Physical Education/Health (BS)

Co-Chairs: Nicholas Lorgnier and Shawn O'Rourke
Director: Clancy M. Seymour, Ed.D.

Introduction

The teacher preparation program strives to develop a liberally educated individual who has special knowledge and skills in the areas of movement and sport and their interrelated disciplines. Major emphasis is placed on the development of educational and performance foundations which will prepare an individual to teach in kindergarten through grade 12 or to pursue professional growth through further study and/or graduate work. Additional information is available at the program website.

Candidates enjoy a continuous and extensive program of clinical and laboratory experiences at the college and through our collaboration with our professional development schools which provide opportunities for in-school observations, micro-teaching, tutoring, and large-group instruction. These experiences help to insure that the program remains responsive to the needs of the candidates, students and the profession. This program of instruction incorporates the standards established for physical education and health at the local school district level, the New York State learning standards for health and physical education, the guidelines set forth by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America and the curriculum standards outlined for health education and health certification by the American Association for Health Education (AAHE). The teacher certification option culminates with a fourteen-week student teaching experience in the K-12 schools. Each student teacher is given the opportunity to experience the privileges and responsibilities of a full-time teacher on both the elementary and secondary levels. An individual choosing to graduate without completing student teaching must fulfill this credit requirement in consultation with his or her advisor.

Qualifications

Academic Criteria for Endorsement and Completion of Program:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Grades of C or higher in major courses
  • Satisfactory performance in field placements
  • Satisfactory completion of all program common assignments including submission on TaskStream.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Double Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the appropriate double major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.  Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete.

Minors in other dISCIPLINES

Minors provide students the opportunity to pursue additional interests but generally do not require as many courses as a major.  Minors generally range from five to eight required courses. The minors page provides a complete list of minors and provides links to each minor. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Curriculum

An Ignatian Foundation

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum. Many schools refer to their college-wide undergraduate requirements as "general education" requirements. We believe that the core curriculum and the honors curriculum are more than a series of required classes, they provide the basis for a Jesuit education both with content and with required knowledge and skills attributes that are central to our mission.

Free Electives

Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements

Pedagogical Core
EDU 122Technology in Education3
EDU 250Foundations of Education3
EDU 495Child Abuse Workshop0
EDU 496Prevention of School Violence Workshop0
EDU 497Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop0
EDU 498Student Teaching Seminar3
PED 372Seminar in Kinesiology3
PED 380Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills3
PED 441Teaching Methods in Physical Education3
PED 441LTeaching Practicum in Physical Education0
PED 493Student Teaching Physical Education/Health: Childhood and Adolescence12
SPE 341Inclusive Strategies3
Physical Education Courses
KIN 235Kinesiology3
KIN 494Capstone in Kinesiology3
Select two of the following:6
Net, Target and Fitness Activities
Invasion Games
Dance and Gymnastics
PED 305Outdoor Curriculum and Cooperative Activities3
PED 311Movement Education and Elementary Activities3
PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
PED 354Adapted Physical Education3
PED 355Disability Sports3
PED 360Human Growth and Motor Development3
PED 371Assessment in Physical Education3
Health Education Courses
BIO 114
114L
Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
BIO 115
115L
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
HED 115Basic Nutrition3
HED 205Wellness and Fitness3
HED 220Healthy Behaviors3
HED 321Lifeguard, C.P.R., First Aid, WSI3
HED 325School Health3
HED 326School Health Curriculum3
HED 337Exercise Principles and Applications3
HED 361Psychology of Sport and Mental Health3
HED 425Evolution of Disease and Illness3
Total Credits101

Major Experiences

All students in the physical education/health major must meet and continue to meet the professional standards of the program. No one who jeopardizes the health or well-being of a student, classmate or him or herself will continue as a student in the program. All students must possess the necessary physical attributes and exhibit qualities of good judgment and emotional stability. The physical education/health program reserves the right to limit attire and adornments (such as clothing, jewelry, piercing, tattooing) of the body, hands, face, and oral cavity. The program assessment handbook outlines the enforcement of this policy. In all cases, the final appeal may be made to the Program Director/Department of Kinesiology chair.

Additional Course Considerations

HED 321 requires a special course fee that is related to certification requirements. PED 351 and PED 354 have required service learning hours. PED 441 must be taken in the last semester before student teaching. PED 311 and PED 371 require 30 hour field experiences. Transportation needed. Students must also achieve and maintain personal fitness by passing a physical fitness test. While foreign language is not required for graduation, secondary language proficiency must be demonstrated for New York State licensure. Physical Education majors should consult their advisor for additional course considerations.

Roadmap

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements

Freshman
FallSpring
BIO 114
114L
BIO 115
115L
Select one of the following:Select one of the following:
HED 205 (or Field 7)HED 205 (or Field 7)
FYS 101ENG 101
PED 305 or 204 (Global)PED 203 or 207
Sophomore
FallSpring
Field 3 or 4Field 3 or 4
Select one of the following:PED 311
HED 361 or 337
Select one of the following:
HED 361 or 337
Select one of the following:
SPE 341
RST 101 or PHI 101
 
PED 305 or 204 (Global) 
RST 101 or PHI 101 
Junior
FallSpring
Field 1 or 2 (Ethics)Field 1 or 2 (Ethics)
HED 321HED 325
HED 425PED 371
PED 351PED 372
PED 354PED 355
 PED 380
Senior
FallSpring
HED 326PED 493
PED 360EDU 497
PED 441EDU 498
PED 441L 
KIN 494 

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed in Writing)
Candidates in the Physical Education program will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:

  • Know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of a physically educated person

Learning Goal 2 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed Skills and Dispositions)
Candidates in the Physical Education program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate that they are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness
  • Implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
  • Use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

Learning Goal 3 (SERVICE)
Candidates in the Physical Education program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society. Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Learning Goal 4 (PROFESSIONALISM)
Candidates will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Learning Goal 5 (LEADERSHIP)
Candidates will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Minor

Coaching Minor

The Coaching Minor is a common minor for many physical education students. The courses in the minor can be attached to any major. Completion of the minor often leads to graduate work at the master’s degree level in Coaching Science. The courses can also lead to NY State certification. The minor focuses upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership styles, organization and management, ethics and values clarification, goal setting, communication, career objectives, coaching burn-out and sport psychology. The overriding theme examines the interpersonal strategies leading to a productive coach-athlete relationship. The minor provides students with preparation Kinesiology courses that have specific pre-requisites, which are stated in the course descriptions.

Coaching Minor Courses

PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
PED 365Principles and Philosophy of Coaching3
HED 205Wellness and Fitness3
or HED 337 Exercise Principles and Applications
HED 115Basic Nutrition3
HED 321Lifeguard, C.P.R., First Aid, WSI3
or KIN 170 Emergency Care
PED 380Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills3
Total Credits18

Note: Dr. Gregory Reeds serves as the advisor for the coaching minor program in the Department of Kinesiology.

Courses

HED 115 Basic Nutrition 3 Credits

This course will address all aspects of proper nutrition. The class will address material such as macronutrients, micronutrients, daily caloric intake and portion sizes. Students will gain knowledge of nutrition through class lectures, interactive activities and peer presentations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a working knowledge of proper nutrition and appropriate dietary habits.

Offered: fall & spring.

HED 205 Wellness and Fitness 3 Credits

Lecture and laboratory. Skills, teaching methods, resource units, evaluative instruments, teaching aids, leading to an overall understanding of the principles of health and wellness. Focus on physical fitness testing, cardiovascular exercise, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. There is additional focus on special populations, childhood obesity and the development of a personal fitness program.

Offered: fall & spring.

HED 220 Healthy Behaviors 3 Credits

Examines health determinants and the effects on all seven dimensions of health. Assessment of personal lifestyle behaviors and factors influencing current and relevant health issues. Emphasis on personal behavior modification to practice health-enhancing behaviors and to reduce health risks. Guidelines for healthy practices related to nutrition, mental health, cancer prevention, HIV/STDs, cardiovascular disease, stress management, sexuality, physical fitness, drugs and alcohol and relationships. Establishes foundation for living healthy and productive lives.

Offered: fall & spring.

HED 321 Lifeguard, C.P.R., First Aid, WSI 3 Credits

Knowledge, skill techniques and appreciations necessary to meet certification requirements of the American Red Cross. Certification fee required for this course.

Prerequisite: department swimming test and completion of departmental recommendation. Restriction: must be in the undergraduate or graduate must be physical education program.

Offered: fall.

HED 325 School Health 3 Credits

Students explores the most prevalent health and safety issues of schoolaged children and youth and examines rationale for health education, theories, methods, strategies, and techniques of health education program planning. Additionally, students will plan effective comprehensive school health education programs: integration of school and community services. A mandatory 50 participation hours at a local school must be completed for a passing grade in this course.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Offered: spring.

HED 326 School Health Curriculum 3 Credits

Students will practice strategies and methodologies needed for effectively teaching health education. Students will participate in 50 hours of field experience, if they have not already done so, and will analyze experiences as a process to improving instruction. Students will demonstrate their ability to plan for instruction by writing and implementing learning experiences that meet the National Health Education Standards.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Offered: fall.

HED 337 Exercise Principles and Applications 3 Credits

This course will address the many aspects of fitness and exercise. Students will experience classroom lecture as well as practical experience in the weight room and other alternative exercise facilities. Students will gain experience in the proper design of exercise programs and will understand the importance of periodization as it relates to exercise. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have a vast knowledge of the principles surrounding strength and conditioning.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of C in BIO 114 & BIO 114L.

Offered: fall & spring.

HED 361 Psychology of Sport and Mental Health 3 Credits

This course address sport psychology from a sports studies perspective incorporating interdisciplinary knowledge from the social sciences. It is an appropriate approach for many students seeking to understand the psychological processes facing athletes in a competitive environment. Considerable interest surrounds the efforts of sport psychologists to optimize the performance of those characters we call athletes - the sport heroes of our society. Superior athletic performance has long held great intrigue. Tremendous improvements in the identification and measurement of the psychological factors related to athletic performance have resulted in significant improvements in an athlete's ability to produce top level performance on a consistent basis. This course focuses on the application of these psychological principles by athletes, coaches and sport psychology consultants in what has been a quest to produce the ultimate athlete.

Fulfills College Core: Field 5 (Social Sciences)

Offered: fall & spring.

HED 425 Evolution of Disease and Illness 3 Credits

Overview of humanity's triumphs and failures in the ongoing fight against illness and disease. Explores history of disease, current health issues and trends to determine outlook for emerging health concerns of the future. Examines various models of disease to explain disease agents and route of transmission throughout the body's systems. Analysis of disease occurrence, predisposing factors, body's immune response, symptoms, prevention, treatment and control.

Offered: fall & spring.

PED 203 Net, Target and Fitness Activities 3 Credits

Net, Target, and Fitness Games is a content-focused physical education course that includes an emphasis on sport being a learning atmosphere for global awareness. While, the course exposes students to many common and unique sports including, volleyball, pickleball, and self-defense, it also serves to expose students to other cultures that participate in these activities. The course creates an opportunity for students to become competent in net, target and fitness skills. It also provides coinciding opportunities to gain awareness of cultural variations and regional circumstances, through the lens of a particular sport.

Fulfills College Core: Global Awareness

Offered: spring of odd-numbered years.

PED 204 Invasion Games 3 Credits

Invasion Games is a content-focused physical education course that includes an emphasis on sport being a learning atmosphere for global awareness. While, the course exposes students to many common and unique sports including soccer, basketball, and water polo, it also serves to expose students to other cultures that participate in these activities. The course creates an opportunity for students to become competent in strategies required in an 'invasive setting'. It also provides coinciding opportunities to gain awareness of cultures, and communities, and societies, through the lens of a particular sport.

Fulfills College Core: Global Awareness

Offered: fall of odd-numbered years.

PED 207 Dance and Gymnastics 3 Credits

Participation in selected dance and gymnastics forms. Students will learn appropriate organization and teaching progressions for various forms of dance and gymnastics taught in the P-12 curricula.

Restriction: must be in the undergraduate or graduate must be physical education program.

Offered: spring of even-numbered years.

PED 305 Outdoor Curriculum and Cooperative Activities 3 Credits

Philosophy, teaching methods, programming and safety management. Activities may include initiatives, new games, problem solving, trust activities, ropes course, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, cross-country skiing and others.

Offered: fall of even-numbered years.

PED 311 Movement Education and Elementary Activities 3 Credits

Conceptual bases, perceptual-motor development and practical applications of movement education. Development, implementation and integration of a physical education program; teaching strategies geared to the elementary level classroom with emphasis on New York and national learning standards in Physical Education. Field experience required.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Offered: spring.

PED 351 Coaching Theory and Techniques 3 Credits

Coaching is a service activity, which can be experienced as a volunteer, as a paid part-time position or can lead to a full-time profession. The athletes we work with are children and young adults. Many participate at the 'house' league level, while others are involved with more competitive and elite programs. Winning is an important aspect of coaching, however providing a positive athletic experience is essential. Winning may take a secondary role to the development of fundamental skills in many situations. This course focuses upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, ethics and values clarification. The overriding theme examines the interpersonal strategies leading to a productive coach-athlete relationship.

Offered: fall.

PED 354 Adapted Physical Education 3 Credits

Designed to provide students with an exposure to education, physical education, sport and recreational programming for children with disabilities. Content focuses on variety of disabilities eligible for service under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the ability to design, conduct, and assess a physical education program that is appropriate for this population. Service-Learning required.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity

Offered: fall.

PED 355 Disability Sports 3 Credits

Identification of national and international sport and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Paralympics, Special Olympics, and other disability sport movements and sport classifications will be reviewed. Insight into the historical development of disability sports as well as the delivery of sport models in school and community settings will be included.

Fulfills College Core: Diversity

Offered: spring.

PED 360 Human Growth and Motor Development 3 Credits

Examination of principles of growth and developmental theory with an emphasis on factors affecting changes in movement potential of individuals.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Offered: fall.

PED 365 Principles and Philosophy of Coaching 3 Credits

Coaching is a service activity, which can be experienced as a volunteer, as a paid part-time position or can lead to a full-time profession. The athletes we work with are children, young adults and students. Winning is an important aspect of coaching, however providing a positive athletic experience is essential. Winning may take a secondary role to the development of fundamental skills in many situations. This course focuses upon the principles of effective coaching including the role of the coach, practice planning, leadership styles, organization and management, ethics and values clarification, goal setting, communication, career objectives, coaching burn-out and sport psychology. The overriding theme examines the interpersonal strategies leading to a productive coach-athlete relationship.

Restriction: KIN department majors only.

Offered: spring.

PED 371 Assessment in Physical Education 3 Credits

This course will introduce the teacher candidate to assessment and its role in the physical education profession. Topics include fitness testing, integrating physical education assessment tools, and basic statistics. In addition, there will be a focus on the evaluation of the New York State Standards, authentic assessments and SHAPE America guidelines.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major; permission of program director.

Offered: spring.

PED 372 Seminar in Kinesiology 3 Credits

The course requires students to engage in professional writing; students will be taught how to conduct and write about a given topic. All course-content will be research-based, and students will be encouraged to see the connections between the research used throughout the class and the specific topic they are reviewing for the extended writing project.

Restriction: KIN department majors only.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive

Offered: spring.

PED 380 Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to give each student an in depth exposure to and an understanding of the various motor learning principles and factors influencing the acquisition of motor skills. The central focus of the course will be directed to the learning process. Age appropriate activities and instructional guidelines will be examined. This includes the variables related to the learner, the skills to be acquired and the instructional procedures that can be used by the physical educator, coach or exercise specialist.

Restriction: must be physical education or physical and health education major.

Offered: spring.

PED 441 Teaching Methods in Physical Education 3 Credits

Development, implementation and integration of a physical education program; teaching strategies for K-12 physical education with emphasis on New York and national learning standards in Physical Education.

Prerequisite: signature of program director. Restriction: permission of program director.

Fulfills College Core: Oral Communication

Offered: fall.

PED 441L Teaching Practicum in Physical Education 0 Credits

The teacher candidate will train for student teaching at the K-12 school level. To successfully complete this experience the candidate will finish a series of modules designed to bridge the gap between the college classroom and the teaching setting.

Prerequisite: signature of program director. Restriction: permission of program director.

Offered: fall & spring.

PED 493 Student Teaching Physical Education/Health: Childhood and Adolescence 12 Credits

Seven-week student teaching experience in an elementary school, Grades 1-6, and in a high school, Grades 7-12, culminating in preparation for teacher certification. Grade: Pass/Fail. The combination of PED 493, EDU 495, EDU 496, EDU 497, and EDU 498 during the student teaching semester will count as a full semester of three courses, 15 credit hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of all other course requirements and department approval, and minimum GPA of 2.5 in all major courses. Corequisite: EDU 497 & EDU 498. Restriction: permission of program director.

Offered: fall & spring.

PED 499 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Independent study with a Kinesiology faculty member with emphasis on research in Physical Education. Independent studies require an application and approval of the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

Offered: occasionally.