Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
The Rhode Island College Physical Education Teacher Preparation program provides high-quality learning experiences from a nationally accredited institution. The Department of Health and Physical Education (HPE) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education along with the option of a coaching minor. The department also provides students the opportunity to earn all courses and competencies towards a Certification in Adapted Physical Education in the State of Rhode Island.
Best practices, scientifically based approaches, experiential learning, and community engagement are integrated in all courses and programs of study. A graduate of this program will be able to:
- Teach diverse students
- Plan, implement and assess skills-based physical education
- Collaborate with professionals in the field to experience best practice
- Advocate for physical education
- Reflect on lessons and learn strategies to make teaching better
- Be a leader in the field of physical education
The Health and Physical Education Department at Rhode Island College also offers two non-teacher certification options for individuals interested in wellness and fitness but who will seek employment outside of the K-12 school setting. For more information on our Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health and Wellness, with a concentration in either Wellness and Movement Studies or Recreation and Leisure Studies please click here to bring you to the appropriate website.
- Consult the Feinstein School of Education website for general requirements.
- Program specific requirements are PED 140 with a minimum grade of B- and PED 243 with a minimum grade of B-.
- A minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 each semester.
- A minimum grade of B- in Physical Education 302, 413, and 414; and a recommendation to continue from the instructors of each course.
- There is a minimum grade requirement for all other required, professional and cognate courses. Please check with your advisor for more information.
- Completion of the Professional Service Retention Requirement prior to enrolling in Physical Education 426.
|Course No.||Course Title||Credits|
|HED 102||Personal Health||3|
|PED 140||Introduction to Movement Sciences||3|
|PED 206||Fundamental Movement and Its Analysis||3|
|PED 243||Foundations of Movement||3|
|PED 301||Principles of Teaching Activity||3|
|PED 409||Adapted Physical Education||3|
|PED 410||Evaluation and Measurement in Physical Education||3|
|PED 412||Organization and Administration of Physical Education Programs: Prekindergarten through Grade Twelve||3|
|PED 420||Physiology Aspects of Exercise||3|
|PED 207||Motor Skill Development for Lifetime Wellness I||3|
|PED 208||Motor Skill Development for Lifetime Wellness II||3|
|PED 247||Rhythmic Movement||3|
|PED 323||Teaching In Adventure Education||3|
|Note: Students must also demonstrate basic-level competency in aquatics by providing evidence of satisfactory completion of an entry-level or higher swimming course or its equivalent prior to student teaching. Materials explaining ways to fulfill this requirement are available in the Department of Health and Physical Education.|
|Note: Students must present current certification in basic first aid and adult-child-infant CPR and AED in order to student teach.|
|CEP 315||Educational Psychology||3|
|FNED 346||Schooling in a Democratic Society||4|
|PED 302||Practicum in Team Activities||3|
|PED 413||Practicum in Creative Movement and Dance||3|
|PED 414||Practicum in Individual and Dual Activities||3|
|PED 426||Student Teaching in Physical Education||10|
|PED 428||Student Teaching Seminar in Health and Physical Education||2|
|BIOL 108||Basic Principles of Biology (*)||4|
|BIOL 231||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 335||Human Physiology (**)||4|
|SPED 300||Introduction to the Characteristics and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities||4|
|* Fulfills the Natural Science category of General Education.|
|** Fulfills the Advanced Quantitative/Scientific Reasoning category of General Education|
Total Credit Hours
Specialization in Adapted Physical Education
Students who anticipate working with special populations must meet the following additional requirements in order to qualify to take the Specialization in Adapted Physical Education Course:
- Maintain a minimum grade of B in each of the following courses: PED 302, 409, 413, 414, 415; and SPED 300/433.
- A minimum of three full weeks of documented hands on experience with K–12 schoolchildren in an adapted physical education setting under the supervision of a certified Adapted Physical Educator in the state of RI. Speciἀc requirements to earn an adapted Physical Education Certificate in the state of RI are met during this course.
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