The BAE program in physical education prepares students to successfully teach quality physical education programs to learners in grades preschool through grade 12.
The curriculum directly aligns with national beginning teacher standards of The Society of Health and Physical Education Teachers of America. Students take foundational coursework in the areas of growth and motor development, movement activities and lifelong physical fitness. The coursework covers elementary, secondary and adaptive physical education methods, including topics such as instructional design, lesson planning and modifications, and accommodations for preK—12 learners. Students build skills in cultivating a positive and productive learning environment, assessing, monitoring and reporting progress, as well as conducting themselves as responsible and ethical professionals.
Extensive professional experiences are built into the program to prepare students to enter the teaching profession after graduation. Students complete internships prior to a full-time student teaching residency that takes place senior year. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has developed a team-based approach to teacher preparation, allowing students to participate in internships and residencies with a team of peers while receiving guidance and support from faculty members and highly qualified certified teachers. Team-based professional experiences are designed to prepare students to work with mutually supportive colleagues to address the academic and social-emotional needs of learners.
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Graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College are highly sought out teachers in public, charter and private education institutions. Many graduates with degrees in physical education also work as coaches, fitness instructors or with organizations dedicated to improving health and wellness.
Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
- Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
- Physical Education Teacher
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