Mission Statement

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Mission Statement The Physical Education Teacher Program prepares professionals to teach students in K - 12 physical education programs in addition to directing youth in intramural and athletic programs. Physical educators provide leadership in a variety of school-based roles. Professional preparation in physical education emphasizes the development of candidates who will model pedagogical effectiveness and engage in active leadership roles in physical activity/health for schools and community organizations. The core learning objectives of the Physical Education Program are correlated to NASPE's Standards for Initial Programs in Physical Education Teacher Education, Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida's Teachers: K-12 Physical Education, College of Education and Human Services Conceptual Framework, as well as Florida's Accomplished Practices for Teachers at the pre-professional level - AP 1 Assessment, AP 2 Communication, AP 3 Continuous Improvement, AP 4 Critical Thinking, AP 5 Diversity, AP 6 Ethics, AP 7 Human Growth and Development, AP 8 Knowledge of Subject Matter, AP 9 Learning Environments, AP 10 Planning, AP 11 Role of the Teacher, and AP 12 Technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Physical Education (K-12) graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 1. Varies communication (verbal and nonverbal) according to the nature and needs of students
  • Aligned Teacher Education Outcomes: 2. Practices strategies that support individual and group inquiry
  • Aligned Teacher Education Outcomes: 3. Identifies communication techniques for use with colleagues, school/ community specialists, administrators, and families
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 1. Uses the materials and technologies of the subject field in developing learning activities for students
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 2. Acquires currency in his/her subject field
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 3. Links subject matter to standards and benchmarks
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 4. Recognizes learning theories, developmental levels of students, and movement content
  • Aligned Teacher Education Outcomes: 5. Practices strategies that support individual and group inquiry
  • Aligned Teacher Education Outcomes: 6. Employs traditional and alternative assessment strategies in determining student mastery of specific outcomes
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 1. Demonstrates the use of higher order thinking skills
  • Aligned Teacher Education Outcomes: 2. Poses problems, dilemmas, and questions in lessons
  • Physical Education Outcomes: 3. Reflects on his/her professional judgment about teaching effectiveness

    Assessment Approaches

    Assessment Approaches UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in Physical Education program will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and teaching skills through proficiency in course embedded assessments, activities, and critical task assessments. These occur in core, major, and clinical experiences at a proficiency level expected of a teacher candidate. It is expected that teacher candidates will apply knowledge throughout the program by demonstrating understanding, competence, and effective implementation. Assessment strategies include: 1. Assignments, and formal formative, summative, and authentic assessments; 2. Successful completion of critical tasks in sport cultural awareness and equipment modification; 3. Formative evaluation of class discussions, reflections, and critiques which provide evidence of developing ideas and opportunities for the demonstration of knowledge; 4.Analysis of teaching performances in field experiences; and 5. Development of meaningful learning experiences that address learning and performance modes based on principles of effective instruction.

    Career Opportunities

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