The course of study for a physical education degree, including the semester-long internship, takes an average of four and a half years to complete, but can be completed in four years by working with your advisor, taking summer coursework and planning your courses well. You have the option of pursuing a B.S. degree, with or without an additional minor. Adding a minor to your course of studies will strengthen your knowledge base, make you more well-rounded academically and create a higher demand for your skills in the competitive job market.
Specific academic plans, including the course titles and credit hours, can be downloaded from the quick links to the right.
The following guide will give you an general overview of what to expect during your course of studies while in the program.
During your first year in the program, you will work to satisfy the University of Idaho’s core educational requirements and the HPERD core courses such as Introduction to Physical Education and Movement Fundementals.
The second year will begin to focus on individual and community physical activity, health enhancement, movement, skill and foundation courses . These courses are designed to provide an undertanding of how movement affects human phsyiology and behavior. Upon completion of the first semester of the sophomore year and a minimum of (is it 26 or 36?) credits, students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
Students seeking a minor should take classes in the summer after second year to stay on track with the added course work.
Third year will broaden your scope to include understanding leadership roles as they pertain to education. Following acceptance into the Teacher Education program you will begin pedagogy courses, exploring the principles of leadership, program planning and administrative functions of physical education teachers. Juniors should take the Proseminar during the summer to...(what is this?) Those seeking minors will also take an extra class this summer.
This year focuses on physical activity pedagogy to develop a student's understanding of teaching methods. Students must apply for an internship to complete their professional development in the last semester. Find out more about the student teaching internships and download an application.
*Those on a 4 1/2 year plan with a minor will complete their regular course work in year 4 and perform an internship during the following semster.
In your last year, you should apply for your degree and certification to teach K-12 in the state of Idaho.