Physical Education prepares graduates for teaching and coaching. However, at Husson University, with its strong business and health programs, intercollegiate sports and wellness activities, graduates are exposed to a wide array of entrepreneurial and health services, as well as leadership career opportunities.
Program Outline for Physical Education
The program outline indicates the types of courses you need to take in Physical Education. While some required courses in the first two years are liberal art courses, freshmen take foundation courses and begin work in the schools. Starting from your third year, you will continue taking the professional educational courses, the physical education core courses, and the academic content electives. Your final semester involves student teaching, one of five of your experiential learning requirements, and the seminar in teaching during which students develop an exit portfolio based on the cumulative experiences you have had to indicate your accomplishment in the program.
Program Experiences in Physical Education
The program experiences in the Physical Education Program include five areas:
- 1. Liberal Arts: General Education courses
A strong liberal arts experience is essential to the success of being an effective educator. Liberal arts courses include experiences in English, mathematics, sciences, history, psychology, sociology, ethics, and literature. These are the foundation of a well rounded professional physical education teacher.
- 2. Professional Educational courses
Professional educational courses prepare teachers to be conversant with the philosophy of education, educational processes, standards, and technology as defined by the State of Maine Learning Results for 21st century educators. Courses in these areas include philosophical foundations of education, learning theory and classroom management, assessment, curriculum and evaluation, and seminar in teaching.
- 3. Physical Education Core Courses
There are a number of science courses, physical education courses, as well as methods courses in the program. They are designed to prepare students to teach health, fitness and physical education. Teaching skills, methods of curriculum, instruction, evaluation, and techniques for adaptive Physical Education programs from K-12 are also emphasized.
- 4. Academic Content Electives
The physical education program at Husson University prepares students for K-12 certification and corresponds to the junior high or middle school curricula. Students are required to take 18 additional semester hours in selective concentration from English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for added background in one area of study.
- 5. Clinical Experiences, Practicum, and Student Teaching
There is one non-credited clinical observation experience, three one-credit-hour practicum fieldwork experiences, and a fifteen-credit-hour student teaching experience.
For more information on Clinical, Practicum, and Student Teaching experiences, please see Hands-On Learning or click here.