Jun 18, 2019  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

K -12 Physical Education Teacher Education Major

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Revised Program, effective Fall 2014


K-12 Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Admission

Starting in Fall 2014, the Physical Education Program will be initiating an accreditation-related internal application process for all K-12 Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) intent major students. The K-12 PETE admission process will be as follows:

Eligibility to apply:

  1. Students must declare a K-12 PETE intent major and follow advising guidance from the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance intent advisor
  2. In the student’s second fall semester and after the student has completedPHED 100  and PHED 200  with a grade of a C or better, the student will be eligible to apply for admission to the major
  3. The student must also have completed or intend to complete PHED 102 , PHED 204 , PHED 205 , and PHED 260  with a minimum of a C grade by end of the application decision semester (Winter).

Specific application information and format is available form the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance intent advisor and on the Physical Education Program website.

Application Process:

 By Nov. 1 of the year of application, the student must complete and submit an application for admission to the K-12 PETE major. The initial application includes the following components:

  1. Student demographic information
  2. Personal statement of professional goals related to Physical Education teaching
  3. Verification of current 2.5 overall EMU GPA
  4. Advisor verification of all necessary pre-admission coursework

By Dec. 15 of the same year, the student must:

  1. Complete a candidacy interview
  2. Have complete FITNESSGRAM health-related fitness assessment data on file with the Physical Education Program
  3. Have complete fundamental motor competency performance data on file with the Physical Education Program

Applicants will be informed of available dates and times for interviews, FITNESSGRAM fitness assessments, and fundamental motor competency assessments. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he or she is available to complete the required admission assessments after dates are released each school year.

By Feb. 15 of each year, the Physical Education Program will make K-12 PETE major admission decisions. If an admitted student is deficient in one or more of the following categories: (1) motor skill performance, (2) FITNESSGRAM health-related fitness, and/or (3) professional dispositions as they relate to the teaching profession, the student will be required to meet with his or her assigned faculty adviser to create an individual professional development plan (IPDP) to remediate areas of professional weakness. This plan will include personal progress goals, possible student strategies for remediation, a time-line for progress, and how progress will be assessed.

Successful Progress in the K-12 PETE Major:

 If the student fails to do any of the following by Nov. 1 of the final school year of coursework, the student will be dismissed from the major.

  1. Meet progress expectations of an individual remediation of professional weakness plan,
  2. Maintain a minimum of a cumulative 2.5 GPA
  3. Achieve admission into the College of Education Initial Teacher Preparation program
  4. Achieve a minimum grade of B- in every Methods of Teaching course and a minimum grade of C in all other major courses

K-12 PETE Student Teaching Eligibility:

Each K-12 PETE major is responsible for maintaining progress to his or her major and minor plan of study in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Student teaching is the final professional experience in this teacher certification program. Applications to student teach are due to the EMU College of Education by January 15 (fall student teaching) or June 15 (winter student teaching).  http://www.emich.edu/coe/students/undergraduate/student_teaching/applications.html

In additional to following all EMU College of Education student teaching application requirements, the student must also submit a complete Physical Education Pre-Student Teaching portfolio to the Physical Education Program by November 15 (for Winter semester student teaching) and April 15 (for Fall semester student teaching). This portfolio must follow all official guidelines as established by the Physical Education Program. These guidelines include

  1. Documentation of 100 hours of specific pre-student teaching K-12 Physical Education observation/clinical experiences,
  2. 30 hours of K-12 Physical Education professional development experiences, and
  3. Artifacts and reflection of how the student meets or exceeds target professional expectations and standards of an “Initial Physical Education Teacher” as established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 2008).

Guidelines and procedures for completing this portfolio are overviewed in PHED 102 , are available on the Physical Education Program website, and are a part of advising once accepted to the major.

Student Appeals:

If a student wishes to appeal an admission or dismissal decision, the student must submit a request for appeal with the Physical Education Program coordinator. The Physical Education Program coordinator will follow up with each student appeal on a case-by-case basis according to the EMU College of Education Red Flag policy (linked below) and a decision will be made if/how the student is allowed to continue in the K-12 PETE major.


Initial Teacher Preparation Program Admission

In order to pursue the sequence of courses necessary to complete eligibility for recommendation for certification, one must apply for and be admitted to the teacher preparation program. Admission requirements are common for all teacher preparation programs, except that certain special education programs have additional requirements.

Each undergraduate student is responsible for applying to the teacher preparation program immediately after the semester in which the student has earned 56 credit hours. Transfer students with more than 56 credit hours should apply immediately after the semester in which they have earned 12 hours at EMU, including at least one course in their major. Students with 56 hours of transfer course work with a decision GPA of 3.0 may apply for admission to the teacher preparation program without 12 earned hours at EMU.

Admission to the teacher preparation program is not automatic. Only those persons who have formally applied are considered for admission. Not all persons who apply become eligible for admission.

Applications for the Initial Teacher Preparation Program at EMU are available within your my.emich account under the “Student” tab. Submit your completed application to the Office of Academic Services once you have earned 56 credit hours.

Teaching majors and minors are unofficial until program admission. Students pursuing teacher certification should follow the catalog that exists at the time of program admission. It is important that students apply to the teacher preparation program as soon as they have earned 56 credit hours.


  1. Completion of 56 credit hours
  2. Appropriate cumulative GPA. One of:
    1. An overall EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher based on a minimum of 12 credit hours taken at EMU. An EMU GPA of 2.5 or higher in your major, based on at least one course in your major. The Elementary Education Major is comprehensive, therefore, the elementary major GPA is based on the cumulative of liberal arts curriculum and content course work.
    2. Transferred 56 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous institutions.
  3. A grade of “C” or higher (if taken) in the following courses:
    1. If Secondary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , Quantitative Reasoning (GEQR) , one lab science, all professional education courses, and, if special education, PSY 101 .
    2. If Elementary: ENGL 121 , CTAC 124 , MATH 108 , MATH 110E , PHY 100 , ESSC 202 , all of the professional education courses, all courses that state “for elementary teachers,” and, if special education, PSY 101 .
  4. Official Test Scores showing competency in each of the following areas: mathematics, reading and writing. Scores are accepted from the Professional Readiness Exam (PRE), Basic Skills Test (no longer offered), ACT, or Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The following scores are acceptable:
    1. Mathematics: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT mathematics 22 or higher, or MME mathematics 1116 or higher.
    2. Writing: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT combined English/writing 24 or higher, or MME writing 1129 or higher.
    3. Reading: PRE pass, Basic Skills pass, ACT reading 22 or higher, or MME reading 1108 or higher.
  5. ICHAT criminal background check and Statement of Civil/Criminal Convictions. If you answered yes to any of the civil/criminal conviction questions on the application, you will need to provide:
    1. A copy of the Judgment of Sentence, or Registrar of Actions, or Certification of Conviction.
    2. A written explanation of the offense(s). Application of students with civil/criminal convictions will be carefully reviewed and may take longer to process.
  6. Meet academic, social, moral, and financial obligations as a member of the EMU community.


School Information:

School of Health Promotion & Human Performance - College of Health and Human Services

Christopher Herman, Ph.D., School Director

319J Porter Building
(734) 487-2815

School of Health Promotion & Human Performance’s Website

Advisor Information:

Julie Jahn, M.A.

318 Porter Building
(734) 487-2816

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Initial Teacher Preperation Program: 22 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program requires a minor. Please contact your program advisor for a list of possible minors. Students in this major are strongly encouraged to select the School Health Education Minor .

Program Total:

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

MTTC Subject Area Test

Starting January 1, 2013, Students seeking licensure in a secondary or K-12 area are not required to take the MTTC subject area test in their minor area. Students who elect not to take the test in their minor will be required to sign a statement indicating that they understand that they will not be endorsed in their minor area and will not be eligible for teaching positions in their minor unless they pass the minor subject area test within five years of completing field experience and course requirements.

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).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • 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.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits 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 conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached 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  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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