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Sport Pedagogy 


Description of Program

The Sport Pedagogy emphasis is intended to provide students with coursework in physical education teaching. This major WILL NOT lead to licensure in physical education with graduation. In order to be eligible for future licensure, a student must achieve a 2.75 or higher overall GPA upon graduation. Students must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA to remain in the Sport Pedagogy emphasis. Students will need to pursue additional coursework and program requirements to receive licensure and should meet with their adviser to discuss career options. Students wanting to graduate with a licensure in teaching should pursue the Physical Education Teaching emphasis.

It is the mission of the Sport Pedagogy program, within the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to effectively teach and promote physical activity as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. UW-Eau Claire Sport Pedagogy graduates will demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the Wisconsin Content Guidelines for Physical Education.

Important Information:

  • Students are advised to take and pass the PPST I before graduation.
  • Students are encouraged to gain as much experience with children and adolescents as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to become a member of our state and national organizations (AAHPERD & WAHPERD)
  • Students are encouraged to become involved in student leadership in WAHPERD.

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Career Opportunities

The Sport Pedagogy curriculum is designed to prepare students for teaching in a physical activity or physical education related field. This major WILL NOT lead to licensure in physical education with graduation. Graduates will be prepared to seek additional courses for licensure, or to teach children, adolescents, or adults in settings such as university recreation programs or children/adolescent recreation programs.

Points of Pride

  • Updated Curriculum for total K-12 program in 2003-2004.
  • Hosted Northwest District WAHPERD workshop in spring of 2003 and 2004 and collaborated with NWEA to host a physical education workshop in Fall 2004.
  • Students have the opportunity to gain additional certification as a Physical Best specialist.
  • Committee established to review ECA applicants' competencies. Student interviews are a key component to the process.
  • Physical Education faculty have worked closely with Career Services personnel to develop an integrated model for professional development in which students learn to research career options, establish networks, enhance personal qualifications, conduct a job search, write cover letters/resumes, prepare for job interviews and develop a plan for continued education.
  • Student membership in WAHPERD has continued to increase.
  • All physical education emphasis course syllabi were revised and updated in Fall 2003. Many but not all handouts indicate papers and projects that can be used as evidence of attainment of the goals of the baccalaureate, Department of Kinesiology goals, and Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
  • Quarterly advising newsletters to all Physical Education Teacher Preparation students.
  • A new program was successfully launched spring semester that partners home schooled and alternative schooled students aged 5-12 with our physical education program. The program is directed by Dr. Jeff Lindauer , and lead by undergraduate students majoring in Physical Education. This is a win-win activity where our students receive valuable teaching experience and the home school students get a quality physical education experience that is unavailable to the home school population.

Admission Criteria

Minimum GPA: At least 2.5

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