K-12 Physical Education

The Kinesiology Program offers a track in K-12 Physical Education teaching. This track will lead to K-12 licensure in physical education in the state of New Mexico. Coursework includes education content (e.g., multicultural education, education and technology, etc.); physical education content (e.g. sports and games, lifetime activities, outdoor education, etc.); theoretical content (e.g. motor learning, motor development, biomechanics, etc.); and pedagogical content (e.g. elementary and secondary physical education methods, adapted physical education).

Students will also do a 12-credit student teaching internship their final semester in both an elementary and secondary placement. Please click on the link below to access all course work requirements and descriptions.

Why K-12 Physical Education?

Physical education teaching is the only schooling experience of a young person’s life where the main purpose is to facilitate lifelong physical activity participation. It is the only time in a young person’s schooling experience where everyone regardless of skill level, body size and shape, disability or socio-economic status gets to play. It is the only time in a young person’s schooling experience where the physical and emotional health and well-being are privileged and prioritized.

Physical education teaching is also an opportunity to encourage young people to learn to love all forms of physical activity so that they might grow up to lead healthy, active lives. Physical educators are advocates for communities, schools, families, and individuals to embrace healthy active lifestyles.

Required Courses

The Kinesiology Program offers a track in K-12 Physical Education teaching. This track will lead to K-12 licensure in physical education in the state of New Mexico. Coursework includes education content (e.g., multicultural education, education and technology, etc.); physical education content (e.g. sports and games, lifetime activities, outdoor education, etc.); theoretical content (e.g. motor learning, motor development, biomechanics, etc.); and pedagogical content (e.g. elementary and secondary physical education methods, adapted physical education).

Students will also do a 12-credit student teaching internship their final semester in both an elementary and secondary placement. Please click on the link below to access all course work requirements and descriptions.

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