Education - Physical
This major is designed for individuals who enjoy participation in sport, exercise and physical activity, and are interested in working with children and youth. The Physical Education curriculum focuses on kinesiology disciplinary content knowledge and skills, and teacher education knowledge and skills that are essential for effective teachers of physical education. Students who successfully complete this program may apply for certification to teach physical education at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.
This is a selective program in which interested students declare Pre-Physical Education as a major. Once students meet the admission criteria for the teacher education program, they are admitted to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program and may proceed to complete the educational professional semester courses. Upon successful completion of the program may apply for teaching certification to teach P-12 Physical Education.
Welcome to your student teaching semester, the culminating experience for your teacher education program at Northern Kentucky University. Please review the information and webpage links listed below for information about student teaching. If you have additional questions, please call the COEHS advising office at 859-572-6944.
1. Entering the student teaching semester requires many steps and your primary goal is to stay in touch with your advisor every semester.
2. See requirements for admission to student teaching in the student teaching handbook on the Education web site.
When do I apply?
Applying for student teaching is a two step process.
1. Two semesters prior to student teaching check the COEHS Advising Center web site for application meeting schedule.
2. One semester prior to student teaching attend one of the application meetings. Note: The application meetings are held in the early weeks of the semester prior to the student teaching semester.
How do I apply?
1. At the application meetings, you will be given the forms and the information you need to complete the application process.
Student Teaching Glossary
* Student Teacher – NKU student who is placed in an accredited school(s) for 16 weeks for supervised mentoring.
* Cooperating Teacher – A qualified professional who mentors and evaluates the student teacher.
* University Supervisor – A university representative who assesses and recommends the grade.
* Coordinator of Student Teaching – Assists student teachers through application process, placement, and final assessment.
What is the PCWCP?
The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) has been implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children and ten university undergraduate social work programs in order to better serve the children and families in this state.
The goal of this program is to fill the ranks of Child Welfare Workers with the most competent and well-trained workers who can provide high quality services immediately following employment.
The Cabinet has partnered with the Universities to offer Bachelor Social Work juniors and seniors their academic program in conjunction with participating in the Cabinet’s child welfare training curricula prior to graduation. These students are provided full instate tuition, a stipend and must complete a two year employment commitment with the Cabinet upon successful completion of this program.
Contact Us: Teacher Education Program | COEHS | Phone 859.572.5624 | Email TeacherEducation@nku.edu