May 20, 2018  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Physical Education, B.S.Ed.

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This undergraduate major program is designed to prepare preservice physical education teachers to be scholarly, highly skilled, reflective practitioners able to meet the needs of students with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, and special abilities in all grades. The program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the preservice teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative physical education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards in schools. Successful completion of all program requirements will lead to the University’s recommendation for Initial Certification in physical education.

Associate Professor Halliday, Adviser


For provisional acceptance into the physical education major program, the following are required:

  1. Admission into Hofstra University.
  2. An interview with the program coordinator for advisement and scheduling.

Program Requirements

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Total Semester Hours: 129

Successful completion of at least 129 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts Requirements

At least 63 semester hours must be in liberal arts.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 25 hours in the major field of specialization, including: PESP 138A, 154, 154A, 103, 103A, 104, 104A, 170A, 130A and 130B, and the last 30 hours. The 25 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General and Major Requirements

The following general and major requirements:

a) Communication Skills - Semester Hours: 9

b) History Elective - Semester Hours: 3

c) Multicultural Perspective Elective - Semester Hours: 3

3 semester hours chosen from the following:

d) Mathematics Elective - Semester Hours: 3

e) Philosophy Elective - Semester Hours: 3

3 semester hours chosen from the following:

f) Fine Arts - Semester Hours: 3

g) Literature Electives - Semester Hours: 3

h) Social Sciences - Semester Hours: 6

i) Natural Sciences - Semester Hours: 6

j) Foreign Language Requirements

Language other than English: completion of level 1 in a language other than English, or placement above level 1. (American Sign Language accepted.)

k) Information Retrieval

l) Liberal Arts Electives - Semester Hours: 8

m) Professional Education - Semester Hours: 31

2) Literacy education - Semester Hours: 1

n) Physicial Education Professional Core - Semester Hours: 34

2) Health-related course work - Semester Hours: 4

4 semester hours in health-related course work taken under advisement.

o) Physicial Education Skills Techniques:

1) Minimum 6 s.h. as follows

a) select at least one course from each of the following categories:

(1) Net and wall sports:

(2) Target sports:

(3) Outdoor/leisure pursuits:

(4) Striking/field sports and personal performance sports:

(5) Team passing sports:

b) Additional elective courses:

(1) electives chosen from any of the 5 categories listed above

(2) Aquatics:

(3) Dance:

  • PESP 111B - Aerobic Dance Semester Hours: 2
  • and courses offered in the dance department as approved by the program coordinator  

(4) Officiating:

2) Dance:

3) Cooperative adventure activities:

4) Gymnastics:

5) Fitness:

5. Internship

Students must complete an independent internship experience coaching a middle school or high school interscholastic team for at least one season (or other similar experience as approved by the program coordinator).

6. Successful Completion of the University Writing Proficiency Exam

7. Seminars

Seminars: Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, Fire and Arson Prevention; School Violence Prevention and Intervention; Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse; and Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction.

Student Teaching Requirements

Students who have declared physical education as their major must meet the following standards in order to continue in the program:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
    1. All course work completed at Hofstra University
    2. Required professional education course work
    3. Required physical education skill and professional core course work.

To be admitted to student teaching, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet all continuation requirements as outlined above
  2. Receive a grade of C- or better in SPCM 1
  3. Successfully complete FDED 111 or 127; CT 102; PESP 103, 103A, 104, 104A, 154, 154A
  4. No D’s, F’s or INC in major courses.

Application forms for student teaching may be obtained in the Office of Field Placecement, Hagedorn Hall. Applications must be submitted by October 1 for admission to student teaching in the spring semester and by March 1 for admission to student teaching in the fall semester.


Graduation Requirements

Graduation from the program requires:

  1. Completion of criteria listed in 1-7 above
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education and physical education course work
  3. An overall GPA of 2.5 or better in all course work
  4. Successful completion internship requirements listed in item 5 and all other degree requirements.
  5. Successful completion of all Education Law seminars.

All requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon the successful completion of a teacher education program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. For Initial Certification, students are required to have passing scores on each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W), and the Physical Education Content Specialty Test. Students not receiving passing scores on three examinations, will not be eligible for certification.


It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Certification Examinations prior to student teaching and the Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W) during student teaching. All New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) should be completed prior to graduation. Students not receiving passing scores on both examinations will not be eligible for certification.


* Counted in total credits as required liberal arts course. For admission to student teaching, these courses should be used in the computation of grade point average in the required physical education and skills category.

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