Undergraduate Academic Programs
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK), Teacher Preparation-All Grade Major
The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Program prepares students to be successful teachers of physical education. Through their training in this program, graduates make a valuable contribution by promoting healthy lifestyles and vigorous physical activity through school-based physical education programs.
Apply online for undergraduate admission to Indiana University at http://admit.indiana.edu/.
A newly admitted freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree with a major in teacher preparation-all grade receive an offer of direct freshman admission to this teacher preparation program if he or she meets both of the following criteria:
- The applicant must have earned one of the following minimum standardized test scores: A combined critical reading and math score of 1270 on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or a composite score of 29 on the ACT (American College Test).
- The applicant must have either graduated in the top 12 percent of his or her high school graduating class or earned a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
Admission to the PETE program
Students seeking admission to the PETE program in the Department of Kinesiology are eligible for consideration under the following conditions:
- Completion of 26 credit hours of college course work that count toward graduation
- University GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Completion of the following two prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C in each course:
- SPH-K140 Foundations of Physical Education
- SPH-K141 Fundamentals of Human Movement
- Formal application to the program, including:
- submission of a completed application form to the SPH Office of the Dean in SPH 115 by March 1 for fall admission. Complete the online application form at https://www.indiana.edu/~hperweb/pete/.
- three letters of recommendation
- personal interview
Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)
Students who want to obtain a teaching certificate must be admitted to the School of Education (SOE) Teacher Education Program (TEP) as well as the Physical Education Teacher Education Program (PETE) in the School of Public Health - Bloomington. The admission process to the SOE TEP is separate from admission to the School of Public Health - Bloomington programs. It is recommended that students seek admission to the TEP early in their sophomore year. TEP standards must be met before the student may be admitted to the TEP, and admission to the TEP is required to enroll in advanced professional education courses. Information and access to admission information to the TEP is available at info.educ.indiana.edu/teachered. Required TEP admission standards include:
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
- The PETE program requires enrollment or completion of EDUC-M 300, EDUC-P 254/M 201, and SPH-K 200 (Students who earn less than a grade of C in any of these courses must retake the course and earn a minimum grade of C before student teaching.)
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in 12 credit hours of the student's major
- Passing scores on the PRAXIS I: Academic Skills Assessment in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
International applicants for admission to a second undergraduate degree program in the School of Public Health - Bloomington, whose primary language is not English, must satisfy one of the following criteria before being considered for admission directly into one the School's degree programs:
- submission of a minimum score on the Test Of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL), of 550 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the Internet-based test.
- submission of a minimum score of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- proof of completing at least three full years of secondary school in a predominantly English speaking country. A current list of such countries can be found here.
For students from countries where the TOEFL and the IELTS are not available, other evidence of English proficiency may be considered.
All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take a special examination in English with IU prior to registering. Prepared by IU and designed to test a student’s ability to use English in an academic setting, the exam consists of three parts: an essay on a general topic, a listening comprehension exercise, and a grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension section. There is little that one can do to prepare for this exam other than to continue using written and spoken English at every opportunity. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of the results of this test.
International students whose primary language is not English must agree to take any English language courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned do not meet degree requirements. If the results of the proficiency examination indicate that full-time work in English is required, the student will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If a student has serious doubts about English ability and is not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, the student should consider completing English study in the student’s home country. In addition, the student may consider delaying admission to a future session.
This is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree with license to teach grades K-12. Students admitted to this program are selected from a pool of applicants. Graduation requirements include:
- completion of general education requirements.
- completion of teacher preparation-all grade major requirements.
- a minimum of 120 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program.
- a minimum grade of C in oral and written communication courses.
- a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- a minimum 2.5 GPA in all major courses.
- a minimum 2.5 GPA in all professional education courses.
- No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
Passing scores on the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II are required for licensure.
General Education (20 – 39 credits)
All undergraduate students must complete the IU Bloomington campus-wide general education common ground requirements. Such students must visit the 2013-2014 General Education Bulletin to view these requirements.
Major (90 cr.)
Physical Education Core Requirement (49 cr.)
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in SPH-K Kinesiology courses.
Complete each of the following courses:
- SPH-K 140 Foundations and Principles of Physical Education (2 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 141 Fundamentals of Human Movement (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 200 Microcomputer Applications in Kinesiology (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.)
- SPH-K 216 Current Concepts and Applications in Physical Fitness (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 219 Performance and Teaching of Stunts and Tumbling and Novice Gymnastics (1 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 224 Teaching Dance Activities (2 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 280 Basic Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
- SPH-K 283 Group Fitness Practicum (2 cr.)
- SPH-K 391 Biomechanics (3 cr.)
- SPH-K 398 Adapted Physical Education (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 409 Basic Physiology of Exercise (3 cr.)
- SPH-K 450 Topic: Introduction to Kinesiology and Public Health (3 cr.)
- SPH-K 490 Motor Development and Learning (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
Must be admitted to the PETE program to take the following:
- SPH-K 203 Teaching Practicum in Physical Education (1 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 214 Basic Methods Teaching Physical Education (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 303 Physical Education Laboratory/Field Experience (0 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 313 Tools of Learning (1 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 314 Intermediate Methods in Physical Education (3 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 323 Teaching Individual Dual Activities (2 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 325 Teaching of Team Sports (2 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
- SPH-K 414 Professional Seminar in Physical Education (1 cr.) (Minimum grade of C required.)
Professional Education Requirements (33 cr.)
A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the following professional education courses. A minimum full C grade is required in each course.
Complete each of the following courses:
- EDUC-H 340 Education and American Culture (3 cr.)
- EDUC-M 201 Laboratory Field Experience (2 cr.)
- EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
- EDUC-P 254 Educational Psychology, All-Grade (3 cr.)
Student must pass the PRAXIS I exam and be admitted to the teacher education program before taking the following five courses:
- EDUC-M 403 Laboratory Field Experience (0 cr.)
- EDUC-M 456 Methods of Teaching Physical Education (3 cr.)
- EDUC-M 464 Methods of Teaching Reading (3 cr.)
- EDUC-M 425 Student Teaching, Elementary (8 cr.)
- EDUC-M 480 Student Teaching, Secondary (8 cr.)
Additional Required Courses (8 cr.)
- Complete each of the following courses:
- CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.) +(A&H) (minimum grade of C required)
- PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.) +(N&M)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Requirement
A student applying to graduate with with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree in the physical education teacher preparation program must present evidence of current CPR certification to the School of Public Health - Bloomington recorder's office in SPH Room 115 at the time the student applies for graduation. The document submitted must display a date which indicates that the student is currently certified in CPR. Certification in CPR is only acceptable from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.
+ Courses followed by a A&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, arts and humanities requirement.
+ Courses followed by a N&M notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, natural and mathematical sciences requirement.
Optional Cognate in Health Education (30 cr.)
(C minimum in each course, no Pass/Fail)
Completion of the following courses will prepare students to take the health education PRAXIS exam and develop competencies required for middle and high school health education teacher certification. This cognate, when added to a teaching degree in another field, extends the time required for degree completion. A normal four-year bachelor's degree becomes a five-year degree when this cognate is added.
Health Content Courses (19 cr.)
- SPH-F 255 Human Sexuality (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- SPH-H 174 Violence Prevention in American Society (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- SPH-H 180 Stress Prevention and Management (3 cr.)
- SPH-H 205 Introduction to Public and School Health (S/F)1 (1 cr.)
- SPH-H 263 Personal Health (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- SPH-H 318 Drug Use in American Society (3 cr.)
- SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health (3 cr.)
- SPH-H 352 Secondary School Health Curriculum and Strategies (3 cr.)
- SPH-H 353 Field Observation (1 cr.)
- SPH-H 452 Secondary School Health Instruction and Assessment (3 cr.)
- SPH-H 453 Microteaching Lab for Health Education (1 cr.)
- SPH-H 464 Coordinated School Health Programs (3 cr.)
- First Aid/CPR certification earned in SPH-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care, or via community resources. Certification in CPR is only acceptable from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.
- PRAXIS Health Education exam with a passing grade
- Health Education student teaching experience along with health student teaching
Suggested Teacher Preparation Courses for the First-Year Student
CMCL-C 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition 1 (3 cr.) or equivalent
SPH-K 140 Foundations of Physical Education (2 cr.)
SPH-K 141 Fundamentals of Human Movement(3 cr.)
SPH-K 450 Topic: Introduction to Kinesiology and Public Health(3 cr.)
Mathematical Modeling Course (3 cr.)
SPH-K 200 Microcomputer Application in Kinesiology (3 cr.)
SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.)
SPH-K 216 Current Concepts of Physical Fitness (3 cr.)
SPH-K 280 Basic Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
Social and Historical Studies Course (3 cr.)
At the department level students may participate in the PETE Majors Club and/or the Kinesiology Club. Students are also encouraged to join the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IASPHD). Through this professional organization as well as the Department of Kinesiology, students may compete for scholarships and professional recognition.
Graduates with this degree are prepared to become teachers in school-based (grades K-12) physical education programs and coaches in interscholastic sport programs.