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Physical Education

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Physical Education Program Curriculum

The curriculum 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 have their first experience in a school. The professional educational courses, physical education core courses, electives and field experiences Upon completion of all other coursework and requirements, the final semester has fifteen-credit Student Teaching/Seminar in Student Teaching. This course is the culminating experience of the program and consist of a sixteen-week student teaching field experience and a weekly capstone seminar in teaching.

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. 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.