Physical Education Major (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.A.T. with Teacher Certification in Health and Physical Education (Preschool-Grade 12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years of intensive study.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

The Bachelor's/MAT Dual-Certification Inclusive Education Program provides students with the opportunity to receive both a bachelor's and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with teacher certification in both general education and special education.  The program is designed to help teachers develop competencies needed to teach students who have disabilities along with those who do not.

In this program, students complete general education and major requirements and an initial set of coursework in education as undergraduates. As graduate students, they will complete the coursework in education and conduct their fieldwork and student teaching.

Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required undergraduate professional sequence of courses, overall course outline, and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students also are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements27
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements51
Teacher Education Program Requirements 36
Free Elective3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.
Required Theory Courses
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 215Drug Education in the Schools3
HLTH 222Mental Health in the Schools3
HLTH 295Sexuality Education in the Schools3
HPEM 199Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education1
HPEM 352Development and Philosophy of Health and Physical Education3
HPEM 356Management of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Fitness Programs3
PEMJ 320Physiology of Exercise4
PEMJ 321Kinesiology3
PEMJ 324Basic Motor Learning3
PEMJ 351Adapted Physical Education3
Required Skills Courses
PEMJ 131Fitness Activities3
PEMJ 152Introduction to Fielding and Target Games3
PEMJ 153Introduction to Invasion and Net Games3
PEMJ 235Movement Experiences in Physical Education3
PEMJ 335Teaching of Elementary Physical Education3
Collateral Course
BIOL 244Anatomy and Physiology I4
Total Credits51

Teacher Education Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements
EDFD 200Psychological Foundations of Education3
or PSYC 200 Educational Psychology
SASE 210Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling3
Professional Sequence
PEMJ 431Advanced Adapted Physical Education3
SASE 322Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching3
Teacher of Students with Disabilities Courses
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
or SPED 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education
SPED 483Advanced Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools3
SPED 469Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools3
SPED 488Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings3
Graduate Courses
HLTH 520Foundations and Methods in Health Education3
SPED 566Creating Curricular Access for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPED 586Educational Planning for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPED 690Action Research in Inclusive Settings3
Total Credits36

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education (Fulfilled in the major.)
C. Communication
1. Writing
WRIT 105College Writing I3
2. Literature
WRIT 106College Writing II3
3. Communication
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
STAT 103The Development of Statistics3
or MATH 104 Fractals and Infinity
or MATH 106 Creative Thinking through Mathematics
or STAT 109 Statistics
or STAT 110 Statistics for the Biological Sciences
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Anatomy and Physiology I (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.
Psychological Foundations of Education
Educational Psychology
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulfilled in the major or in the Teacher Education sequence.
Sexuality Education in the Schools
Public Purposes of Education: Democracy and Schooling
Total Credits27

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one World Language course.3
Total Credits3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
 Credits4
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall
SASE 320 Curriculum Design for Inclusive Classrooms 3
SASE 321 Assessment Practices for Inclusive Classrooms 3
SPED 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education 3
 Credits9
Spring
SASE 322 Language and Learning in Content Area Teaching 3
SPED 469 Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools 3
 Credits6
Fourth Year
Fall
SPED 483 Advanced Inclusive Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools 3
SPED 488 Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in Inclusive Settings 3
 Credits6
Spring
SPED 566 Creating Curricular Access for Adolescents with Disabilities 3
SPED 586 Educational Planning for Adolescents with Disabilities 3
SPED 690 Action Research in Inclusive Settings 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits40
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
FallCredits
SASE 526 Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
SASE 527 Clinical Practice I 3
SPED 584 Assessment in Special Education and Classroom Practice 3
Teaching Methods Course 3-4
 Credits12-13
Spring
SASE 529 Clinical Practice II 6
SASE 543 Advanced Seminar in Inclusive Pedagogies 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits21-22