B.S. Ed. Health Sciences: Physical Education & School Health (extended major)

The B.S. Education degree prepares you for a secondary education certificate in health, with a K-12 endorsement in physical education.

 

The focus of this degree is to promote healthy behaviors of children and adolescents through school programs.

 

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 129 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)

  

Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.

 

Be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).

 

Additionally, you should be aware that you must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate. This requirement applies to all B.S.Ed. majors at NAU.

 

Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 129 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.

 

Be aware that, for the B.S.Ed. degree, you must also have the following:

(If you donít receive a 3.0, you may complete an additional writing course, at the 200 level or above, with at least a B, to meet this requirement.)

 

Candidates in this program of studies are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in classes in the program of studies listed below.

Major Requirements

You must take 63 units, which include a core and additional requirements. Please note that you must have a grade of C or better for all of your major courses.

 

The 27 units of core courses include:

(If you seek an advanced professional degree in physical therapy or a related field or certification as an athletic trainer or strength and conditioning specialist, we recommend taking BIO 334 and 336 instead of HS 303.)

The 36 units of additional requirements are:

You must also be certified in safety and first aid-CPR.

 

If you plan to coach, we recommend you also take BIO 348, HS 421, and one or more courses from HS 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, and 245.

Teacher-Preparation Requirements

You must complete 31 units of professional courses offered by the College of Education to qualify for state certification to teach health and physical education in Arizona and most other states.

 

For information about these requirements, see the heading Teacher Preparation in Secondary Education (within Teaching and Learning) in the Education section of this catalog. You should also receive advisement from the College of Education for this part of your academic plan.

 

Please note that within these 31 units, you take 12 units of ECI 495C (student teaching), which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement.

 

Candidates are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements.  Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in classes in the program of studies listed below.

 

Student teachers will be assigned to placements in the Flagstaff area by the Health Sciences Teacher Education faculty except in special circumstances where students cannot be accommodated appropriately locally.  In such cases, placements will be determined based on the best educational situation available.  Only students who have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their academic career (Minimum GPA of 3.5) will be placed in approved Health Sciences clinical sites outside of the Flagstaff area.

 

You must complete all student teaching prerequisites by the end of the fall or spring term directly preceding your student teaching experience. Please be aware that if you complete your coursework during the summer, you wonít be considered for a student teaching placement for the following fall.

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 129 units of credit.  

  

You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

 

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