Physical Education & Human Performance

 

Faculty

D. V. Harackiewicz, Chair, Kaiser 01804; J. Bishop, A. B. Capitao, M. Cummiskey, C. J. Fellows, F. J. Frangione, T. J. McCarthy, P. Morano, V. S. Morley, E. O'Neill, K. B. Pirog, S. H. Smith, K. Kostelis, M. Voight, S. Walsh (Dept. phone: 860-832-2155)

 

Department Overview

The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance offers an undergraduate major in physical education for teacher certification, as well as an option in exercise science and health promotion (not for teacher certification), and a major in athletic training (not for teacher certification). The exercise science and health promotion program is in the process of applying to the Department of Higher Education to be recognized as its own major.

 

Programs

Physical Education
The physical education teacher preparation program prepares future teachers for public and private schools in the state of Connecticut. Those students who successfully complete the program are eligible for certification in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 physical education. The physical education program is accredited by the National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE), an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD).

Exercise Science and Health Promotion
This program option, which is not for teacher certification, prepares students for employment at fitness/wellness centers in corporate, non-profit, clinical, and sports settings. Students are given the necessary cognitive and practical experiences for pursuing certification by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Exercise prescription and implementing individualized fitness programs are emphasized. 

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) certified that the exercise science program at CCSU has completed an accreditation review and is judged to be in compliance with nationally established standards. They have awarded initial accreditation to our exercise science program.

Athletic Training
This program, which is not for teacher certification, prepares students for employment as certified athletic trainers in schools, colleges/universities, professional sports, and sports medicine settings. Students in this program are given the necessary cognitive and psychomotor skills required for certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (BOC). The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

 

Major in Physical Education, BSEd

82 credits in physical education skill and lecture courses as follows:

Lecture Courses (46 credits)

PE 111 Orientation to Physical Education 2
EXS 210 Personal and Community Health 2
EXS 213 Anatomy & Physiology in Human Performance I 3
EXS 214 Anatomy & Physiology in Human Performance II 3
EXS 216 Kinesiology 3
PE 299 Psycho-Social Aspects of PE 3
PE 300 Developmental Movement 3
PE 305 Evaluation in Physical Education 3
PE 405* Elementary Methods in PE 3
PE 406* Adapted Physical Education 3
PE 408* The Curriculum Process in K-12 PE 3
EXS 410* Exercise Physiology 3
PE 416* Organization & Administration of PE 3
PE 417* Secondary Methods in Physical Education 3
PE 420* Lifespan Motor Development 3
PE 422* Motor Learning3
 
Skill Courses (17 credits)
 
PE 219 Methods of Teaching Golf1
PE 273 Tumbling and Gymnastics 2
PE 277 Outdoor Adventure Activities 2
PE 278 Methods of Teaching Games 2
PE 279 Methods of Teaching Team Sports 2
PE 280 Methods of Teaching Racquet Sports 2
PE 374 Methods of Teaching Fitness 3
DAN 272 Creative Dance in Education 2
DAN 377 Modern Dance and Theory1
  
Professional Education Courses (19 credits)
 
EDT 315* Educational Technology in the Secondary School Classroom1
EDTE 314 Applied Learning Theories, K-12 Programs 3
EDF 415* Educational Foundations 3
EDSC 417* Student Teaching, Elementary PE 6
EDSC 419* Student Teaching, Secondary PE 6
 

*Require admission to the professional program prior to enrollment.

Required general education courses:

BIO 111 or BIO 121 or BMS 111, CHEM 111 or CHEM 150 or CHEM 161/162, ENG 110, HIST 161, HIST 162, STAT 104, PHYS 111, PSY 236, and COMM 115.

Note: No minor is required with this major.

Note: For information on admission to the professional program see the page linked here.


Major in Physical Education: Exercise Science and Health Promotion, BS (not certifiable for teaching)

67 credits as follows:

Lecture Courses (61 credits)

EXS 110Concepts in Health & Fitness3
EXS 113Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS 207Anatomy and Physiology in Exercise Science I4
EXS 208Anatomy and Physiology in Exercise Science II4
EXS 215Physiological Aspects of the Human Performance of the Aging3
EXS 216Kinesiology3
EXS 217Care and Treatment of Athletic Injuries3
EXS 307Human Nutrition3
EXS 311Stress Management3
EXS 331Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science3
EXS 376Theories of Strength Training and Conditioning2
EXS 408*Physiology of Sport and Exercise3
EXS 409*Clinical Exercise Physiology3
EXS 415*Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription3
EXS 416*Graded Exercise Testing3
EXS 421*Pharmacology in Sports Medicine 3
EXS 425*Implementation and Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
EXS 450*Practicum in Exercise Science3
EXS 470*Internship in Exercise and Health Promotion6
 
Skill Courses (6 credits) 
 
EXS 275Training for Sport Performance3
EXS 280Leadership in Exercise and Wellness3
 * Require admission to the professional program prior to enrollment

Required General Education Courses:
BIO 111 or BIO 121 or BMS 102 or BMS 111; CHEM 111 or CHEM 150 or CHEM 161/162; ENG 110; HIST 161 or HIST 162; STAT 104, CS 115, PHYS 111, PSY 112, 236, and COMM 140

Note: No minor is required with this major.

Applying for Admission into the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Program
Undergraduate applicants seeking admission to the exercise science and health promotion program are required to submit a file of materials for review by the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance. The applicant's completed file should be submitted prior to September 21 for fall candidates and February 21 (second semester sophomore year) for spring candidates. Applications for admission may be obtained in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, Kaiser Hall, Room 0180.

Requirements for Admission
The following are departmental requirements for admission to the exercise science and health promotion program:

  • Completion of application to the professional program for exercise science and health promotion;
  • Completion of 45 credits of academic work;
  • Successful completion of EXS 207 or 208 or equivalent and EXS 113 or equivalent. Courses must be completed before full admission will be granted.
  • Successful completion of 3 credits of required skills courses including EXS 275 or equivalent or EXS 280 or equivalent. Courses must be completed before full admission will be granted.
  • University GPA of 2.50;
  • Departmental GPA of 2.70;
  • Two letters of recommendation (from persons who can best assess the candidate's potential);
  • The presentation of an essay demonstrating command of the English language, setting out the reasons for wanting to enroll in the program; and emphasizing experiences related to exercise science (500-700 words); and
  • An interview with the personnel committee of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, including at least one exercise science faculty member.

Retention Policy
Once admitted to the professional program, the following requirements must be maintained in order to remain in "good standing" within the exercise science and health promotion program:

  • Students must maintain a University GPA of 2.50;
  • Students must maintain a departmental GPA of 2.70; and
  • A letter grade of C or higher is required in all professional program courses.

Note: Internship assignments require the student to be in good standing by having a University GPA of 2.50 and a major GPA of 2.70.

If a candidate drops below the required GPA levels, and/or fails to get a C or higher in any professional program course, he or she may be denied admission to the professional program courses, practicum courses, and internship assignments until the GPA or grade reaches the appropriate level.

Note: Revisions to the exercise science education program may occur in order to maintain compliance with national accreditation standards. Students should check with the program director and/or the CCSU exercise science website regarding the possibility of new requirements. All practicum courses and internship assignments require the student to be in "good standing."

 

Major in Athletic Training, BS (not certifiable for teaching)

71 credits as follows:

Lecture Courses (56 credits)

EXS 110 Concepts in Health & Fitness 3
EXS 112 Introduction to Athletic Training 2
EXS 207Anatomy and Physiology in Exercise Science I 4
EXS 208 Anatomy and Physiology in Exercise Science II4
EXS 216 Kinesiology 3
EXS 217 Care and Treatment of Athletic Injuries 3
EXS 218 Scientific Basis for Athletic Training 3
EXS 307 Human Nutrition 3
EXS 317 Therapeutics in Athletic Training 4
EXS 332 Psychological Aspects of Sport 3
EXS 408* Physiology of Sport and Exercise 3
EXS 409 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
EXS 413* Organization and Administration of Athletic Training2
EXS 415* Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
EXS 421* Pharmacology in Sports Medicine 3
EXS 440 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training 4
BMS 380 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 6
 
Practicum Courses (15 credits)
 
EXS 275 Training for Sport Performance 3
EXS 315* Practicum in Athletic Training I2
EXS 316* Practicum in Athletic Training II2
EXS 319* Practicum in Athletic Training III2
EXS 445* Internship in Athletic Training 6
* Require admission to the professional program prior to enrollment
 

Required General Education Courses:
BIO 111 or BIO 121 or BMS 102 or BMS 111; CHEM 111 or CHEM 150 or CHEM 161/162; ENG 110, STAT 104, CS 115, PHYS 111, PSY 236, and COMM 140

No minor is required for this major.

Clinical Experience
All students in the athletic training education program are required to complete four semesters of clinical experience in CCSU's athletic training facility, one pre-season experience at CCSU that typically runs from early August to the first day of classes, and a fifth semester in an off-campus affiliation. The BOC and CAATE require a minimum of two years (four semesters) of clinical rotation, which will be under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Emphasis is placed on mastery of the educational competencies over the five semesters of clinical experience.

Applying for Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program
Undergraduate applicants seeking admission to the athletic training education program are required to submit a file of materials for review by the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance. The applicant's completed file should be submitted prior to September 21 for fall candidates and February 21 (second semester sophomore year) for spring candidates. Applications for admission may be obtained in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, Kaiser Hall, Room 0180.

Requirements for Admission
The following are departmental requirements for admission to the athletic training education program. Acceptance into the professional program should be completed by the second semester sophomore year. Students not meeting this deadline must meet with the program director to continue in the professional program.

  • Completion of application to the professional program for athletic training;
  • Successful completion of 200 observation hours in the clinical aspect of athletic training at CCSU;
  • Completion of 45 credits of academic work at CCSU as an athletic training major;
  • Successful completion of EXS 112, EXS 213, and EXS 217 (at CCSU), with a grade of C- or better in all courses;
  • Successful completion of BMS 380, or EMT-B certification;
  • University GPA of 2.50;
  • Departmental GPA of 2.50;
  • Two letters of recommendation (from persons who can best assess the candidate's potential);
  • The presentation of an essay demonstrating command of the English language, citing reasons for wanting to enroll in the program, and emphasizing experiences related to athletic training (500-750 words); and
  • An interview with the personnel committee of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, including at least one clinical supervisor.

Technical Standards for Admission
The technical standards set forth by the athletic training educational program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of an entry-level athletic trainer, as well as meet the expectations of the program's accrediting agency, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). All students admitted to the professional program in athletic training must meet the expectations and display the abilities outlined below. In the event a student is unable to fulfill these technical standards, the student will not be admitted into the program. Further, compliance with the program's technical standards does not guarantee a student's eligibility for the BOC certification exam.

Candidates for admission to the professional program in athletic training at CCSU must show:

  • Demonstrated ability to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts and problem solve to formulate assessment and therapeutic judgments, and to be able to distinguish deviations from the norm;
  • Evidence of sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function, and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations using accepted techniques; and the demonstrated ability to accurately, safely, and efficiently use equipment and materials during the assessment and treatment of patients;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues, including individuals from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, ability to maintain a professional demeanor, establish rapport with patients, and communicate judgments and treatment information effectively. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice;
  • Demonstrated ability to record the physical examination results and a treatment plan clearly and accurately;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain composure and continue to function effectively during periods of high stress;
  • Perseverance, diligence, and commitment to complete the athletic training education program as outlined and sequenced;
  • Demonstration of flexibility and ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in clinical situations; and
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the affective skills that relate to professional education and quality patient care.

Candidates for admission to the professional program in athletic training will be required to verify they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

A student who believes that they have a disability that may impact admission to or successful completion of this program should contact the Student Disability Services in Copernicus, Room 241, 860-832-1900, TTY 860-832-1954. Student Disability Services will evaluate the student's documentation to determine if the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws and so notify the program director of the athletic training education program and the chair of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance.

If a student with a qualified disability states he/she can meet the technical standards with accommodation, then the student and appropriate University personnel will discuss what accommodation(s) may be effective and whether the accommodations requested are reasonable, taking into account clinician/patient safety, and whether the requested accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, including academic standards.

Retention Policy
Once admitted to the professional program, the following requirements must be maintained in order to remain in "good standing" within the athletic training education program.

  • Students must maintain a University GPA of 2.50;
  • Students must maintain a departmental GPA of 2.50;
  • Students must successfully demonstrate required clinical skill competencies; and
  • Students must have a current state of Connecticut or National Registry EMT-B Certification.

If a candidate drops below the required GPA levels and/or fails to complete the clinical skill competencies, he or she may be denied enrollment to professional program courses, practicum courses, and internship assignments until the GPA or competencies reach the appropriate level.

Note: Revisions to the athletic training education program may occur in order to maintain compliance with national accreditation standards. Students should check with the program director and/or the CCSU athletic training education website regarding the possibility of new requirements. All practicum courses and internship assignments require the student to be in "good standing" in addition to having a current state of Connecticut or National Registry EMT-B Certification.

Transfer Students Policy
Transfer students must meet the same course requirements and application procedures as CCSU students. Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits "in residence" at CCSU prior to applying to the professional program. The 15 credits for transfer students may be in general education and/or within the athletic training education program and must include, at CCSU, EXS 112: Introduction to Athletic Training, and EXS 217: Care and Treatment of Athletic Injuries.

Currently, all requests for transfer into the athletic training education program, either by students from other universities or by CCSU students looking to change majors, are handled on a case-by-case basis. The number of students accepted in this manner depends on the number of openings available in a given year.

For acceptance into the athletic training education program, transfer students must complete a required (minimum) 200 clinical hours.

 

Minor in Gerontology

The minor in gerontology provides students with a solid background in different issues related to adult development and aging in order to prepare them to serve the aging population in various capacities. The minor incorporates courses from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Engineering and Technology. For more information, refer to the Gerontology page here.

 

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