Physical Education PK-12, B.S. - School Health Education

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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.

The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:

This is an educator preparation program in the State of Connecticut with additional admission requirements (see Admissions>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs). Candidates recommended for certification must also meet any additional Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements (see Degree Requirements>>Teacher/Educator Preparation Programs) in effect on the date CSDE receives the certification application.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements.  To review more detailed information regarding these requirements, please visit Degree Requirements >>General Education (LEP) Requirements. Courses in the major and/or cognate may also be used to satisfy LEP requirements where noted below (*).


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

Physical Education Requirements (51 Credits)
HMS 131 – Teaching Aquatics ('B-' or better)
HMS 191 – Introduction to Teaching Physical Education (‘B-'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) (T2CD)
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 (T2TP)
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)

Education Requirements (20 Credits)
EDU 316 – Child Development and Psychology for Educators ('C' or better)
EDU 471 - Supporting English Learners for School Success  'C' or better) 
RDG 470 - Literacy in the Content Areas ('C' or better) 
SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities ('C' or better)
HMS 452 - Elementary Physical Education Student Teaching 
HMS 453 - Secondary Physical Education Student Teaching

School Health Education Concentration (9 Credits)
Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete the School Health Education concentration. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

SHE 508 –  Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Health ('B' or better)
SHE 558 –  Group Process in School Health ('B' or better)
EDU 581 –  Research in Education ('B' or better) or SHE 554 –  Research Techniques ('B' or better)


BIO 200 –  Human Anatomy and Physiology I (T2LE)
EDU 200 –  Teachers, Schools, and Society (‘C’ or better) (T2CC)
HIS 110- United States History from 1877 to present (T2AE) OR
    HIS 111 – United States History to 1877 (T2AE)
SHE 203 – School Health (T2MB)
3 Credits in English for State Certification:
    – ENG 112 or 120 (T1WC), or ENG 217 (T2CE), or ENG 219 (T2TP)
9 Credits in General Education Subjects for State Certification:
    – GEO 110, 170, MUS 117, PHY 103, 120, or WLL 108 (T1TF), and/or
      LAT, LIT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POR, PSC, PSY, RUS, SOC, SPA THR (select from any T1MC,
      T1QR, or T2 Explorations area).