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Degree: Bachelor of Science
Semester Hours: 37 content curriculum + 42 teacher education curriculum
Format: Face-to-face
Admission Requirements All students seeking licensure to teach shall make application for admission to teacher education and to student teaching. Application for admission to teacher education is made at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year and application for admission to student teaching is made at the end of the fall semester of the junior year. Transfer students are required to attend an education department transfer orientation meeting their first semester on campus.

Entrance and exit requirements including cut-off test scores for all teacher education programs are found in the Teacher Education Handbook or

An entry assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is required for admission to the teacher education program. Students with qualifying SAT/ACT scores or a Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics score of 155 and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) meet the requirement. The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is required for teacher licensure.

The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) is required for early/primary education (PreK-3), and elementary education (PreK-6). Admission to teacher education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA  and a teacher education interview. Admission to student teaching requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must have a C or better in all education courses (courses with ED prefix and content area methods courses) to be admitted to student teaching. Exit requirements include meeting the Virginia cut off score requirements for the Praxis Subject Assessment (consisting of subject area components); and an earned GPA of 2.7. Students may obtain an additional endorsement without completing an approved licensure program by passing the Praxis Subject Assessment in the content area (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, English as a Second Language, Health and Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Music) with the exception of PreK-3, PreK-6, and Special Education.

Admission prerequisites for the first semester of block courses: admission to Teacher Education, or 2.7 cumulative GPA and submission of the entry assessment math score. Admission prerequisite for the second semester of block courses: admission to Teacher Education.

The health and physical education program, housed in the teacher education program, exists to promote a healthful, activity-oriented lifestyle and to develop competent health and physical education professionals.  This program will prepare students to teach health and physical education by instructing them in the standards of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Content Courses (37 SH)

  • BIOL 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3  Details
  • BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3  Details
  • BIOL 145 Nutrition Fundamentals - 2  Details
  • HE 201 First Aid - 1  Details
  • HE 202 Health and Safety - 2  Details
  • HE 260 Teaching, Ministry, and Healthy Sexuality - 3  Details
  • HE 301 Athletic Training - Details
  • PE 101 Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Recreation - Details
  • PE 302 Motor Learning - 2  Details
  • *PE 414 Biomechanics of Sport - 2  Details
  • *PE 415 Exercise Physiology of Sport - 3  Details
  • PE 416 Fitness Administration and Assessment - 2  Details
  • *PEM 141 Teaching Individual Sports - Details
  • *PEM 142 Teaching Team Sports - 2  Details
  • PEM 143 Fitness, Conditioning and Strength Training - Details
  • *PEM 144 Experiential Education and Recreational Games - 2  Details
  • PEM 145 Rhythmic Activities - 1  Details

Professional Studies Courses (42 SH)

  • ED 101 Exploring Teaching - Details
  • ED 245 Learning and Classroom Environments - Details
  • ED 275 Instructional Technology and Assessment - Details
  • ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners - 3  Details
  • ED 395 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (6-12) - 3  Details
  • ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education - Details
  • ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio - Details
  • ED 461 Elementary Student Teaching (PreK-6) - 7  Details
  • ED 462 Middle/High School Student Teaching (6-12) - 7  Details
  • PE 301 Adapted Physical Education - 3  Details

All ED courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Secondary Physical Education Block

  • ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods for Middle and Secondary Teaching - Details
  • ED 385 Content Area Methods for Middle and Secondary Teaching - 2  Details
  • *PE 402 Middle and Secondary Physical Education - Details
  • Prerequisite courses: ED 101, ED 245, ED 275, HE 202, HE 260

Elementary Physical Education Block

  • *PE 401 Elementary Physical Education - 3  Details
  • *PE 403 Assessment of Physical Activity - 1  Details
  • *PEM 231 Movement Education - 1  Details
  • Prerequisite courses: ED 101, ED 245, PE 301 and PE 302

Additional Licensure Course:

  • PSYC 202 Developmental Psychology - 3  Details

* indicates the course is offered in alternate years

The secondary and elementary physical education blocks are designed to combine actual in-school experience with curriculum theory, methods and student assessment. Travel expenses are the student's responsibility. The blocks are offered alternating fall semesters; the elementary block is offered in even years and secondary block in odd years.

Teacher candidates must comply with all teacher education requirements listed in the teacher education section.

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