Undergraduate 2017-2018

Sport and Exercise Science B.S. – Physical Education K-12 Teaching Emphasis Physical Education (K-Grade 12)

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Mark A. Smith, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Location: Gunter 2710

Telephone: 970.351.1736

Website: http://www.unco.edu/NHS/ses

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

The mission of the Sport and Exercise Science teaching program is to prepare professionals capable of delivering programs that promote self-directed, responsible, physically active lifestyles in school-aged children and youth across the state and region. The focus of Physical Education Teacher Education is to graduate entry level professional physical educators who possess a personal and professional commitment to physical activity and will demonstrate the knowledge and skills requisite to promoting learning in the area of physical activity.

Program Admission Requirements:

Admission Criteria. Prior to enrollment in SES 266 students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5,completed a minimum of 30 credit hours, completed a minimum of 9 credits in the K-12 Physical Education major with a ("C" or better), and achieved a minimum major GPA of 2.7, and completed EDFE 110.

Transfer Applicants and Change of Major Students. First semester transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours may enroll in SES 266 their first semester on campus if their overall GPA at another institution is a 2.5 or higher.

  • Academic Good Standing
  • A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for transfer and change of major students to declare this program.
  • A maximum of 15 hours may be transferred to the major from other institutions.

Program Requirements:

Must maintain a 2.5 overall and a 2.7 major GPA to retain full admission in both SES, K-12 and the PTEP. Provisional status will prevent the student from enrolling in upper division courses in the SES K-12 major.

  • Have a "C" or better in all required courses in SES K-12. C minus is not acceptable. Major courses receiving a grade of "D" or lower must be retaken until a grade of "C" or better (C- is not acceptable) is achieved.

  • Demonstrate professional promise as a teacher to the satisfaction of the Physical Education Teacher Education Faculty. Means of evaluation may include, but are not limited to, letters of intent, review of dispositions and interviews with the SES faculty.

  • Prior to student teaching, students must have successfully completed all required Sport and Exercise Science K-12 Licensure Program courses, be fully admitted to the major and PTEP programs, achieve proficient or advanced on all dispositions and pass the state licensure examination.

  • Meet all Physical Education and state standards at a provisional level as listed in the program handbook.

  • Show continuous growth in becoming a physical education teacher. Students who wish to be licensed to teach in the State of Colorado must make application upon completion of their program.

  • Students who plan to apply for K-12 Teacher Licensure in the State of Colorado must student teach at both the elementary and secondary levels.

  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator. 

Degree Requirements — 122 Credits

Degree Requirements

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

SES 220Anatomical Kinesiology


Remaining LAC — 36 credits

 See "Liberal Arts Core".

1. Required Specified LAC — 4 credits

2. Required Major — 37 credits

Take all of the following courses:

SES 200Weight Training and Conditioning


SES 201Track and Field


SES 209Dance Activities


SES 210Developmentally Appropriate Elementary Activities


SES 240Secondary Physical Education Content I


SES 241Secondary Physical Education Content II


SES 243Outdoor and Adventure Programming


SES 322Exercise Physiology I


SES 323Motor Learning and Development


SES 331Biomechanics


SES 436Social Influences on Sport and Exercise Behavior



SES 333Psychological Analysis of Sports, Exercise and Physical Activity


SES 441Learner Assessment and Physical Education Technology


SES 443Teaching and Assessing School Health


SES 461Administration and Law


SES 441: Must be taken for 4 credits.

3. Required PTEP — 45 credits

EDFE 110Application for Initial Admission to PTEP


EDFE 120Application for Full Admission to PTEP


EDFE 130Application for Student Teaching


EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process


Take EDFE 110 Initial PTEP Application (0) the semester before SES 170 Introduction to Field Based Experience (1)

Take EDFE 120 Full Admission to PTEP Application (0) the semester before content methods.

Take EDFE 130 Student Teaching Application (0) the semester before student teaching.

Complete one of the following courses, based on preferred teaching level:

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers


PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers


Complete the following courses:

EDFE 444Supervised Student Teaching


EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas


EDSE 433Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom


EDFE 444: Take 12

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old.  PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

SES/PTEP Methods Courses - 22 semester credits

SES 170Introduction to Field Based Experience


SES 266Introduction to Physical Education as a Profession


SES 338Teaching Diverse Populations


SES 340Planning and Instructional Design


SES 342Teaching Health-Related Fitness


SES 440Developing Pedagogical Skills in Elementary Physical Education


SES 442Developing Pedagogical Skills in Secondary Physical Education


SES 340: Must be taken for 4 credits.

SES 440: Must be taken for 4 credits.

SES 442: Must be taken for 4 credits.