2020-2021 Catalog

Physical Education and Athletic Coaching

Mission Statement

Through the development of pedagogical knowledge, personal dispositions, practical applications, and professional teaching, the mission of the Physical Education and Athletic Coaching program is to promote excellence in kinesiology and sport studies allowing candidates to apply concepts and teaching in the area of physical education and athletic coaching in all preK-12th grade environments.

The Physical Education and Athletic Coaching program has the following objectives:

  • Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
  • Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K – 12 Standards.
  • Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.

The Physical Education and Athletic Coaching program strives to promote active participation of individuals in sport and physical activity across the life span. The department prepares future professionals for careers in fitness and wellness, physical education, strength and conditioning. Other careers that individuals who graduate in this field are prepared to work are sports management and recreation. Physical Educators and Athletic Coaches in the schools touch several hundred youth each year and thousands of individuals over the course of his/her career. Also refer to the Educator Preparation section of the Catalog.

The Physical Education and Athletic Coaching program, leading to a K-12 Tennessee teaching licensure, provides a teacher with the fundamental understanding of the development and analysis of motor behavior, science of movement and the human body, and the art of teaching individuals for a physically active lifestyle. The Physical Education Teacher Education faculty are committed to providing an outstanding curriculum that students are prepared to teach in the 21st century. Teacher certification provides the opportunity for employment in every community across the nation as well as overseas.

Degree Requirements

Area I - Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring freshmen with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area I - Mathematics - 3-4 hours

Choose one from the following:
MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

and

ED 191Computers in the 21st Century Classroom

1

or

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area II - Social Science and Humanities - 6 hours

Choose two from the following:
ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEOG 200World Regional Geography

3

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

or

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

or

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

or

SOC 223Social Problems

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences - 7-8 hours

Choose two different science disciplines from the following:
ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PS 100Physical Science

4

PHY 201College Physics I

4

PHY 210General Physics I

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Physical Education and Athletic Coaching - 51-53 hours

EXSS 227Safety and First Aid Education

2

EXSS 370/PSY 370Psycho-Socio Aspects of Movement

3

PE 200Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Programs

3

PE 201Fundamentals of Coaching

3

PE 210Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology

2

or

BIO 213Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

PE 212Field and Invasion Games and Sports

2

PE 215Net and Target Games and Sports

2

PE 220Physical Education Activities

3

PE 230Skill Themes and Movement Concepts

2

PE 311Personal and Community Health

3

PE 315Skill and Health Related Physical Fitness Education

2

PE 317Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education and Sports

3

PE 320Motor Learning and Development

2

PE 328Methods of Teaching & Learning Motor Skills

2

PE 343Essentials in Adaptive Physical Education

2

PE 400Health Issues

3

PE 410Curriculum Development in Health and Physical Education

3

PE 424Health and Physical Education in the Classroom

3

PE 434Health & Physical Education in Elementary Schools

3

PE 435Health & Physical Education in Middle & High Schools

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses.

Professional Education - 30-31 hours

Students with CIS 170 or equivalent should take ED 191.
ED 191Computers in the 21st Century Classroom

1

ED 201Education as a Profession

3

ED 230/PSY 230Exceptional and Culturally Diverse Students

3

ED 300Instructional Assistance I

1

ED 301Instructional Strategies

3

ED 340Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

3

ED 400Instructional Assistance II

2

ED 432Classroom Management

3

ED 435Enhanced Student Teaching

9

ED 436Student Teaching Seminar

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ALL courses. Exception: Students must make a "B" or higher in ED 301. ED 432 and ED 433 must be taken the semester prior to student teaching and require full admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Total GEC credit requirements (40-45 hours)
Physical Education and Athletic Coaching Requirements (51-53 hours)
Professional Education requirements (30 hours)

121 minimum hours required for graduation.

All students must complete a comprehensive examination before he or she may receive a degree. The exam deals with only Physical Education and Athletic Coaching course work (courses with a PE prefix). This exam is multiple choice, and grading is pass or fail. The results will be used as data collection for the program outcomes.

Licensure: Candidates for a Tennessee teaching license must pass the state-required exams to be qualified for a license. Exam requirement periodically change. Candidates must consult the Tennessee Department of Education and Educational Testing Services website for a list of current licensure exams. Teacher licensure candidates are responsible for taking and passing the correct licensure examinations at specific times in the program of study as is detailed in the online Teacher Education Handbook.