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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

K-12 Physical Education Major

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Successful completion of this course of study leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, and qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Secondary Provisional Certificate K-12 endorsement in physical education, certification code MB and, depending on the minor selected, an additional endorsement. This program of study meets all requirements of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education/American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) covering this field is #044, “Physical Education,” and is taken at the completion of all program requirements.

Students planning admission to the Physical Education major must officially enroll in the program at the Academic Advising Center and complete an application at 318/319 Porter.

Students seeking certification must meet requirements for entry into the Initial Teacher Preparation Program. The course of study requires completion of general education requirements, an approved teaching minor in a secondary subject area, the Physical Education major and professional education courses.

The course of study is uniquely designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of how to deliver physical education programming to K-12 students with and without disabilities. The Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum (EPEC) is used as a model to enable students to develop exemplary physical education programs upon graduation. The methods of teaching courses provide information on the sequencing and presenting of a wide variety of activities found within the public schools.

Fieldwork experiences are a critical component of the professional program. Extracurricular assignments enhance the practical application of knowledge learned within the classroom. Majors are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of prestudent teaching experiences with students of all ages and abilities. Fieldwork experiences will begin in the freshman year, will include students with and without disabilities and will culminate in a one semester student teaching assignment with elementary and secondary students under the supervision of master teachers.

This program primarily serves the needs of K-12 school programs in Michigan and the United States. Faculty provide students with numerous opportunities for professional growth. Opportunities for additional certifications and endorsements such as water safety instructor (WSI), American Red Cross First Aid, coaching and certification in programs for students with disabilities are also available and strongly encouraged.

The Physical Education major program participates in the Honors College. Students wishing to enroll in the Honors Program must maintain a GPA of 3.3 and fulfill all requirements in specific honor courses. See the department honors adviser for specific information.

Physical Education Majors/Minors Academic Standards

Standard I
The following core physical education courses shall be completed by Physical Education majors prior to admission into the Initial Teacher Preparation Program in addition to other requirements currently in place.

PHED 100 - History and Foundations of Physical Education  (2 hrs)
PHED 200 - Anatomy and Physiology  (5 hrs)
PHED 204 - Kinesiology (Biomechanics of Physical Activity)  (3 hrs)
PHED 260 - Motor Development  (2 hrs)

Standard II
The following GPA requirements for Physical Education majors are required prior to being admitted to the student teaching experience.

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the following core courses with no single grade lower than a C. (Initial Teacher Preparation Program overall GPA requirements remain in effect).

PHED 100 - History and Foundations of Physical Education  (2 hrs)
HLED 210 - Standard American Red Cross First Aid  (2 hrs)
PHED 200 - Anatomy and Physiology  (5 hrs)
PHED 204 - Kinesiology (Biomechanics of Physical Activity)  (3 hrs)
PHED 260 - Motor Development  (2 hrs)
PHED 300 - Physiology of Exercise  (4 hrs)
PHED 330 - Adapted Physical Education  (3 hrs)
PHED 360 - Motor Learning  (3 hrs)


Minimum grade of B in the following Methods of Teaching courses.

PHED 215 - Methods of Teaching Individual Sports  (3 hrs)
PHED 217 - Methods of Teaching Team Sports  (3 hrs)
PHED 219 - Methods of Teaching Rhythmic Activities, Fundamental Movement and Movement Education  (3 hrs)
PHED 315 - Methods of Teaching Conditioning Activities  (2 hrs)
PHED 317 - Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education  (2 hrs)

Standard III
The following GPA requirements and minimum grade standard are required for the completion of the physical education minor and the physical education minor for special education majors.

  • Overall cumulative GPA as required by the Initial Teacher Preparation Program.

  • No single grade lower than C in any required class and GPA of 2.75 in minor courses.


last updated: 12/22/2010

School of Health Promotion and Human Performance Information:

School Director: Christine Karshin
School Contact:
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Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Advisor Information:

Program Advisor: Laura Sweet
Phone Number: 487-0090

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Professional Education Courses: 30 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program requires a minor. Please contact your program adviser for a list of possible minors.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

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