The mission of the B.S.Ed. in Kinesiology with coursework focusing on physical education is to prepare highly skilled physical educators and leads to an Alabama Class B teaching certificate. Elementary, secondary, and advanced methods courses cover teaching styles and developmentally appropriate curriculum models. An adapted physical education course prepares students to implement physical education programs appropriate for children and youth with disabilities. Additional courses include field experiences where students are given opportunities to practice teaching under faculty supervision.
In the last ten years, our graduates have been very competitive in the job market. Many choose to teach in the southeastern United States, and others venture further afield. Additionally, a number of students go on to graduate school and study for advanced practitioner degrees or degrees which enable them to study and teach in university settings.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Libba Woodruff
Students must achieve and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher—both UA and Overall GPA—in Professional Studies and Teaching Field. Requirements for admission must be met by the end of the semester in which the student is enrolled in the pre-professional course (KIN 350 Secondary Curriculum).
Visit http://gobama.ua.edu/apply/ to apply.
Students are required to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test. The Alabama State Department of Education also requires all students be fingerprinted prior to admission to teacher education. College of Education and departmental requirements include passing a writing examination and an interview with faculty.
After entry in to the physical education coursework rotation, students must achieve and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher—both UA and Overall GPA—in Professional Studies and Teaching Field courses.
- First fall term: KIN 305, KIN 350, KIN 351
- First spring term: KIN 306, KIN 307, KIN 310, KIN 360, KIN 361, KIN 366
- Second fall term: KIN 311, KIN 487, KIN 468
- Second spring term: KIN 497 (includes elementary & secondary placements)
In addition to core physical education and content specific classes, students also study a set of core courses in the exercise sciences as well as a set of general education classes.
To be eligible for student internship (KIN 497), students must receive a passing score on both Praxis II exams:
- Physical Education: Content Knowledge
- Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)
Beginning Fall 2018, students will participate in edTPA (a student-centered multiple measure assessment of teaching) during their internship (KIN 497). Results will be submitted for national scoring.