Physical EducationBachelor of Science

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You can teach every young student’s favorite class! And instill in children of all ages that physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life.

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The physical education program at Friends University prepares students to teach in grades prekindergarten – 12. This four-year program includes student teaching in both the elementary and secondary levels during either the fall or spring semester of the senior year. Graduates are conditionally licensed to teach by the State of Kansas after successfully completing the degree and passing the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT) and a content test.

Other requirements include admittance into the teacher education program and a cumulative education and content GPA of 2.75 with no “D” grades in the education courses or content areas. Students are encouraged to endorse in another curricular area to increase personal marketability, as physical education is a very competitive field in which to obtain a teaching position. Many students in this major also have an additional interest in coaching sports, such as football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, etc. 83% of recent Physical Education Teacher Education graduates are currently working in teaching or a related field.

Friends Division of Education is nationally accredited, therefore our physical Education Teacher Education graduates are eligible to teach anywhere in the United States. They are finding employment in both public and private, large and small schools. Locally we have graduates teaching in Wichita schools such as South High, Stuckey Middle, Enterprise Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Regionally our candidates are in schools like Winfield High, Wellington High and Haysville Elementary. We also have graduates teaching across the state from Kansas City in eastern Kansas to Satanta in western Kansas. Teachers placed nationally teach from Texas to Florida.

The degree program was designed by physical educators to fully prepare teachers in the latest and best methods of instruction.

Friends University Testimonial

I think others should consider Friends University if they want a quality education that others in the professional world will take seriously. Another factor you should take into consideration, is that once you leave Friends, Friends doesn’t leave you. Once a Falcon always a Falcon.

Ross Foley, Physical Education Teacher Education Graduate/Teacher & Coach at Wellington High School

Program Outcomes

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of content and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content to be taught.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ skills, knowledge and prerequisite relationships.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content-related pedagogy.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design coherent instruction.
    • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Provide quality feedback to students and colleagues.

KSDE Standards 1, 2 and 3. KPTP Focus Area A: analysis of Contextual Information

  • The teacher education candidate will develop and implement an appropriate learning environment where all students are engaged and on task.
    • Recognize and implement factors related to development of a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
    • Establish appropriate expectations for learning and achievement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage common non-instructional duties.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage student behavior appropriately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage all students in learning.

KSDE Standards 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area B: Analysis of Learning Environment Factors

  • The teacher education candidate will appropriately implement and adapt instruction for diverse learners to ensure all learners meet expectations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use questioning and discussion techniques appropriately.
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness toward a diverse population.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of age group characteristics.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage.

KSDE Standards 4, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area C: Instructional Implementation. KPTP Focus Area D: Analysis of Classroom Environment

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Reflect on teaching and its effect on learners’ performance.
    • Maintain accurate records of attendance, lesson completion, and student progress.
    • Serve appropriately as student advocate.
    • Communicate appropriately with families.
    • Maintain cordial relationships with colleagues.

KSDE Standards 5, 6 and 8. KPTP Focus Area E: Analysis of Assessment Procedures. KPTP Focus Area F: Reflection and Self Evaluation

Academic Plan

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Career Options

A degree in Physical Education can be used in more ways than you may think. Take a look at some of the potential careers that can result from this area of study.

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4-Year Career Plan

The path to your future career starts long before graduation. Learn what steps you need to take along the way to put you a step ahead.

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Featured Faculty

Shelly Hoffman

Dr. Shelly Hoffman

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Program Director: Physical Education
  • Education
  • B.S., Wichita State University; M.Ed., Ed.D., Southwestern College

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