major further are available upon request.

Students planning to transfer into our program from Maryland 2-year Colleges are encouraged to use ARTSYS to review recommended transfer programs and course equivalencies.

PRAXIS Requirement

Students pursuing a degree in Education must complete the PRAXIS CORE prior to any student teaching experience. It is most commonly completed by the end of the student’s Sophomore year. In addition to being a prerequisite for KNES 324 and KNES 325, the PRAXIS CORE tests are required as part of the teacher certification process and formal admission to the program.  The passing scores for PRAXIS CORE are:

  • 5712 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading – 156
  • 5722 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing – 162
  • 5732 Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics – 150

To sign up for or get more information pertaining to the PRAXIS Core please visit www.ets.org/praxis

Program Phases and Clinical Experiences

Clinical experiences occur in each phase of the physical education teacher education program. In Phase I (Preadmission), candidates complete the course KNES 290 Introduction to Teaching Physical Education, including the School Observation and Reflection Assignment. This assignment requires candidates to observe a physical education class, usually one time at the elementary level and one time at the secondary level (middle or high school), and write a reflection. Clinical experiences that build on the observation in KNES 290 can be found in KNES 182, 184, 239, and 283. In these courses, candidates are involved in instruction to home-schooled students aged 3-18 years, representing a diverse group of children from the Baltimore metropolitan area and surrounding communities.

During Phase II (Admission) of the program, candidates complete courses which constitute the Internship I experience, namely KNES 324 Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School, KNES 325 Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School, and KNES 423 Adapted Physical Education. Each course requires the completion of 30 clinical hours in public school settings in and surrounding the Baltimore metropolitan area. As part of the experience, candidates complete a sequence that involves observation of their mentor teacher, assisting the mentor teacher with instruction, initial teaching wherein the candidate adapts a lesson taught by the mentor teacher, and finally, independently planning for and teaching four or more lessons. Candidates complete the Adapted Physical Education experience in a setting that includes PreK-12 grade students with disabilities. In addition, candidates observe and participate in varied community events for persons with disabilities each semester.

During Phase III (Capstone Internship) of the program, candidates complete the full-time clinical teaching experience in public school settings in and surrounding the Baltimore metropolitan area.   The candidate is placed in both an elementary school and a secondary school (e.g., middle or high school) for eight weeks. In many cases, the candidates are placed in the same school for the Capstone Internship as their Internship I experiences. Similar to the Internship I experiences, candidates initially observe their mentor teacher, transition to assisting the mentor teacher, followed by initial teaching in which the candidate assumes the professional responsibilities of the mentor teacher.

Physical Education Teacher Education Coordinator

Dr. Tab Uhrich
410-704-5610