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About the Physical Education Program

Program Objectives

  1. Articulate basic physical education knowledge, central physical education concepts, and pedagogical practices within the field of physical education. Articulate basic health knowledge, central health concepts, health tools of inquiry, and pedagogical practices within the field of health education.
  2. Develop a professional philosophy consistent with current National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and state physical education standards, developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional design, assessment, and professional development. Develop a professional philosophy consistent with current research findings and best practices in health education, curriculum and instructional design, assessment and professional development.
  3. Identify the role, function, and responsibility of a physical education teacher and physical education program coordinator as part of the K-12 physical education program. Identify the role, function, and responsibility of a health education teacher and health education program coordinator as part of the comprehensive school health program.
  4. Assess informally student physical education and health education needs based on a student's prior physical education experiences, physical fitness level, interests and needs in order to implement quality physical education instruction. Assess informally student health needs based on a student's prior knowledge, interests and needs in order to implement quality health instruction.
  5. Identify and articulate the concepts and skills contained in the current state and NASPE physical education standards in the development of curriculum and instruction. Identify and articulate current state and national health standards in the development of curriculum and instruction. Identify and articulate the concepts and skills contained in the current state and national health standards in the development of curriculum and instruction.
  6. Design and deliver developmentally appropriate instructional programs based on stated goals and objectives contained in the current state and NASPE standards. Design and deliver developmentally appropriate instructional programs based on stated goals and objectives contained in the current state and national health standards, assessment data, utilizing the CDC guidelines for effective school health programs as the major health content organizer.
  7. Analyze and articulate the social, cultural, economic and political factors that affect physical education engagement, home-school relations, and classroom strategies in physical and health education.
  8. Evaluate commercial physical education programs as well as state, national, and international resources utilizing research-based principles in physical education curriculum, instruction and assessment. Critically evaluate developmentally appropriate commercial health education programs as well as state, national, and international resources utilizing research-based and best practices principles in health education curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  9. Implement effective developmentally appropriate instructional approaches including the use of media and technology, multiple intelligences, differentiated instruction and brain based learning that will create learning experiences that will meet the diverse needs of pupils, the community and curricular goals.
  10. Apply formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.
  11. Reflect and evaluate the impact of his or her instructional capacity on others (e.g. learners, parents/guardians, and other professionals) as well as his/her class room management skills and seek opportunities to grow professionally (i.e.< Wisconsin Family and Consumer Educators, and Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance).

Curriculum

  • The major is designed for students who wish to acquire the diverse competencies needed to teach physical education in grades K-12.
  • Students learn about culturally sensitive, constructivist, multicultural, critically reflective, integrated and inclusionary approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Students begin courses in the major in the freshman year.
  • The program can be completed in 4 1/2 years.ars.

Field Experience

  • Students have extensive opportunities for field experiences in local schools.
  • Field experiences can occur in a variety of settings, including large and small schools, public and private schools, and rural, suburban and urban schools.
  • Two field experiences are required prior to student teaching.

Special Features

  • Students have a guaranteed student teaching placement, provided satisfactory academic progression.
  • Wisconsin education licenses are easily transferable to other states.
  • School administrators in Wisconsin and other states are familiar with the quality of Carroll's programs and seek out Carroll graduates.
  • Students receive personalized advising by a faculty member.
  • Excellent facilities include a biomechanics lab, exercise physiology lab, wellness center, strength room, cardiac exercise room, gymnasium and swimming pool.
  • A master's program in education with an emphasis in health education is available.
  • Carroll's location ensures numerous social, cultural, internship and career networking opportunities.
  • Small class sizes allow for close contact between students and professors.
  • Students have access to the Walter Young Center for career counseling, help with resume writing and interviewing skills and graduate school information.
  • The teacher education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
 
 
 
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