School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teacher Education
Physical Education Teacher Education Major
The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of human movement. An effective physical education teacher is one who is able to develop physically educated individuals defined as versatile, skillful movers who are healthy and fit, knowledgeable about human movement, and for whom movement has personal meaning and enjoyment. PETE received NASPE/NCATE program accreditation in 2007.
The PETE program prepares students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of human movement eligible for State of Ohio Multi-age (ages, 3-21; grades, Pre K-12) Physical Education teaching licensure. The PETE faculty view an effective physical education teacher as one who is able to develop physically educated individuals defined as versatile, skillful movers who are healthy and fit, knowledgeable about human movement, and for whom movement has personal meaning and enjoyment.
In 2007 the PETE program at Bowling Green State University received National Recognition through NASPE (Specialized Professional Association) and NCATE on its first report. The program was among the first in the country to present all the necessary evidence in the initial report that teacher candidates graduate with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required by the NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education standards.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Physical Education Teacher Education are expected to:
• Know and apply discipline-specific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of a physically education person. (Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge)
• Develop into physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fairness as lineated in the NASPE K-12 standards. (Skill and Fitness Based Competence)
• Plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students. (Planning and Implementation)
• Use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning. (INstructional Delivery and Management)
• Utilize assessments and reflections to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions. (Impact on Student Learning)
• Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals. (Professionalism)
These specific learning outcomes were taken from the National Standards and Guidelines for Physical Education Teacher Education 3rd Edition (NASPE, 2009) and include NASPE/NCATE (2008) Initial National Physical Education Standards.
The thematic curriculum for the PETE major is grounded in three highly interrelated bodies of kinesiological knowledge: foundations of human movement, curriculum and instruction, and movement performance. In the human movement foundations courses, students gain competencies in motor development and learning, applied human anatomy, movement analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and measurement. Students learn important understandings of the history of physical education, curriculum and lesson planning, pedagogical principles, and methods of teaching early childhood through adolescent/young adult physical education as part of the curriculum and instruction courses. In the movement performance courses, students achieve competencies in dance, gymnastics, and games from the theoretical perspectives of the Movement Approach and the Games for Understanding approach.
PETE majors may also elect to pursue an Adapted Physical Education licensure endorsement program. A Collaborative Health Education Licensure is now available through an effort with the University of Toledo.
Extensive field-based courses place students in the schools to gain important pedagogical competencies in supervised settings prior to their internship teaching student experience. These fieldwork settings follow a developmental approach moving from observation, to co-teaching, to teaching entire classes under the supervision of a Classroom Mentor teacher.
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The Physical Education Teacher Education program prepares students in the rich historical tradition of professional physical education preparation at Bowling Green State University. School districts across the country, particularly those in northwest and northcentral Ohio, have long sought out graduates of the Bowling Green program to fill their positions for physical education teachers and athletic coaches.