DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, WELLNESS, AND SPORT STUDIES
Chair: Professor K. Baker
Professors: F. Burch, D. Hunt, J. Tubbs
Associate Professors: S. Snyder, D. Ware
Instructor: S. McNeely, E. Newton
The mission of the Department of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies is to provide opportunities for the development of the physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional and spiritual well-being through a core curriculum and professional studies areas which emphasize a liberal arts philosophy that promotes a Christian worldview and emphasizes faith, service, and leadership.
To produce graduates who will be:
- prepared for entry into professional careers and/or graduate studies within the respective fields of study;
- academically prepared to obtain certification and/or licensure in areas relevant to the respective fields of study;
- able to identify, evaluate, and demonstrate personal application of the concepts of physical activity and optimal wellness, which includes physical, mental, social, environmental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions; and
- innovative and critical thinkers, able to engage collaboratively and able to consume and disseminate information within a diverse global community.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Student learning outcomes specific to each major offered by the department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.
Students (teacher candidates) who complete the Physical/Health Education program will demonstrate proficiency in the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (NCPTS) as follows:
- Teacher candidates demonstrate leadership.
- Teacher candidates establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
- Teacher candidates know the content they teach.
- Teacher candidates facilitate learning for their students.
- Teacher candidates reflect on their practice.
MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY
Physical Education/Health Education with Teacher Licensure
MINOR FIELD OF STUDY
MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY DETAIL
In order to be admitted into Teacher Education, students seeking dual licensure in Physical Education and Health Education are required to obtain minimum scores on Praxis I. If applicable at the time of program completion, minimum scores are required on Praxis II Subject Assessment in order to be recommended for North Carolina teaching licensure. The candidate is referred to the Teacher Education Handbook for additional requirements. Students will not be permitted to register for courses in excess of 50% of the major until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Enrollment in any of the department’s professional classes is limited to students having declared the intent to major or minor in one of the department’s courses of study. Exceptions to this policy can be granted only by the department chair or the course professor.
Accomplishment will be demonstrated in the following way:
Teacher candidates will be assessed on all standards (NCPTS 1-5) in accordance with the Teacher Candidate Evaluation Rubric of the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System. The rubric includes a range of four categories (Emergent, Developing, Proficient, and Accomplished). All candidates will provide evidence of achievement at the proficient level or higher.
The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied; BIOL 101 is recommended as one of the Dimension of Scientific Inquiry courses. Classes required for completing the major with K-12 certification are as follows:
PHED 211, 235, 301, 331, 341, 342, 402, 408, and 409 (27 hours)
HLED 226, 320, and 321(9 hours)
EXSI 306, and 335 (6 hours)
Additional requirements: BIOL 203 and 204 (8 hours)
NOTE: BIOL 203 has prerequisite of BIOL 101 or BIOL 111, either with grade of “C” (2.00); or SAT Critical Reading of 500 AND SAT Math of 500; or ACT Composite score of 22, ACT English Subscore of 21, ACT Math Score of 18, and ACT Reading Score of 20; or TEAS Composite Score of 67. Also, BIOL 204 has prerequisite of BIOL 203 with grade of “C” (2.00) or permission of instructor.
The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of Education 250 and 450; Psychology 303; and PHED 432 (must be taken in the semester prior to student teaching).
The student must present a current CPR/FIrst Aid certification card as a course requirement for PHED 432.
NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach, ideally no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS
All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete HLED 221 as part of the general education core curriculum.
MINOR FIELD OF STUDY DETAIL
RECREATION (18 HOURS)
PHED 400 and 408 (6 hours)
SPMG 250 AND 305 (6 hours)
PHED 310, 336, 341, 342, or 331 (6 hours)
LEADERS PROGRAM OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
All majors within the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies Department at Gardner-Webb University may elect to obtain a leadership certification for the LEADERS Program of Professional Excellence. LEADERS is an acronym used to categorize an array of academic and professional knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) in the categories of: Leadership, Ethics, Academics and Professional Roles, Diversity, Etiquette and Professional Disposition, Religion and Philosophy, and Service Learning and Community Outreach.
Students who choose to attain the LEADERS certification will, over the course of their tenure as PEWSS majors, collect evidences that demonstrate competence in each area and compile them in the form of an electronic portfolio. Evidences are assigned point values. Students must accumulate a minimum of fourteen (14) total points for certification. A minimum of two (2) points must be acquired for each category.
Candidate’s attainment of competencies will be assessed and approved by full time faculty members of the PEWSS department. Each submission must include appropriate documentation along with a written reflection.
Students who successfully complete the LEADERS program will be awarded a certificate of completion. They will also be recognized on awards day and receive a designation on their official transcript.
*See the PEWSS website and/or handbook for detailed guidelines for submission.