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Physical Education Health Education

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MISSION STATEMENT

The PEHE program has as its overarching goal to prepare the best and most effective physical educators and health educators in Ohio. In order to accomplish this goal the PEHE program is directly aligned to the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession (OSTP), the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Physical Education, the SHAPE America (NASPE) Physical Education Beginning Teacher Preparation Standards/NCATE (2008), and the SHAPE America (AAHE) Health Education Beginning Teacher Preparation Standards/NCATE (2008). Key assessments are embedded throughout the program in both physical education and health education aligned to meet these standards.

The PEHE program:

  1. Prepares students to become highly effective and reflective teachers of health topics pertinent to all six components of multidimensional health (physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental)
  2. Prepares students to earn State of Ohio Multi-age (grades PK-12) Health Education teaching licensure

Develops Health Education teachers who are:

  1. Able to plan and implement effective health education curricula and lessons
  2. Able to assess needs and learning outcomes of their students
  3. Able to develop a coordinated school health program
  4. Knowledgeable health resource persons
  5. Effective communicators and advocates for comprehensive health education
  6. Responsive to the needs of students and the community

Students are prepared to teach comprehensive pre K-12 school health education that meets the National Health Education Standards (NHES), which emphasize skills-based learning and assessment. Content-specific methods courses provide students with opportunities to demonstrate competence in all OSTP and American Association of Health Education (AAHE) standards. The content addresses a wide range of areas relating to personal health, nutrition, mental health issues, drug use and abuse, social health, and reproductive health, and health behavior theory.

Develops Physical Education teachers who are: 

  1. Versatile, skillful movers 
  2. Healthy and role models
  3. Knowledgeable about human movement, in the sciences relating to human movement (Applied human anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Development and Learning and Movement Analysis),
  4. Creating personal meaning and enjoyment of movement in their students.
  5. Utilizing appropriate current pedagogical practices in physical education.

In physical education teacher education, students are prepared in content areas of games- individual and team sports using the tactical games approach to teaching, educational dance, educational gymnastics and fitness activities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Education are expected to:

  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals in both content areas of health education and physical education.
  • Demonstrate competence in all of the OSTP, SHAPE America (AAHE, 2008 standards), and the SHAPE America (NASPE, 2008 standards).

The BGSU Physical Education Teacher Education program received NASPE/NCATE (Specialized Professional Association) program accreditation in 2013, and in 2007 the PETE program at Bowling Green State University received National Recognition through NASPE 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 (2008, 2001).

And for whom movement has personal meaning and enjoyment

  • PEHE received NASPE/NCATE (Specialized Professional Association) program accreditation in 2013, and in 2007 the PETE program at Bowling Green State University received National Recognition through NASPE 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/NCATE (2008) Initial National Physical Education Standards.

Curricula

  • Grounded in three highly interrelated bodies of kinesiological knowledge:
    • Foundations of human movement
    • Curriculum and instruction
    • Movement performance
  • Gain competencies in:
    • Motor development and learning
    • Applied human anatomy
    • Movement analysis 
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise physiology
    • Measurement. 
  • Students learn important understandings of:
    • History of physical education
    • Curriculum and lesson planning 
    • Pedagogical principles 
    • Methods of teaching early childhood through adolescent/young adult physical education.
  • Students achieve competencies in dance, gymnastics, and games from the theoretical perspectives of the Movement Approach and the Games for Understanding approach.
  • Please see our curriculum Check Sheet for more information
  • Collaborative Health Education Licensure is now available through an effort with the University of Toledo.

Field Experiences

  • Extensive field-based courses place students in the schools to gain important pedagogical competencies in supervised settings
  • Follow a developmental approach moving from observation, to co-teaching, to teaching entire classes under the supervision of a Classroom Mentor teacher.

PEHE Faculty

Career Opportunities

  • The 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

If you have any questions, please contact the PEHE Program Coordinator, Dr. Pamela Bechtel at pbechte@bgsu.edu.