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Physical Education


A graduate of Southeast's physical education program will be qualified to teach physical education in grades PK-12. The program is built around the performance-based model, consistent with the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards. The physical education program infuses technology into student experiences and learning. The program's Motor Development Laboratory is equipped with a stability platform, a photoelectric rotary pursuit, and other tools for measuring perceptual-motor abilities. Teacher candidates in the program also have hands-on experiences with various teaching analysis software. Southeast’s education program differs from that of many other universities by providing you with extensive field experience, beginning with first-hand classroom training and observation during your freshman year and continuing through student teaching during your senior year.

As a student in Southeast’s physical education program, you will receive a full semester of on-the-job student teaching experience, as opposed to the traditional eight or nine weeks of training, thus better preparing you for a career in physical education.

Southeast’s education program’s unique block format, in addition to providing increased professional experience, allows you to meet other students with your major early on, thus enabling you to form common bonds and establish professional relationships with others in your field.

What You'll Do

  • Teach in public and private schools
  • Engage in experiential learning throughout the program
  • Gain hands on experience in local classrooms starting in their second year of study

What You'll Study

  • ED280 Introduction to Teaching
  • SE321 Techniques of Teaching Physical Education
  • SE350 Pedagogy I: Principles of Effective Teaching

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