Physical Education/Health Education (BS)

Co-Chairs: Marya Grande, Ph.D. & Kelly Harper, Ph.D.
Director: Clancy M. Seymour, Ed.D.

Introduction

The Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (P/HETE) program strives to develop a well-rounded professional 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 and/or related professional fields including further graduate.

Candidates enjoy a continuous and extensive program of clinical and laboratory experiences at the college and through collaborations with professional development schools which provide opportunities for in-school observations, micro-teaching, tutoring, and large-group instruction. These experiences help to ensure the program remains responsive to the needs of the candidates, students, and the profession. The P/HETE program stresses local school district level connections aligned to both the New York State and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America Physical and Health Education Learning Standards. The teacher certification option culminates with a fourteen-week student teaching experience in the K-12 schools. Each teacher candidate is given the opportunity to experience the privileges and responsibilities of a full-time teacher on both the elementary and secondary levels.

Licensure Disclosure

Canisius College cannot determine whether completion of this program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements outside of New York State for the intended occupation. We advise you to contact your state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for Professional Licensure in the state where you are located or the state in which you intend to pursue licensure. Please contact the associate dean of your school if you have further questions.

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

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. This decision may be based on career goals, planned graduate studies, and/or other student interests. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement.  In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the Major/Minor Declaration form. This form will be submitted electronically and reviewed and approved by each department chairperson as well as the appropriate associate dean. 

Per college policy, each additional major requires a minimum of 15 credits that do not apply to the student's first or subsequent major.  Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in other cases additional course work may be required. Please note that students will receive only one degree, regardless of the number of majors they complete. Both (all) majors appear on a student’s transcript.

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. To receive a minor, the student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their other credentials (i.e., majors, other minors). The complete list of minors is available on the Canisius website and in the catalog 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 a bachelor's degree with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Free electives are courses in addition to the Canisius Core Curriculum or All-College Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum number of credits required for graduation. The number of credits required to complete a bachelor's degree may vary depending on the student's major(s) and minor(s).

Major Requirements

Pedagogical Core
EDU 100Exploring the Teaching Profession3
EDU 123Technology in Education 11
EDU 223Technology in Education 21
EDU 323Technology in Education 31
EDU 250Foundations of Education3
EDU 495Child Abuse Workshop0
EDU 496Prevention of School Violence Workshop0
EDU 497Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop0
PED 441Teaching Methods in Physical Education3
PED 441LTeaching Practicum in Physical Education0
PED 493Student Teaching Physical Education/Health: Childhood and Adolescence12
EDU 498Student Teaching Seminar3
KIN 494Capstone in Kinesiology3
SPE 341Inclusive Strategies3
Physical Education Courses
PED 203Lifetime and Fitness Activities3
PED 204Games and Sports3
PED 207Individual Performance and Dance Activities3
PED 305Outdoor Curriculum and Cooperative Activities3
PED 306Early Field Experience Elementary Physical Education0
PED 307Early Field Experience Secondary Physical Education0
PED 311Movement Education and Elementary Activities3
PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
PED 354Adapted Physical Education3
PED 360Human Growth and Motor Development3
PED 371Assessment in Physical Education3
PED 380Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills3
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 325School Health3
HED 308Early Field Experience Health0
HED 326School Health Curriculum3
KIN 115Basic Nutrition3
KIN 205Wellness and Fitness3
KIN 220Healthy Behaviors3
KIN 235Kinesiology3
KIN 336Physiology of Exercise3
KIN 361Psychology of Sport and Mental Health3
KIN 425Evolution of Disease and Illness3
Total Credits98

Because students are receiving dual certification, they must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours for this major.

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/Teacher Education and Leadership Department Chair

Additional Considerations and Requirements

All P/HETE field experiences (early field, practicum, and student-teaching) are in the local Western New York area and transportation is required.  Out-of-area field experiences must be approved by the Program Director and include an additional fee for each placement. PED 306 and PED 307 require 30 hour field experiences in a K-12 physical education setting, while HED 308 is a 50 hour field experience in health education.  PED 441 Lab must be taken in the last semester before student teaching. Proof of professional association membership and current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications must be provided prior to student-teaching.  P/HETE 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
EDU 100EDU 123
ENG 111ENG 112
PED 204 or 305PED 203 or 207
Field 3 or Field 7KIN 115 or 220
 Field 3 or Field 7
Sophomore
FallSpring
KIN 205 (or Field 4)KIN 235 or EDU 250 (Co-Req EDU 495/ EDU 496)
KIN 235 or EDU 250 (Co-req EDU 495/EDU 496)KIN 205 (or Field 4)
KIN 361PED 203 or 207
PED 204 or 305PED 306 (30hrs Elementary PE)
RST 101 or PHI 101PED 311
KIN 115 or 220SPE 341
 RST 101 or PHI 101
Junior
FallSpring
EDU 223EDU 323
HED 308 (50 hrs Health)HED 325
HED 326PED 307 (30hrs Secondary PE)
PED 351PED 371
KIN 337PED 380
KIN 425Advanced Writing
Field 1 or 2 (Ethics)Field 1 or 2 (Ethics)
Senior
FallSpring
KIN 494PED 493
PED 354EDU 497
PED 360EDU 498
PED 441 
PED 441L (200hrs W/R/F weekly)1 
1

 Valid Professional Membership/LG/FA/CPR/AED

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.

Co-Chairs: Marya Grande, Ph.D. & Kelly Harper, Ph.D.
Director: Clancy M. Seymour, Ed.D.

Coaching Minor

The Coaching Minor is a common minor for many physical education or sport pedagogy 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. Some courses have specific prerequisites, which are stated in the course descriptions.

Curriculum

PED 351Coaching Theory and Techniques3
PED 365Principles and Philosophy of Coaching3
KIN 336Physiology of Exercise3
Select three of the following PED or KIN electives (please consult Coaching Minor Advisor):9
Concepts of Teaching Sport Skills
Basic Nutrition
Emergency Care
Healthy Behaviors
Exercise Principles and Applications
Organization and Administration of Health and Wellness
Psychology of Sport and Mental Health
Strength & Conditioning Applications
Evolution of Disease and Illness
Total Credits18

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.

Courses

HED 308 Early Field Experience Health 0 Credits

The teacher candidate will participate in K-12 school level health education. To successfully complete this experience the candidate will complete a 50 hour placement with an assigned local health educator.

Restriction: permission of program director. This course must be completed at Canisius College.

Offered: every fall & spring.

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.

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 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: every fall.

PED 203 Lifetime and Fitness Activities 3 Credits

A content-focused physical education course that includes an emphasis on sport and fitness being a learning atmosphere for global awareness. While, the course exposes students to many common and unique sports, it also serves to expose students to other cultures that participate in these lifetime activities. Improving or maintaining fitness will be the focus of this class and might include activities like, but not limited to yoga, pilates, resistance training, spinning, running, fitness walking, fitness swimming, water polo, kickboxing, cardio-kick, zumba and exergaming. A 4-5 week unit on aquatics will also be included in this course. The course also provides coinciding opportunities to gain awareness of cultural variations and regional circumstances, through the lens of a particular sport. Students will be required to demonstrate movement competence in various sports and activities.

Fulfills College Core: Global Awareness

Offered: spring of odd-numbered years.

PED 204 Games and Sports 3 Credits

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, it also serves to expose students to other cultures that participate in these activities. This includes the games categories of invasion, net/wall, target and fielding/striking. It also provides coinciding opportunities to gain awareness of cultures, and communities, and societies, through the lens of a particular sport. Students will be required to demonstrate movement competence in various games categories (invasion, net and target, etc.).

Fulfills College Core: Global Awareness

Offered: fall of odd-numbered years.

PED 207 Individual Performance and Dance Activities 3 Credits

Students will learn appropriate organization and teaching progressions for various forms of individual-performance and dance activities taught in the P-12 curricula. Might include, but are not limited to gymnastics, figure skating, track and field, multi-sport events, in-line skating, wrestling, self-defense and skateboarding. Dance or rhythms activities that may focus on, but not limited to dance forms such as creative movement and dance, ballet, modern, ethnic/folk, hip hop, Latin, line, ballroom, social and square.

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 306 Early Field Experience Elementary Physical Education 0 Credits

The teacher candidate will participate in K-6 elementary physical education. To successfully complete this experience the candidate will complete a 30 hour placement with an assigned local physical educator.

Restriction: permission of program director. This course must be completed at Canisius College.

Offered: every fall & spring.

PED 307 Early Field Experience Secondary Physical Education 0 Credits

The teacher candidate will participate in 7-12 secondary physical education. To successfully complete this experience the candidate will complete a 30 hour placement with an assigned local physical educator.

Restriction: permission of program director. This course must be completed at Canisius College.

Offered: fall & spring.

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 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. This course must be completed at Canisius College.

Prerequisites: HED 308, PED 306, and PED 307. Restriction: permission of program director.

Offered: every fall & spring.

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

Two seven-week, full-time student teaching experiences with one placement in an elementary school (Grades 1-6) and the other placement 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 2.7 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.