Health and Physical Education – Mission & Program Outcomes
The Bachelor of Science major in Health and Physical Education (HPE) prepares the candidate to become a health and physical educator in a traditional school setting. Candidates learn how to plan, implement, and assess the P-12 curriculum for Health and Physical Education. Specifically, HPE candidates are prepared to teach individuals or groups of students a variety of physical activities (fitness, gymnastics, rhythms and dance, sports and game skills) as well as healthy lifestyle behavior habits.
The HPE Program is designed to demonstrate specific performance outcomes that lead to meeting the following standards/outcomes: 1) Conceptual Framework/Teacher Education Program Standards; 2) NASPE/NCATE Standards (SPA); 3) Health & Physical Education (HPE) Program Outcomes; and 4) Georgia PSC Standards.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in HPE is to prepare candidates to become highly qualified teachers who connect theory with practice, engage in action research to improve teacher effectiveness, and utilize technology to enhance the teaching/learning environment. The HPE Program embraces public school partnerships to provide candidates with meaningful field experiences.
1: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge
From the junior year through completion of the BS in Health & Physical Education, teacher candidates will identify and apply discipline-specific content knowledge in Health and Physical Education. Content knowledge components include the following: Mental and Emotional Health/Professional Issues; Personal Health and Wellness, Sexual Health, and Nutrition; Safety and Injury Prevention, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Basic Sciences of Physical Education; Motor Learning and Motor Development; Sports, Activities, and Fitness; as well as Instructional Principles and Professionalism in Physical Education.
2: Skill and Fitness Based Competence
From the junior year through completion of the BS in Health & Physical Education, teacher candidates will plan using appropriate learning standards, effective strategies, and knowledge of learner development to address the needs of all students.
3: Planning and Implementation
From the junior year through completion of the BS in Health & Physical Education, teacher candidates will implement planned instruction, assess student learning, and create a safe learning environment to meet the needs of diverse learners.
4: Instructional Delivery and Management
From the junior year through completion of the BS in Health & Physical Education, teacher candidates will apply professional skills and dispositions required for initial teacher certification in P-12 learning environments.
5: Impact on Student Learning
From the junior year through completion of the HPE program, teacher candidates will be physically literate (identify knowledge of fitness, rules, strategies, and teaching cues) individuals who can perform sports skills in physical education content areas and health-enhancing levels of fitness. (SPA Standard #2 – NASPE)
Last updated: 6/6/2022