For Prospective Students

Students planning to pursue a degree in physical 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 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 internship experience. It is most commonly completed by the end of the student’s sophomore year. PRAXIS CORE is a prerequisite for admission to KNES 324 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 the PRAXIS CORE, or for more information, visit www.ets.org/praxis.

Program Phases and Field Experiences

Field experiences occur in each phase of the physical education teacher education program. In Phase I (Preadmission), candidates complete the course KNES 292. Field experiences that build on the observation in KNES 292 can be found in KNES 238, 240, 246,  and 294. In these courses, candidates are involved in instruction to home-schooled students ages 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 field 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 who are differently abled. 

During Phase III  of the program, candidates complete the full-time Capstone Internship experience in public school settings in and surrounding the Baltimore metropolitan area.   The candidate is placed in an elementary school for 8 weeks and a secondary school (e.g., middle or high school) for 8 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 Coordinator

Dr. Tab Uhrich
410-704-5610