Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
M.S., Western Oregon University Primary Responsibilities: Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs With …
With U.S. obesity rates steadily rising—especially in children—physical education is needed now more than ever. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that nearly 1 in 5 school age children in the United States are obese. Pursue your passion for teaching physical education in a K-12 school setting with Bushnell University’s Physical Education certificate.
Bushnell University’s certificate programs are designed for certified teachers who currently hold their Oregon state teaching license and wish to add a specialized endorsement to their license. This program includes an understanding of movement and incorporates strategies to inspire students to be active, in the general education setting as well as adaptive PE settings.
The curriculum is aligned with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).
The Physical Education certificate program is 8 credits and can be completed in nine months. Each cohort begins Fall Session. 1. Coursework is completed on campus during the evening hours.
Applications may be accepted until August 1, but are admitted on a space-available basis only.
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Prerequisite for Physical Education Certificate
This survey course provides an overview of the major educational practices, theories, and research regarding diverse learners with disabilities. Emergent issues and best practices including Response to Intervention (RTi), differentiated instruction, curricular adaptations and modifications, compliance with laws, ethical concerns, and characteristics and needs of learners with disabilities will be examined. Principles of effective collaborative and interdisciplinary teaming, positive behavior supports, and inclusive educational programming are addressed.
Requirements for Physical Education Certificate (8 credits)
Introduction to Movement
This course introduces students to the function and structure of the human body. This introductory course will cover movement, maintenance, control, and anatomy including skeletal, muscular circulatory, and respiratory systems.
Adaptive Physical Education
This course will provide students with an overview of typical physical growth and development of PreK-12th grade students and atypical development. Students will gain differentiated skills necessary in teaching students with disabilities, and/or behavioral challenges.
P.E. and Health Methods
This course guides students in the investigation of the many facets of a comprehensive physical education program. Emphasis is on the content of the physical education curriculum, developmental levels, teaching strategies, lesson planning, observations, and classroom management. Additional context is provided around theories of movement in education, and the role of health and nutrition as part of a physical education program.
Physical Education Practicum
This practicum is a 90-hour school-based practicum requiring the student to work closely with a PE-certified teacher. Students will create and teach an edTPA learning segment with supervised support. Students will use a variety of research-based educational practices that reflect how students learn and that are sensitive to individual differences and diverse cultures. This practicum will be evaluated collaboratively with the Cooperating PE teacher and Bushnell University field supervisor.