Students must take KNPE 225, Fundamental Sport Skills I, during the first 15 semester hours of their program. KNPE 226, Fundamental Sport Skills II, and KNPE 335, Developmental Skill- Based Approach to Teaching, must be taken within the first 30 semester hours of their program.
All students seeking certification to teach physical education must submit a satisfactory electronic teaching portfolio to complete student teaching requirements. Students are urged to take KNPE 200, Introduction to Teaching Physical Education, during their first semester in order to begin the portfolio.
Intermediate-level swimming skills are required for completion of this degree. Students may fulfill the requirement with KNPE 170, with proficiency, or by holding current YMCA or American Red Cross certification. Students are strongly urged to gain water safety instructor certification (KNPE 231).
All students seeking admission to teacher education are required to have an overall minimum GPA of 2.75, a grade of C or better in all core competency requirements (12 semester hours), and pass the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency. These requirements must be met prior to admission to KNPE 343. Admission to KNPE 343 constitutes admission to teacher education in physical education. Once admitted to the program, students must provide proof of valid First Aid/CPR certification (American Red Cross or American Heart Association) each semester. In accordance with ISBE requirements, students must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses in order to be eligible for certification: KNPE 200 KNPE 335, KNPE 340, KNPE 343, KNPE 344, KNPE 348, KNPE 364, KNPE 365, KNPE 366, KNPE 367, KNPE 368, KNPE 421, KNPE 446, KNPE 449, KNPE 466, KNPE 467, KNPE 468, KNPE 490, KNPE 492. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their advisers as the teacher preparation program in physical education is tightly sequenced.
The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.
Check departmental information for any additional requirements.