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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education, B.S.

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Advisement for the major is available from the Secondary and Physical Education  Department

Physical Education, B.S. Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

The Bachelor of Science in physical education teacher education is a professional preparation program that prepares physical education teachers for K-12 teaching. This teacher preparation program provides students with the pedagogical and content knowledge necessary to teach in the public and private sector. The physical education major is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This program includes a General Education experience, a theoretical core of foundation courses, and a professional semester clinical experience in the fall of the senior year followed by a professional semester, half in an elementary school and the other half in a middle or high school. Physical education majors are exempt from the General Education requirement of FTWL 106 - Lifelong Fitness and Wellness  by earning a minimum grade of C in PHED 175 .

Candidates who successfully complete the physical education major are eligible to apply for Maryland State Department of Education certification in physical education, grades K-12.

Pre-Professional Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 56 hours in the physical eduction program with an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher (including transfer courses that apply to the major). Any courses older than seven years are subject to review for acceptance toward fulfilling degree requirements.

  • Complete a minimum of 30 observation hours in approved field experience placement.

  • Show satisfactory results on Praxis Core, SAT or ACT examinations as defined by the Maryland State Department of Education (see education advisor regarding passing scores) OR have a minimum cumulative SU GPA of 3.0.*

    *Note: Students who enter the professional teaching program with a 3.0 GPA in lieu of basic skills test scores must also graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to obtain their teacher certification in the State of Maryland. See education advisor for approval to take this option.  

  • Exhibit appropriate professional program candidate dispositions. Professional dispositions are the values, commitments  and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues and communities and affect student learning, motivation and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth.

Professional Program Admission Requirements

In order to enroll in professional education program courses, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet with your advisor at an early stage to plan for and complete the application for admission to the program.

  • Complete an application for formal admission to the professional program. Obtain written approval of the application from advisor.

  • Complete a minimum of 56 college credits with a minimum of 2.50 GPA, including transfer credits.

  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, including transfer credits.

  • Complete all pre-professional requirements. 

Internship Requirements

Candidates must meet the following requirements for internship:

  • Complete the written application for internship.

  • Complete at least 90 credits toward the degree with grades of C or better, including transfer courses.

  • Provide evidence of SHAPE Maryland professional membership.

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.50, including transfer credit.

  • Complete Methods courses with a minimum GPA of at least 2.75 with no grade below C, including transfer credit.

  • Students may repeat education courses only once.

  • Obtain verification of completion of requirements from the physical education program director.

Graduation Requirements

  • Official scores on all certification examinations required by the State of Maryland must be sent from the testing company to Salisbury University as a requirement for graduation. To graduate and become certified in Maryland, teacher candidates must complete edTPA and take the appropriate Praxis II exams for their disciplines. Students must complete certification exams required by the Maryland State Department of Education and submit an official score report to Salisbury University. Documentation of submission of the edTPA can be accepted in lieu of official scores on it.

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.50.

  • Earn a professional program GPA of 2.75 with no professional program course grade below C.

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IA (Composition), IIIB (Social Science), IVA (Lab Science), V (Health Fitness)

Pre-Professional Requirements

Earn a GPA of 2.75 or Higher with Grades of C or Better for the Following Courses:

* May be repeated only once.

** Majors are exempt from FTWL 106  by earning a grade of C or better in PHED 175 .

Additional Requirements

Complete the Following With Grades of C or Better:

Courses that are completed prior to admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program will be used in the calculation of the admission GPA.

# Must be taken concurrently with PHED 410 , PHED 420  and PHED 430 .

Professional Education Requirements - Methods

Complete with a GPA of 2.75 with No Grade below C; Courses May Be Repeated Only Once:

Internship Requirements

Praxis II and edTPA (must be taken before graduation)

  • Content Knowledge (date):

  • edTPA (date): 

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