The physical education option provides the foundation for public school teacher certification through either the department’s four-year certification program, or, if a student chooses to pursue a master's degree with certification, the Department of Education’s Fifth-Year Program. Bachelor candidates become certified to teach K-12 through classroom and practicum experiences that fulfill New Hampshire state requirements. Master candidates have the option of completing certification in both health and physical education, as well as obtaining a certificate in adapted physical education.
This option integrates best practices with the theoretical and process knowledge necessary for teaching elementary and secondary physical education. Extensive practicum experiences prepare students to teach preschool children, school-aged youth, and young adults, including students with disabilities.
All fifth-year candidates must meet the requirements for admission to graduate school (e.g., grade-point average of at least 3.0 and "minimum" scores on the Graduate Record Examination). Internal transfer candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.67 and pass the Praxis I state licensure exam before admission to the option. All physical education option students must receive a C grade (2.0) or better in all KIN required courses, including KIN 655, Middle School and Secondary PE Pedagogy; KIN 666, Middle School and Secondary PE Practicum; KIN 610, Elementary PE Pedagogy; KIN 781, Inclusion in PE; and KIN 570, Elementary PE Practicum. Freshmen physical education majors are admitted with conditional status. In order to obtain full-time status in the option, majors must pass the Praxis I state licensure exam before classes begin in the fall of their sophomore year and maintain at least a 2.67 overall GPA at the start of their junior year. For questions about this program, contact the option coordinator, Michelle Grenier, at (603) 862-1835, or e-mail Michelle.Grenier@unh.edu.