Q: How are the physical education and health education licensures related?
Both licensures are PreK-12, but they are separate. If a student wishes to teach both upon graduation he/she will need to double major. Students who graduate with this double major are more likely to obtain a teacher job than those with only one licensure.
Q: What is the methods sequence?
The methods sequence is a sequence of courses that are to be taken in succession. The first in the sequence is HPES 3767 which is offered fall semester. The second course in the sequence is HPES 4876 which is offered spring semester. The third in the sequence is HPES 4878 which is offered fall semester. Ideally students will complete HPES 3767 fall of their junior year, HPES 4876 spring of their junior year, HPES 4878 fall of their senior year, and student teaching spring of their senior year.
Q: What are the PRAXIS exams?
There are two PRAXIS exams. Praxis I is required of every student majoring in education. It must be taken prior to applying for upper division in the Beeghly College of Education. There are 3 sections to the exam. It is administered at Sylvan Learning Center. More information can be obtained through the BCOE.
Praxis II has two parts; a content knowledge part and part related to the principles of learning and teaching. Praxis II must be passed before a student is allowed to student teach. There are published materials to help students study for Praxis II, and a study course is offered in the HPES department each spring semester. Ideally, students should plan to take Praxis II either in the spring or summer of their junior year.
Q: Do I need an advisor in BCOE if I have one in the HPES Department?
Yes. Each semester you should see an advisor in BCOE and your advisor in the HPES department.
Q: What if I don't know who my advisor is the HPES Department?
When a student declares his/her major he/she is sent a letter from the Department stating which advisor to see. The HPES Department secretary can assist a student in locating who his/her advisor is if he/she isn't sure.
Q: When am I accepted into the Physical Education major?
A: Application to the program has two phases. Any freshman or transfer wishing to be in the major and who meets minimum requirements for automatically accepted. All students are then required to complete specific prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.5 or greater (this usually takes 2 years) before they qualify for acceptance into the professional sequence of courses (the last 2 years of the program). Students submit a promotion to professional sequence form before Jan 31 in the semester before they expect to start the upper level courses. Because of limited space in the laboratory sections of many of our courses, we currently have a cap of 120 students.
Q: How do I find an advisor?
A: For individual semester advisement, including general education requirements, see assigned departmental advisor. It is also recommended that, once students have applied for and been accepted to upper division in the Beeghly College of Education, they see an advisor in the BCOE for individual advisement related to education courses. This program can be completed in nine semesters if students average 15 hours per semester.
Q: What happens if a curriculum changes once I have already declared my major?
A student is bound by the curriculum sheet in effect at the time he/she declares his/her major. If classes are later added, the student is not required to take them. If classes are later deleted, substitutions will be made.
Q: How to I get into classes that list "upper" division as a prerequisite?
Upper division for HPES classes simply require the student be admitted into upper division in the BCOE. The student should look at his/her curriculum sheet for current upper division requirements.
Q: When do I take MULTI 4708? How do I sign up for it?
The MULTI 4708 class is a class taken by all education students who will hold a PreK-12 licensure. The prerequisite for the class is the completion of HPES 3767. Students must also submit a request to take the class in the BCOE.
Q: Can I work during student teaching?
It is highly recommended that a student does not work during the student teaching semester. Student teaching requires extensive planning and the success of the experience is directly related to the amount of time spent preparing.
Q: When do I need to have my background check completed? Where do I go to get it done?
Most schools are now requiring students have a background check completed before they are allowed to observe/teach in the school. Contact the BCOE for current information about what is required, and where to go to get it completed.
Q: Which classes that I need for my major are offered in the summer?
HPES 1577, HPES 1595, and HPES 2605
Q: Why aren't there any classes in my major offered online?
The University is in the process of designing some courses that will be offered online in the future.
Q: Is there a 4 year curriculum plan for physical education classes?
Yes. A copy of the suggested 4 year curriculum plan for physical education teacher candidates can be obtained in Beeghly Physical Education Building, Room 307.
Q: If I just want to coach, is this the degree I should get?
A physical education teacher's major responsibility is educating PreK-12 students about and through the physical. Although many physical education teacher do coach, this degree does not address coaching, nor does it certify one to coach.
Q: Are there any campus or professional organizations for physical education majors?
Yes. The Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science offers a physical education majors club. For more information about the club, contact Dr. Matanin at extension 3652. The Department is also associated with PEK, a physical education fraternity??? For more information about PEK, contact Dr. Mullins at extension XXXX.
Q: Who decides where I student teach?
Student teaching placement is based on a combination of the following factors: 1) where the student attended high school, 2) where the student lives, 3) the strengths/weaknesses of the student teacher, and 4) the availability of a suitable cooperating teacher. Placement is decided by the student teaching supervisor and the BCOE.
Q: Can I student teach outside the immediate area or in another state?
Student teacher are placed in close proximity to the University so student teaching supervisors can visit regularly. Unless there are unusual or extenuating circumstances, student teaching outside the immediate area or outside Ohio is not permitted.
MASTER'S IN ED
Q: Will I eventually need to get a master's degree?
If a student gets a job teaching in the State of Ohio, he/she is required to complete a master's degree in the amount of time specified by the State.
Q: Is exercise science a good preparation for additional degrees?
A: Yes, preparation for other health-related programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractic medicine, physician's assistant, acupuncture, or exercise science.
Q: How do I find an internship site?
A: The 8 or 12-credit internship is completed at the end of the senior year. You will work with the coordinator to secure a site in the senior fall semester but it is advised to begin screening sites as early as possible (even in the spring of the junior year). This takes several weeks and should be initiated in the spring or summer preceding the senior year. Click here for a current list of sites: http://cc.ysu.edu/exsci-alumni/internship_recruitment.htm