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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Physical Education, BSEd Major in

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Associate Professor Halliday, Adviser, 516-463-5811

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 and Common Core Standards in schools. Students who successfully complete the program and pass all New York State certification requirements will qualify for New York State initial teaching certification.


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

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

Admission Criteria for the Physical Education Program

During the second semester of the sophomore year (having completed a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work), students should apply for admission to the program. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria. The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.

  • A passing score on the Hofstra Writing Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all course work.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on course work in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Successful completion of the following courses: WSC 001, WSC 002, RHET 001, PSY 001, PSY 153, BIO 103 or 105, FDED 111 or 127, HPR 10, PESP 119, PESP 12 or 47, PESP 15a, 2 s.h. of PESP major activity electives, PESP 25, PESP 159, PESP 13a or 167, PESP 80.
  • Submission of scores on a nationally-normed admissions test (such as the SAT or ACT).

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 103, 104, 155A, 155B, 130A, 130B, 138A, 170, 170A, and the last 30 hours. The 25 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General Education Requirement - Total Semester Hours: 52

Communication Skills WSC 001 , 002 , RHET 001   9 s.h.
History Elective   3 s.h.
Mathematics MATH 008  or other statistics class as approved by the program coordinator 3 s.h.
Philosophy Elective PHI 010 , 014 , 020 , or others as approved by the program coordinator 3 s.h.
Fine Arts DNCE 121   3 s.h.
Literature Elective   3 s.h.
Social Sciences PSY 001 , 153   6 s.h.
Natural Sciences BIO 103 , 105   6 s.h.
Language Other Than English Completion of level 1 in a language other than English, or placement above level 1. (American Sign Language accepted.) 3 s.h.
Information Retrieval and Technology LIBR 001  or PESP 050   1 s.h.
Liberal Arts Electives   12 s.h.
Writing Proficiency Successful completion of the University Writing Proficiency Exam  -


5. Physical Education Skills Courses - Total Semester Hours: 8

A. Required Skills Courses - Semester Hours: 3

B. Elective Skills - Total Semester Hours: 5

a. Sport skills: Select at least one course from each of the following categories (2.5 s.h.)

  1. Net and wall sports: PESP 003A , 033A , 036A  or others as approved by the program director.
  2. Target sports: PESP 002A , 007A , 009A , 014A  or others as approved by the program director.
  3. Outdoor/leisure pursuits: PESP 045 , 046  or others as approved by the program director.
  4. Striking/fielding sports and personal performance sports: PESP 027A , 034A , 039A  or others as approved by the program director.
  5. Team passing sports: PESP 005A , 008A , 010A , 016 , 026A  or others as approved by the program coordinator.

b. Additional elective courses (2.5 s.h.):

  1. Electives chosen from any of the sport skills categories above.
  2. Aquatics: PESP 031 , 042 143  (must meet prerequisites). Students completing PESP 042  and/or PESP 143  may substitute these classes for additional required activity credits at the discretion of the program director.
  3. Dance: PESP 111B  and courses offered in the dance department as approved by the program director.

Coaching Internship Requirement

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 director). A letter from the school district verifying the student’s participation is required for completion of this requirement.

Continuation Requirements

Students who have declared physical education as their major must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in order to continue in the program.


Student Teaching Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 9

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 RHET 001 ;
  3. complete FDED 111  or 127 ; CT 102 ; PESP 103 , 104   135 , 136 155A , 155B , 170 , 170A ; no Ds, Fs or unresolved incompletes in major courses;
  4. a minimum GPA of 2.75.

The following student teaching courses are required:

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of criteria listed above.
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in physical education skills, content, or pedagogy course work.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.75.
  4. Successful completion of all other degree requirements.
  5. Completion of all required Educational 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 Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. There will be opportunities to attend a certification workshop during the student’s final semester, to receive all the necessary information regarding applying for certification. Individuals who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.

All prospective early childhood (birth-grade 2), childhood (grades 1-6), adolescent (grades 7-12) and special subject, students with disabilities, gifted, TESOL, bilingual, literacy, speech and language disabilities teachers, as well as school leadership candidates, are required to pass the New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc., including the Educating All Students Test (EAS), Content Specialty Test(s) (CST) and the edTPA. Prospective School Leaders will be required to take the appropriate leadership exams. For more information regarding state testing, please contact the Office of Educational Support Services at 516-463-5747 or visit www.nystce.nesinc.com.

In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:

  1. Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  2. Fire and Arson Prevention
  3. School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  4. Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse
  5. Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction
  6. Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification in special education, speech and language disabilities or school administrators working in special education, to have training in the area of children with autism.

Hofstra University offers the above listed educational law seminars through the Office of Educational Support Services. All of these seminars must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.

Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, the Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE), requires that applicants for teaching and administrative and pupil services personnel certification and prospective employees of covered schools (school districts, charter schools and BOCES) must undergo fingerprint supported criminal history background check. However, many school districts and institutions across the metropolitan New York area are now requiring that all student teachers, observers, interns or externs receive fingerprint clearance before they are placed in educational settings that are required for this degree program. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for fingerprint clearance upon acceptance to the program. Fingerprint clearance is also required for New York state certification. For information on how to register to be fingerprinted, visit http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/colleges/soeahs/CESS/cess_requirements_fingerprints.html.

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