Physical Education, B.S. - Concentration: preK-12 Teacher Certification and School Health Education MS Accelerated Pathway

Health and Movement Sciences |View/Print PDF

The B.S. in Physical Education (Concentration: PreK-12 Teacher Certification and School Health Education MS Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor's degree and the M.S. in School Health Education (Accelerated Pathway Concentration) in five years at Southern Connecticut State University. This program has a separate admissions process and eligible students are encouraged to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall 3.0 GPA required
120 credits required

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This program has a separate admission process.  An overall GPA of 2.7 is required to be admitted to the B.S. Physical Education PreK-12 Teacher Certification program.  Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than the spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission.

LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 – Critical Thinking (select one):
ANT 100 – Interpreting Cultures
ART 106 – Critical Thinking in the Visual Arts
ECO 110 - Social Issues and Economic Thinking
ENG 125 - Reading Sexism and Homophobia Critically
ENV 101 – Critical Thinking: Global Environmental Issues
GEO 105 – Food Systems: A Geography
HIS 150 – Critical Thinking through Historical Biography
PHI 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHY 111 – Physics for Today
PHY 123 – Critical Thinking and Science for Future Leaders
PSC 150 – Thinking about Politics
SOC 102 – Exploring Social Issues

Tier 1 – Technical Fluency (select one):
GEO 110 – Geography and Conflict: Ethnicity, Race, and Economy in the US
GEO 170 - Basic Drone Technology
MUS 117 - Introduction to Music Technology
PHY 103 – Physics and Technology for Health Professionals
PHY 120 – Physics for Tomorrow: Nanotechnology
WLL 108 - Technology and Language Learning

Tier 2 – American Experience (select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 - Creative Drive:
HMS 293 - Movement Foundations (‘B-‘ or better)

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment:
BIO 200 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 - Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus
EDU 200 -  Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 - Capstone
HMS 442 -  Practicum Seminar in Physical Education

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

80 Credits Required

Physical Education Requirements
51 Credits Required

HMS 131 – Teaching Aquatics ('B-' or better)
HMS 191 – Introduction to Teaching Physical Education (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 282 – Anatomy and Physiology II (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 291 – Exploring the Teaching of Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 292 – Instructional Strategies for Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 293 - Movement Foundations (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 313  Teaching Skill Themes and Movement Concepts ('B-' or better)
HMS 314  Teaching Individual Performance Activities ('B-' or better)
HMS 315  Teaching Outdoor Pursuits and Adventure Education in PE (' B-' or better)
HMS 316  Physical Activity Promotion and Advocacy ('B-' or better) 
HMS 350 – Teaching Physical Fitness K-12 (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 352 – Skill and Strategy of Target, Striking/Fielding, Net/Wall Games (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 383 – Biomechanics (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 384 – Exercise Physiology (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 394 – Physical Education (Elementary School) (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 400 – Skill and Strategy of Invasion Games (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 442 - Practicum Seminar in Physical Education
HMS 480 – Motor Learning and Development (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 483 – Adapted Physical Education (‘B-‘ or better)
HMS 485 – Measurement and Statistics in Exercise Science (‘C-‘ or better)
HMS 495 – Physical Education (Secondary) (‘B-‘ or better)

Physical Education preK-12 Education Requirements
20 Credits Required

EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators ('C' or better)
EDU 471 - Supporting English Learners for School Success  'C' or better) (formerly IDS 471) 
RDG 470 - Literacy in the Content Areas ('C' or better) (formerly IDS 470)
SED 481 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Elementary Education Classroom ('C' or better)
     or SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom ('C' or better)
HMS 452 - Elementary Physical Education Student Teaching 
HMS 453 - Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching

Non-Course Requirements:
Module 1: Behavioral Difficulties (Social and Emotional Development)
Module 2: Dyslexia Required

School Health Education MS Accelerated Pathway
9 Credits Required

SHE 508 - Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Health ('B' or better)
SHE 558 - Group Process in School Health ('B' or better)
EDU 592 - Research in Education ('B' or better)

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

19 Credits Required

BIO 200 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better)
HIS 110
 or HIS 111 – United States History I or II
SHE 203 – School Health

Critical Thinking (select one):
ANT 100 – Interpreting Cultures
ART 106 – Critical Thinking in the Visual Arts
ECO 110 - Social Issues and Economic Thinking
ENG 125 - Reading Sexism and Homophobia Critically
ENV 101 – Critical Thinking: Global Environmental Issues
GEO 105 – Food Systems: A Geography
HIS 150 – Critical Thinking through Historical Biography
PHI 100 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHY 111 – Physics for Today
PHY 123 – Critical Thinking and Science for Future Leaders
PSC 150 – Thinking about Politics
SOC 102 – Exploring Social Issues

Technical Fluency (select one):
GEO 110 – Geography and Conflict: Ethnicity, Race, and Economy in the US
GEO 170 - Basic Drone Technology
MUS 117 - Introduction to Music Technology
PHY 103 – Physics and Technology for Health Professionals
PHY 120 – Physics for Tomorrow: Nanotechnology
WLL 108 - Technology and Language Learning

FREE ELECTIVES

Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).