Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education

COMING SOON!

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the School of Education are excited to announce the NEW, ALL IN ONE, Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education major!

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UW-La Crosse has been a state and national leader in preparing physical, adapted, and school health educator for decades. Our graduates, certifiable to teach kindergarten through high school, teach in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Study is broad based, with emphasis on motor skills, fitness, scientific principles, teaching strategies, and program development. 

The UWL program balances traditional, individual and fitness activities with non-traditional physical education activities such as backpacking, ropes courses, and rock climbing. This balance provides students with numerous experiences to enhance their professional development. Because of its exceptional quality, the UW System has identified this program as a Center of Excellence, a designation reserved for high quality undergraduate programs.

Our vision is to be the preeminent national leader in the preparation of physical, adapted, and school health educators in a society where all persons enjoy, regularly participate in, understand the benefits of, and advocate for physical activity for lifelong healthy living.

Career Opportunities

Numerous career options are available for graduates of the physical, adapted, and school health education teaching program. Public and private school teaching and coaching positions are the primary employment options for graduates.  Our bachelor's degree provides a solid foundation for graduate education and advanced work in physical, adapted, and school health education and other related fields.

Placement

Our placement record has been excellent. Even during periods of oversupply, UWL graduates have experienced success in the job search. Our graduates are highly regarded and sought after by school districts and placement has been outstanding throughout the past decade.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Deb Sazama 

Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education Teaching Program Director 
131 Mitchell Hall 
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 
1725 State Street 
La Crosse, WI 54601 
608.785.8183

dsazama@uwlax.edu

Exercise and Sport Science-Academic Requirements

-Successful completion leads to Wisconsin DPI 530 (Physical Education), DPI 860 (Adaptive Physical Education), and DPI 910 (Health Education) teaching licenses.

General Education Requirements (42 credits). For a complete listing of General Education classes please see the Undergraduate Catalog or Advisement Report.

Semesters 1-4

Credit

Course #

Course Title

PREREQUISITES

2

ESS 118

Introduction to the Physical Education Teaching Profession

 

2

ESS 121

Teaching Adventure Education in  Physical Education

 

2

ESS 200

Introduction to Teaching Methods in Physical and School Health Education 

ESS 118

3

EDS 203

School, Society, and Teachers (General Education Course)

3

ESS 205

Human Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise Science I

*BIO100, or MIC100 or BIO 105

3

EDS 206

Multicultural Education    (General Education Course)

EDS 203 Recommended

3

ESS 206

Human Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise Science II

*ESS 205

3

ESS 207

Human Motor Behavior

 

3

HED 207 Youth Health Issues

3

ESS 212

Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills in PE

ESS 200 or concurrent enrollment

3

ESS 230

Functional Health Knowledge for School Health Educators

ESS 118

3

ESS 231

Introduction to Adapted Physical Education (includes required clinical)

ESS 118

2

ESS 232

Adapted Lifetime Recreation and Sport

ESS 231

      35          Credits

(An additional 24 general education credits are suggested)

*Not open to students who have credit in BIO 312/313 (Anatomy and Physiology I & II)

Requirements for Application to Physical, Adapted and School Health Education(PASHE):

  • Completion of 30 earned, college credits;
  • Completion of courses with a grade of “C” or better--ESS 118, ESS 200 (can be taken concurrently with application), ESS 212, ESS 231, EDS 203, EDS 206
  • Reflection Paper;
  • Interview with PASHE Faculty and Staff;
  • A criminal background check;
  • Note: Meeting minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Semesters 5-6

2

ESS 300 Assessment in Physical and School Health Education Admission to PASHE; Taken concurrently with ESS 361 or ESS 362

3

ESS 302

Physiology of Exercise

‘C’ or better in ESS 206

2

ESS 304

Biomechanics

‘C’ or better in ESS 205

2

ESS 310

Teaching outdoor Pursuits in Physical Education

Admission to PASHE 

3

ESS 330

Skill Development in School Health Education

ESS 230; Admission to PASHE; 

2

ESS 331

Disability and Physical Activity Implications (Fall only)

ESS 231 or RTH 329

1

ESS 361

Physical Education, School Health Education, and Physical Activity Lab I (Fall Only)

Admission to PASHE; Taken concurrently with ESS 366

1

ESS 362

Physical Education, School Health Education, and Physical Activity Lab II (Spring Only)

Admission to PASHE; Taken concurrently with ESS 367

2

ESS 363

Teaching Dance in Physical Education (Spring Only)

Admission to PASHE

3

ESS 364

Teaching Fitness and Wellness in PE (Fall Only)

Admission to PASHE

2

ESS 366

Teaching Target, Net and Wall Activities in PE (Fall Only)

Admission to PASHE; Taken concurrently with ESS 361

2

ESS 367

Teaching Invasion, Striking and Fielding Activities in PE (Spring Only)

Admission to PASHE; Taken concurrently with ESS 362

3

ESS 368

Strength Training Techniques and Programs 

ESS 205; ESS 206

2

ESS 436

Assessment in Adapted Physical Education

Admission to PASHE; ESS 331

30 Credits 

(An additional 24 general education requirements are suggested)

 Semesters 7-8

Credit

Course #

Course Title

PREREQUISITES

2

ESS 310

Teaching outdoor Pursuits in Physical Education

Admission to PASHE 

4 ESS 418 Teaching Methods in School Health Education (Required clinical) Admission to PASHE; ESS 330; ESS 419; Taken concurrently with ESS 420

 4

ESS 419

Elementary Methods and Field Experience I in PE (Required Clinical)

Admission to PASHE; ESS 300; ESS 361; ESS 362; ESS 363; ESS 366; ESS 367

4

ESS 420

Secondary Methods and Field Experience II in PE (Required Clinical)

Admission to PASHE; ESS 310; ESS 364; ESS 368; ESS 419; Taken concurrently with ESS 418

2

ESS 423

Sociocultural Factors in Physical and School Health Education

Admission to PASHE; Junior Standing

3

ESS 424

Curriculum Development and Admin. In Physical and School Health Education

Admission to PASHE; ESS 419

3

ESS 437

Teaching and Service Delivery Models in APE (Fall Only)

Admission to PASHE; ESS 436; Taken concurrently with ESS 419 or ESS 420

3

ESS 439

Teaching and Leadership in APE

Admission to PASHE; ESS 436

25 Credits 

(An additional 3 general education requirements are suggested)

Semester 9 - Student Teaching

Requirements

  1. Students enrolled in Exercise and Sport Science majors must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all required ESS courses.
  2. Complete all academic course work, clinical experiences
  3. Current First Aid and CPR certifications
    1. Certifications must be completed through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association
    2. Must include a practical component
  4. Earn a 2.75 or better grade point averages in the cumulative and in all areas of licensure.

Credit

Course #

Course Title

PREREQUISITES

1

ESS 425

Student Teaching Seminar in Physical Education

Taken concurrently with student teaching; completion of all course work required to student teach; successful completion of PRAXIS II exam

12
OR

EDS 494

Student Teaching

Passing scores on PRAXIS II, concurrent with ESS 425

15

EDS 495

Internship

**,***, concurrent with ESS 425

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers a Coaching Competitive Athletics Concentration, but the concentration does not lead to WI DPI Coaching certification.  If you are interested in learning more about the concentration please contact Dr. Teri Hepler, thepler@uwlax.edu (608) 785-8164.

 

 


 

Application deadline is the third Friday of fall and spring semester (4:00 p.m.)

Application Requirements

  1. Completion of Foundation Courses - Students must earn a C or better in each course.
    • EDS 203 School, Society, and Teachers
    • EDS 206 Multicultural Education
    • ESS 118 Foundations of Physical and School Health Education
    • ESS 200 Introduction to Teaching Methods in Physical and School Health Education (or concurrent enrollment)
    • ESS 212 Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills in Physical Education
    • ESS 231 Introduction to Teaching Adapted Physical Education
  2. Completion of 30 college credits

  3. GPA 
    1. Minimum 2.75 Overall GPA is required to apply for the program and must be maintained throughout the program 

After completing the required coursework you are eligible to submit an electronic application through the School of Education. The application to the program is available on the School of Education teacher education admission webpage

The following materials are reviewed as part of the admissions screening process.*  All items are uploaded by the applicant through the electronic application survey except for the transcript (viewable by the admission committee via WINGS):

  1. Current Resume
    Applicants must visit Career Services as you develop this resume. Please schedule an appointment with Mrs. Brenda Leahy:  bleahy@uwlax.edu or 608-785-8514
  1. An on-line reference form completed by a supervisor (outside of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) who has observed you working directly with children in a physical activity setting.  This reference form can be found on  School of Education teacher education admission webpage.

  2. Teaching Philosophy and Reflection paper – 800 words maximum
    1. This reflection paper is based on a minimum of 8 hours of active involvement with PK-12th grade children in a physical activity setting.
    2. This experience can be either a paid or volunteer position
    3. This paper will be divided into five paragraphs (4-5 sentences per paragraphs)
      1. Philosophy statement (Created in ESS 118) – 300 words maximum
      2. A brief description of the overall experience (who, what, where, when, your specific responsibilities, ages of children)
      3. Address three areas that you recognize need to improvement on to become a more effective physical educator.
      4. Last paragraph ties it all together. Reflect on how your philosophy evolved through this experience.
    4. Unofficial Transcript from UWL (this will be obtained by the committee via WINGS)

* The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. By applying for admission to one of these programs, candidates agree to provide the necessary personal information to UWL in order to initiate their CBC, and to complete their portion of the process prior to the deadline specified in their admission letter.  Teacher candidates are responsible for all costs associated with the criminal background checks. Admission decisions by programs are contingent upon a successful CBC clearance decision by the UWL Office of Field Experience.

Once all application materials have been reviewed and approved, students will be contacted by the interview chair who will set up an interview schedule and solicit applicants to sign up for a 15-minute interview.  The interview questions will be sent to applicants. Interviews will be conducted by three faculty members. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate oral communication skills and ability to relate current issues, content knowledge, experiences, and personal qualifications to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become an effective physical education teacher.

Admission decisions will be sent to students by the School of Education via email within one month following the application deadline.  Students are will formally admitted to the School of Education as ESS - Physical Education Teaching Majors

Questions about the admissions process or timeline should be directed to your advisor.  Questions about using the application survey can be directed to Leah Bauer in the School of Education office at 608-785-8706 or email lbauer@uwlax.edu.

Completion of Minimum Requirements Does NOT guarantee admission into the PASHE Program

Request for a GPA waiver for admission:

Applicants who have extenuating circumstances that have prevented them from meeting the GPA admission criterion may provide a request for a GPA waiver consideration if their GPA is not below 2.70.  The request is submitted through the PASHE electronic admission application survey, and must include:

  • A written statement of appeal. The appeal should include reason(s) why the requirement was not satisfied, and why the committee should approve a waiver in this case ( e.g., in justification of the request, please submit convincing evidence of academic success, personal circumstances beyond your control, prospects for success as a teacher).
  • Two letters of support from faculty/staff/other professionals who can speak to the issue being appealed and to the student's prospects for success as a teacher. 

The student may be asked to meet with the PASHE faculty as part of the appeal process.  The decision after the appeal is final.  Students are allowed to apply for PASHE admission twice during their academic career at UW-La Crosse.

 

Request a Transcript Evaluation

Prospective students are invited to request an evaluation of their transcripts. This will help to determine if any of your prior course work may be applied to the program's requirements. Candidates with a strong academic background in exercise science/kinesiology, and to some degree teacher education, may see a significant reduction in the number of required credits as listed above. You may request a transcript evaluation by sending legible copies of your transcripts and a brief cover letter outlining your career goals to:

Ashley Cree, Academic Services Director/Teacher Certification Officer
College of Science and Health 
UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street 
La Crosse, WI 54604

(608) 785-8127

acree@uwlax.edu