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Teacher Education (PETE)

Teacher Education (PETE)2018-08-29T14:17:42+00:00

Students wishing to teach physical education in the PreK-12 grade setting will need to be certified through DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) in Missouri. Through this program, you will develop knowledge in areas of promoting skills in all three learning domains (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) and planning and implementation of instruction.

More Opportunities to Interact with Students
The Missouri Western PETE program is unique due to the amount of time the teacher-candidate will interact with the students in a classroom environment. Teacher-Candidates will teach all levels of instruction (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle school, High School and Adapted Physical Education) to students of that category. The opportunity of teaching of real aged students allows for better practicing, feedback and reflection on their actual teaching skills.

Licensure and Employment
Students who graduate with this degree will take a licensure exam. This exam will allow for certification in PreK-12 Physical Education in Missouri. We currently have students teaching physical education at all levels throughout this state and others, as well as in Adapted Physical Education, Special Education and as Para pros. We also have students who have been licensed in areas outside of Physical Education.

Partnerships
Missouri Western and the PETE program have many wonderful connections. We work specifically with the elementary and middle schools in St. Joseph School District and surrounding areas, as well as with the homeschool parents in the area. Additionally, our connection with Helen Davis Academy and United Cerebral palsy allow us to interact with and teach students with disabilities.

  • Complete all requirements of the program with a grade of C or better in all classes
  • Pass Physical Education MoCA
  • Successfully complete a student-teacher interview (as part of the PED 420 class)
  • ACT on file
  • Complete EDU 202 and 203 with a C or better
  • Complete the MEP assessment
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher AND a content GPA (PETE and EDU) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Pass all sections of the MoGEA (Math, Science/Social Studies, English Language Arts and Writing)

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Physical Education (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
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Core Requirements
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
PED 191Foundations of Physical Education3
PED 303Kinesiology3
PED 304Physiology of Exercise3
PED 305First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
or PED 306 Sport Safety Training
PED 352Fitness and Sports Nutrition3
PED 385Athletic Training3
PED 393Measurement in Physical Education3
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:27-63
Health and Exercise Science
Personal and Commercial Fitness
General
Teacher Education

Concentrations:
Health and Exercise Science
Personal and Commercial Fitness
General 
Teacher Education

Health and Exercise Science Concentration

Students with a concentration in Health/Exercise Science are prepared for careers as exercise specialists in clinical, industrial, and commercial settings. A degree in Health/Exercise Science also prepares students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in sports medicine and for careers within clinical settings (e.g. physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, chiropractic, cardiac rehabilitation, and others). Students should be aware that they may need to complete additional coursework to meet admission requirements for advanced degree programs.  Graduating students are strongly encouraged to obtain the following certification(s):

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist or higher
Concentration Requirements
PED 317Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning3
PED 327Exercise Prescription for Special Populations3
PED 400Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
PED 373Psychology of Exercise3
or PED 374 Psychology of Sport
PED 401Graded Exercise Testing3
PED 430Field Experience in Health and Exercise Science9
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2
or PED 481 Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum
Select a minimum of twelve credit hours from the following:12
Principles of Aerobic Training
Medical Terminology
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis
Psychology of Exercise 1
Psychology of Sport
Research in Health and Exercise Science
Applied Techniques in Personal Training
College Physics I
College Physics II
Total Credit Hours38

Note: Students may not complete both the Health/Exercise Science Concentration and the Personal and Commercial Health Concentration.

Personal and Commercial Fitness Concentration

Students pursuing a Personal and Commercial Fitness Concentration are prepared for a wide variety of careers including personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, corporate wellness, fitness sales, and others. Additionally, the Personal and Commercial Fitness concentration has been designed to be paired with a minor in Recreation/Sport Management, General Business, or Entrepreneurship. Graduating students are strongly encouraged to obtain the following certification(s):

  • NSCA Personal Trainer or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Personal Trainer, ACE Personal Trainer, NASM Personal Trainer
PED 317Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning3
PED 327Exercise Prescription for Special Populations3
PED 373Psychology of Exercise3
or PED 374 Psychology of Sport
PED 401Graded Exercise Testing3
PED 417Applied Techniques in Personal Training3
PED 430Field Experience in Health and Exercise Science9
PED 451Research in Health and Exercise Science3
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2
or PED 481 Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum
RSM 325Law for the Recreation and Sport Practitioner2
Select a minimum of nine credit hours from the following:9
Introductory Financial Accounting
Medical Terminology
Personal Finance
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Professional Selling and Sales Management
Principles of Aerobic Training
Psychology of Exercise 1
Psychology of Sport
Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
Marketing in Recreation and Sport
Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Sport
Total Credit Hours40

Note: Students may not complete both the Health/Exercise Science Concentration and the Personal and Commercial Health Concentration.

General Concentration

Students not wishing to teach are encouraged to select a minor in a related discipline to maximize career opportunities upon graduation. Suggested areas include criminal justice, military science, journalism, or business.

Concentration Requirements
PED 240Methods of Teaching Lifetime Activities for Secondary Physical Education3
PED 241Concepts of Sport Activities3
PED 246Concepts of Dance and Gymnastics3
PED 374Psychology of Sport3
or PED 375 Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 382Elementary School Physical Education3
PED 383Adapted Physical Education3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Development3
PED 420Senior Seminar in Physical Education1
PED 481Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum2
Total Credit Hours27

NOTE: The HPER department may require of their students in major and minor programs of study that are enrolled in certain classes that will be going out for applied learning experiences, internship and/or practicums to obtain at their cost an appropriate professional conduct, background checks, and fingerprinting. This requirement is to be completed before HPER students engage with students, clients and all other participants in their programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Teacher Education Concentration

The Bachelor of Science degree with Teacher Certification leads to certification to teach physical education in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

Concentration Requirements
PED 240Methods of Teaching Lifetime Activities for Secondary Physical Education3
PED 241Concepts of Sport Activities3
PED 246Concepts of Dance and Gymnastics3
PED 374Psychology of Sport3
or PED 375 Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
PED 380Rhythms and Creative Movement for Elementary School3
PED 382Elementary School Physical Education3
PED 383Adapted Physical Education3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Development3
PED 420Senior Seminar in Physical Education1
PED 481Children's Lifetime Sports Academy Practicum2
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36
Total Credit Hours63

NOTE: The HPER department may require of their students in major and minor programs of study that are enrolled in certain classes that will be going out for applied learning experiences, internship and/or practicums to obtain at their cost an appropriate professional conduct, background checks, and fingerprinting. This requirement is to be completed before HPER students engage with students, clients and all other participants in their programs.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Certification in Health Education

Teachers holding valid elementary or secondary teaching certificates may be granted additional certification in health upon successful completion of the Health Education MOCA 041. Listed below are courses recommended to prepare for the MOCA 041. 

ALH 106Medical Terminology2
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
PED 222Human Sexuality3
PED 294Drug Education3
PED 305First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
PED 352Fitness and Sports Nutrition3
PED 370Methods in Teaching Health and Physical Education3
PED 388Community Health2
PED 391Personal and Environmental Health3
PED 392Child Growth and Motor Development3
PED 480Practicum in Physical Education2
PSY 220Health Psychology/Stress Management3

 Contact the Health Physical Education & Recreation department or the Education department for further information.

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department.

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