Physical Education Teacher Certification
The Physical Education (PEK) degree is for students wishing to teach Physical Education in public or private schools. The degree plan prepares students for successful completion of the certification requirements outlined by the State of Texas. Upon graduation, students may be certified to teach in grades Preschool - 12 in Physical Education/Wellness only, however students are encouraged to seek certification in a second teaching field through the use of core curriculum and support field electives.
The 120-hour degree plan includes a full semester of student teaching in a public school setting after the completion of course work. These field experiences differ for each student, and are fit to meet the student’s interests.
Students in the PEK program will participate in several different levels of field experiences during the three phases of their professional development program:
Phase I: Independent development opportunities
Students will be required to engage in 100 hours of self-directed field experiences in the schools, community, coaching or tutoring settings. Students may begin working on these hours upon entering the first phase of the program, and should seek direction from their advisor regarding the qualified experiences. Documentation of the 100 hours is required and students should use a Documentation Log to track these hours.
Phase II: Professional development sequence: Early field-experience
In phase II, within the context of HEFB/KNFB 222, students will be required to complete 45 hours of self-directed field work evenly divided between school, community, and coaching/tutoring settings. These 45 hours will be part of the overall 100 hours of self-directed experiences. No other course work experiences will be counted in the 100 hours from the independent development opportunities.
As students’ progress through phase II a variety of directed field experiences will occur within the different courses. Students will need to be aware that when taking courses listed in the professional development sequence (see below) additional hours outside of class meetings will be required. The amount of time required is indicated with each course listed.
Field experiences are designed to prepare students for the unique settings they will encounter as either health or physical educators. Classroom experiences are provided in a support field of the students choosing to enhance their ability to teach additional content such as science, math, English etc.
Phase III: Professional development sequence: Student teaching
In the final phase of the program, all students will participate in a semester long (12 week) student teaching experience aligned with public school calendars in the state of Texas. During this experience they will be placed in both their primary teaching field of either health or physical education and in their self-selected support field of science, math, English etc.
The following are important rules and information for the Teacher Certification process.
Student teaching is the capstone experience for all teacher preparation degree plans. As such, all courses on the students’ degree plan have to be successfully completed prior to student teaching. In addition, students must meet all College of Education and Human Development requirements before entering student teaching. Students are not allowed to take additional courses to complete program or university requirements during the student teaching semester or after completing student teaching. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Personnel in the appropriate programs in the CEHD make student teaching arrangements. For student teaching experiences, generally, you will not be placed in a high school you attended, nor will you be placed with teachers you know or teachers whom your relatives or friends know or in a school where your relatives work. For the good of teacher candidates, departments in the CEHD make every effort to avoid even the appearance of favoritism so that the validity of your degrees and/or credentials will not be questioned.
The state requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 for admission to upper-level education programs and for teacher certification. Once admitted into upper-level coursework students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher (as specified by program). Check with your advisor for program specific requirements.
Code of Ethics
All students in the degree plans leading to teacher certification must complete the on-line Ethics module prior to participating in field-based experiences. In addition to the Aggie Honor Code, it is the expectation that all students working on degree plans leading to teacher certification through the CEHD will abide by the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators as put forth by the Texas Administrative Code. Any violation of these Codes may result in dismissal from the CEHD.
Undergraduate students enrolled in the professional phase of teacher preparation programs incur a differential tuition charge of $300 in each of semesters with upper-level coursework. This differential tuition helps support field experiences, supervision, scholarships and international/urban experiences in culturally diverse settings.
Course content, state requirements and teaching certification areas are constantly under revision. It is the expectation that students with certification granting degree plans out of the CEHD will take the certification exams at the appropriate time during their coursework. Upon graduation, they should complete the certification process. To provide quality teachers to the students in the State of Texas, the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M have instituted the following:
- Option #1: Certification (exams and issuance of the teaching certificate through TEA) will need to be completed within twelve months post-graduation.
- Option #2 Not applicable for this program.
- Option #3: Graduates who request certification after two years post-graduation will be referred to an alternative certification program. Returning graduates are responsible for all expenses associated with the alternative certification program.
Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.