Bachelor of Science in KPED, Major in P-8 and 7-12 PE

Students interested in teacher licensure with this degree should contact the chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Kinesiology and Physical Education (P-8 and 7-12) requires successful completion of a minimum of 133 hours, including (1) the general education component, (2) the degree component comprised of EDUC 1240 or passage of the  educational technology test http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/edtechcompexam.php, EDUC 1300 and  EDUC 3309,  and (3) a 23-hour required minor in health education with an emphasis in P-8 and 7-12 school health (see below). General education courses do not count toward the required hours for the major. A grade of C or better is required in all required kinesiology and physical education courses. This is an admissions program.

The minor is under the direction of the teacher candidate's minor advisor. General education courses do not count toward the required hours for the major. A grade of C or better is required in all required health education courses required in the minor.

H ED Minor Courses (23 hours): H ED 2201, 2320, 3300, 3301, 3305, 4303, 4312, and 4331.

[1.1] Major in P-8 and 7-12 Physical Education

KPED core curriculum (17 hours): KPED 2381, 3382, 4230, 4300, 4320, and 4395.

P-8, 7-12 Major Requirements (36 hours): KPED  1125 and 1135, 2203, 2223, 2201 or 2250, 2300, 2340, 3316, 3330, 3331, 3363, 4310, 4380; 4 hours selected from the following courses KPED 2212 or 2215 or 2216 or 2222 or 2224 or 2225 or 2226 or 3200. Note: students must demonstrate proficiency in team sports, outdoor education and recreational games and dance.  Proficiency standards are included in the respective course syllabi.

Coaching Requirements (2 hours): One coaching course selected from KPED 3210, 3211, 3212, 3213, or 3214. Recommended elective courses for prospective coaches are KPED 2395, 3315, 3240, and 4351.

Admission: Admission to the Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) program is required for enrollment in designated upper-division professional kinesiology and physical education courses.

[1.2] Admission Requirements

The following minimum requirements must be met for admission to the KPED program:

  1. Complete a minimum of forty-five (45) credit hours with a cumulative, major, and minor grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Prior to admission, transfer students with no previous coursework at UCA must also establish a 2.5 GPA in a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours.
  2. Complete KPED or H ED 1320 with a grade of C or better.
  3. Complete 34 hours of pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better:  BIOL 1400 or 1410, HED 2201, KPED 1125 and 1135, 2201 or 2250, 2223, 2300, 2381 and 4 hours selected from the following courses KPED 2212, 2215 or 2216, 2222, 2224, 2225, 2226,  MATH 1390 or 1392 or 1395 or 1491 or 1580 or 1496 (formerly 1591), SPCH 1300, WRTG 1310 and 1320, with no grade less than a C.
  4. Complete H ED 2201 with a grade of C or better.  While H ED 2201 is the only required pre-admission minor course, a student's minor grade point average for admission will be calculated on all required minor courses completed.
  5. Completion of an Application for Admission. This form may be obtained from the Kinesiology and Physical Education Departmental Office, Room 120 in the Farris Center.
  6. Complete EDUC 1240 - Educational Technology Skills with a grade of C or better or pass the Educational Technology Competency Exam.  Testing schedules and registration information for the exam, as well as study guide and tutorials, are available (see: http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/edtechcompexam.php).
  7. Pass the PETE Fitness Test comprised of the following items: (a) 1.5 mile run, (b) sit-ups, (c) push-ups, (d) trunk flexion, and (e) body composition.  Students initially complete the PETE Fitness Test while enrolled in KPED 1125 and KPED 1135.  Should a student fail to pass all test items while enrolled in KPED 1125 and 1135, two fitness test administrations are given each semester and during the summer.  Students should check with their academic advisors regarding testing dates, times and location.
  8. Pass the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test.  The current UCA minimum pass scores are: Reading 172, Math 171, and Writing 174.  Students are advised to take the PRAXIS I exam during their freshman year.  Admission to the program will be delayed until minimum scores on each section are achieved.
  9. Earn a passing score on the Developmental Portfolio by the established deadlines set by the PETE program.  The required elements of the portfolio (i.e. admissions checklist, transcript, resume, personal narrative, Praxis I booklet score report, verification of skill proficiencies, documentation of CPR certification, documentation of passing scores on all PETE fitness test items, professional membership and professional service activities) and deadlines for submission are given to students during enrollment in KPED 2300 - Principles of Kinesiology and Physical Education.  Note:  KPED 2300 must be completed at UCA.
  10. Maintain professional dispositions/behaviors in interactions and communications with faculty, peers, and other professionals.  Professional dispositions and behaviors are evaluated in each required major course.
  11. Submit two recommendations supporting admission's application to the College of Education.  Recommendations must be submitted by student's KPED 2300 and EDUC 1300 instructors. KPED 2300 must be completed at UCA.
  12. Complete a successful interview and receive a positive recommendation for admission from the PETE faculty serving on the admission committee.

Note: Summer admission to the KPE program is offered at the discretion of the KPE department. Students should complete admission during the spring semester for admission the following fall to ensure continuously matriculation.

Upon admission to the PETE program, teacher candidates must: Purchase a subscription to Chalk and Wire, an online system through which teacher candidate's assessments are collected, evaluated, and stored for analysis. Chalk and Wire is used by all teacher education programs. A subscription may be purchased for one year and then renewed for a subsequent year or a two-year subscription may be purchased. (see: http://uca.edu/education/teachereducation/chalkandwire.php).

[1.3] Retention in Kinesiology and Physical Education Program

Following acceptance into the KPE program, to remain in good standing a student must

  1. Maintain a cumulative, major, and minor grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of required KPED core and major courses with a grade of C or better.
  3. Completion of required minor courses with a grade of C or better.
  4. Complete early field experiences and internship I. Teacher candidates should be knowledgeable of and adhere to the regulations and policies contained in the Early Field Handbook and the related policies, information, forms, and candidate's responsibilities  (see: http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/fielddocs.php).
  5. Maintain a subscription to Chalk and Wire throughout enrollment in the PETE program. (see: http://www.uca.edu/education/teachereducation/chalkandwire.php).
  6. Submit documentation of continued membership in national and student professional organizations while enrolled in the PETE program.
  7. Submit documentation of participation in a minimum of three professional service activities each semester while enrolled in the PETE program.
  8. Maintain professional dispositions/behaviors in interactions and communications with faculty, peers, and other professionals. Professional dispositions and behaviors are evaluated in each required major course.
  9. Earn an acceptable score on the summative evaluation of the Level I performance standards based upon Teacher Performance Outcomes Assessment (TPOA) during KPED 4380 - Internship I to advance from Level I to Level II.
  10. Submit a copy of the entire PRAXIS II score report documenting passage of the PRAXIS II Subject Area Tests to the KPED 4380 - Internship I instructor.  A score of 144 or better is required on the Health and Physical Education Content Knowledge (test # 0856).  A score of 150 or better is required on the Physical Education: Movement Forms - Analysis and Design (test # 0092). Should a teacher candidate fail to meet the passing score by the end of the term of enrollment in KPED 4380, an X grade will be awarded.  A passing score on both PRAXIS II Subject Areas Tests is required in order to enroll in KPED 4690 and 4691 - Internship II (student teaching).

Failure to meet retention standards will result in suspension and/or removal from the program.

A formal review by the Admissions and Retention Committee (ARC) will occur before a student will be allowed to enroll in internships. The outcomes of this review will determine whether the student will be permitted to continue in the KPE program. The review may result in a remediation plan rather than dismissal. Decisions to remove a student from the KPE program will be recommended by the ARC and approved by the program coordinator, department chair, and college dean.

[1.4] Program Exit Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements and submit the following documentation to the chair of the Kinesiology and Physical Education prior to graduation.

  1. Maintain a cumulative, major, and minor grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Complete all required KPED, H ED and EDUC courses with a grade of C or better.
  3. Earn a passing score on the Internship I Portfolio submitted through Chalk and Wire. The content, grading rubric, and deadlines for submission and completion are presented during candidate's enrollment in KPED 4380 - Internship II.  Should a candidate fail to meet the passing score on the final portfolio by the stipulated deadline, X grades in KPED - 4380 will be awarded.
  4. Earn a passing score from the PETE faculty on the oral presentation of the Internship I Final Portfolio.  Note: the oral presentation of the portfolio cannot be scheduled until a passing score on the final portfolio is achieved.   Should a candidate fail to earn a passing score on the oral presentation by the end of the semester of enrollment in KPED 4380 - Internship I, an X grade will be awarded.
  5. Submit a completed PETE Exit Survey to the KPED office no later than the last day of regularly scheduled classes.  Exit surveys will be distributed to teacher candidates by KPED 4380 instructors.  Should a candidate fail to submit the exit survey by the stipulated deadline, the candidate may not participate in the exit interview and X grades will be awarded for KPED 4380 - Internship I until the requirement is met.
  6. Participate in an exit interview conducted by the Chair of the KPED Department during finals week. Teacher candidates are notified by email regarding the specific date, time and location of the exit interview.  Should a teacher candidate fail to participate in the exit interview, X grades will be awarded for KPED 4380 - Internship I until the requirement is met.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism through continued membership in the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and join at least one additional professional organization (e.g. Arkansas AHPERD).  
  8. Complete Application for Graduation by the deadline established by the university and listed at academic calendar.

[1.5] Retention in Field Experiences/Internship

A student may be removed from a field experience, clinical, or internship when any of the following occurs:

  1. The appropriate authority states that the student's presence in the classroom and/or clinical site is not in the best interest of the school's students or the clinic's clients and/or the appropriate authority requests that the student be removed.
  2. The student exhibits unprofessional, unethical and/or unlawful behavior.
  3. A decision has been made that the student cannot receive a grade of C or better in a field experience or internship course.

[1.6] Appeals of Admission and Retention Decisions

If the student so desires, he/she may submit a formal appeal of an admission or retention decision. In such a situation, a student can only initiate an appeal after seeking resolution with the program's Admission and Retention Committee. An appeal must be based on exceptional and extenuating circumstances and other pertinent information not previously available or considered. A formal appeal must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the College (CHAS) within five business days of being notified of admission or retention status. The Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences will transmit the appeal to KPE Academic Appeals Committee. The candidate may appeal to the CHAS dean, in writing, within five business days of the committee's decision. The student may appeal to the Provost, in writing, within five business days of the Dean's decision.

[2] Courses in Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPED)

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