Department of Health & Physical Education

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Physical Education Degree Requirements

Major: Physical Education (B.S.)
Special Subject Certification for Grades PreK-12


The BS degree with a major in Physical Education is designed for students who have a love of physical education and a special interest in working in sport and exercise activities. The program of studies provides excellent preparation for careers in public school physical education programs and other related agencies such as YMCAs, YWCAs, boys' and girls' clubs, and city or country public and private recreation programs and clubs.

The courses in this program emphasize studies in exercise science, instructional philosophy, and pedagogical analysis and techniques. The hallmark of this distinctive program is extensive clinical field experiences in public schools and professional agencies. For the teaching certification program, in addition to the senior year student teaching course, students are involved in at least two off-campus practicum/seminar courses taught by physical educators currently teaching in area public schools.

Professional Development Point System

Students majoring in Physical Education or Sport Leisure Management are required to accumulate ten (10) Professional Development Points each semester before registering for certain upper division practicum courses.

Cross Endorsement in Health

Students who receive Connecticut Teaching Certification in Physical Education are encouraged to seek a "cross endorsement" in health education. Student must complete thirty (30) credits of course work specifically addressing health related topics, and pass the State of Connecticut Health Education Exam (Praxis II). See department brochure for particulars.

Grade Requirement

The grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all Physical Education major and minor courses.


Students pursuing a Connecticut Initial Educator Certificate in physical education must be formally admitted to the certification program by CARE (Committee on Admission and Retention in Education). This committee of faculty members from the Education and Health and Physical Education Departments is responsible for the admission process and also monitors student progress after admission. Students must have a grade point average of 2.7 and a passing score on all 3 components of PRAXIS I at the time of application to CARE. Students should apply to CARE in their fourth semester of study.

Physical Education Major:
BS Degree Requirements

Core Courses
Subject Course Title Credits
HPE 075 Community First Aid Card 0
HPE 210 Personal Health 3
HPE 230 Introduction to Physical Education 3
HPE 240 Introduction to PE Curriculum Materials 3
HPE 315 Adaptive Physical Education 3
HPE 328 Applied Anatomy and Physiology 3
HPE 329 The Physiological Basis of Movement 3
HPE 335 Technology and Assessment in Physical Education 3
HPE 401 Motor Development 3
HPE 411 Sports in American Society 3
HPE 413 Physiology of Exercise 3
Pedagogy and Activities
HPE 361 Individual Activities and Games 3
HPE 362 Team Activities and Games 3
HPE 363 Elementary School Activities and Games 3
HPE 368 Educational Dance and Gymnastics 3
Connecticut State Certification Requirements for Teacher Certification Major Only
These courses satisfy Connecticut State Requirements for the Initial Educator Certificate. 3
HPE 441 Teaching, Organization and Administration of Elementary School Physical Education 3
HPE 445 Teaching, Organization and Administration of Secondary School Physical Education 3
EDU 200 Child and Adolescent Development and Exceptionalities 3
EDU 210 Foundations of U.S. Education 3
HPE 475 Student Teaching 3
HPE 476 Physical Education Student Teaching Seminar 3
HIS *** U.S. or American History 3
ENG *** English above English 100 3
Total Credits 72
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