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Health and Physical Education Certification Course Descriptions

BIO233 - Human Physiology and Anatomy I

Surveys the human as a functioning organism and emphasizes the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and senses. The laboratory will emphasize human structure and techniques for studying muscle and nerve function.

EXSC201 - First Aid, AED/CPR (Red Cross Certificate)

This course presents topics of prevention, safety and treatment of illnesses, injuries and accidents in order to provide prompt and efficient action in times of emergency. The course integrates lecture with practical drills to learn techniques of administering CPR, cardioversion, rescue breathing, and emergency treatment for injuries and acute illness. Students earn Red Cross Community CPR and First Aid certification upono successful completion of the course.

HPE330/ATR301 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

This course focuses on immediate care and prevention of common injuries related to individuals completing sport activities, conditioning programs and other phsyical activity. It serves as an introduction to pathology, signs and symptoms recognition of common injuries, and management procedures common in evaluating and treating injuries incurred through sport and phsyical activity. Clinical applications of basic injury prevention strategies are emphasized as well as the application of clinically relevant anatomy. Special attention is given to specific "Statements" by the National Athletic Trainer's Association.

EXSC352 - Physiology of Exercise

Exercise physiology is the study of human work. This course focuses on the body systems, their inter-relationships and adjustments during exercise and stress as a resul of training, physical activity, and physical inactivity. Emphasis is on current research findings and what remains to be discovered in humans as moving begins.

EDU550 - Field Experience

The student must keep and submit a log of the experience. Students have an opportunity to work in a variety of situations from elementary children to college students. This course will be taken by those students who do not have teaching experience. There may be a combination of settings if approved by the Education Department.

EDU511 - Educational Psychology

An in-depth examination of the research on issues of learning and cognition and how it applies to the classroom. A major research paper is required.

EDU539 - Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Development

This course provides an introduction to early adolescent and adolescent development and investigates the implication of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in educational settings. Major developmental and psychological theories and research relevant to teaching and learning are explored. Content areas include adolescent growth and development, conflicts and issues associated with different developmental levels, approaches to instruction, and cultural and socioeconomic diversity. The emphasis will be on the practical relevance of this material for students in grades 4-8.

EDU512 - TESOL Methods with Field Experience

This course provides an overview of the full range of the methodology for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), especially appropriate for the K-12 classroom teacher who has non-English speaking students in the classroom. It provides students a thorough understanding of the nature of teaching and learning ESL or EFL. It examines the basics of teaching ESL or EFL history, theories, models, techniques, and applications. It aims to enable students to incorporate the appropriate ESL or EFL strategies in their teaching and adapt their materials and instructional methods to meet English language learners’ needs and accommodate their learning styles. Course topics include techniques and strategies for improving second language learners’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communication skills, the role of the teacher, the needs of the learner, language testing and assessment, materials design, use of new technology in language teaching, and the development of lesson plans, including the selection and uses of texts and other materials. The course is designed as a laboratory experience, using multiple constructivist techniques and strategies of instruction. Students taking this course are required to complete a 10-hour field experience. This field experience will include both observation and engagement with English Language learners. Students are also expected to engage in extensive reading, research, class discussion, written reflection, and self-evaluation through dialogue, group projects, and field work.

HPE518 - Curriculum Development and Administration in Special and Physical Education

This class will examine essential topics in the areas of developing curriculum and of administrating key elements with regard to Health and Physical Education for both regular and special education students. Knowledge gained in this class will enable each educator to be better prepared to plan, implement, and evaluate an effective program for his/her students on either the elementary or secondary level.

HPE519 - Methods of Special and Health and Physical Education Instruction

This class will examine essential topics in the areas of developing, delivering, and evaluating effective lessons in Health and Physical Education for both regular and special education students. Knowledge gained in this class will enable each educator to be better prepared to plan, implement, and evaluate an effective lesson for his/her students on either the elementary or secondary level.

HPE522 - Contemporary Topics in Special and Health and Physical Education

This class will examine contemporary topics in Health and Physical Education for both regular and special education students. Knowledge gained in this class will enable each educator to be better prepared to understand and respond effectively to relevant, current issues on both the elementary or secondary level. This knowledge will allow for better student interaction and increased success in program planning and implementation.

EDU682 - Evaluation and Assessment of Students in Inclusive Settings

This course examines the assessment and evaluation processes used for determining progress for students with and without Individual Educational Programs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates that all students have access to the general education classroom and curriculum. The course will provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to assess and evaluate all students. The course will examine historical, philosophical and legal considerations and models of the assessment process and various types of assessments will be examined.

EDU684 - Inclusive Education with Field Experience

This course examines the concept of Inclusion and what it means to both the special educator and the general educator. Students will learn to use effective inclusion strategies in the general education classroom and examine the various ways special and regular educators can work effectively together. Students will have 10 hours of field experience in inclusive education settings.

EDU610 - Student Teaching

Observation and teaching in an approved classroom with guidance and evaluation. At least 12 weeks of fulltime student participation is required. Students must apply for student teaching at least two semesters in advance.

EDU620 - Practicum

A seminar to synthesize the academic disciplines and relate them to the development and learning of the pupil in school and focus on the needs of the student teacher. This course offers opportunities to gain skill, insight and perspective in the relationship of theory to practice in the teaching-learning process. To be scheduled concurrently with student teaching.

HPE552 - Individual, dual and team sports

Explore coaching/teaching techniques in individual, dual and team traditional organized sports commonly practiced in North America to be used in competitive and non-competitive settings. An understanding and use of effective techniques from the skills gained can be used in class, gym and field settings.

HPE553 - Outdoor pursuits and lifetime leisure skills

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the wide variety of lifetime leisure activities, focusing on the outdoors and other emerging activities. Students will explore teaching techniques in traditional/non-traditional activities to create greater inclusion opportunities for students. An understanding and use of effective techniques from the skills gained can be used in class, gym, field and non-traditional settings.

HPE554 - Gymnastic skills, dance and rhythmic skills

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current developments and teaching techniques in Gymnastics, Dance and Rhythmic Skills. An understanding and use of effective techniques from the skills gained can be used in class, gym, field and non-traditional settings.

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