2018-2019 Catalog

Secondary Education, Physical Education, Associate of Science

Teachers change lives – they can open new worlds for students and inspire them to reach their goals.  The K-12 education degree in physical education prepares students to teach in both public and private elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools. Students will be able to teach physical education and health courses.  Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning. The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession.  The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, lesson design, and educational psychology.  The students experience hands-on what it means to be a physical education teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in public school classroom activities as a practicum student.  These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program.  Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

EDCI 1000EDUCATION EXPERIENCE PROSPECTIVE TCHRS

2

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

COMM 2010PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:14

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

BIOL 1010GENERAL BIOLOGY

4

EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

4

APPROVED HISTORY COURSE

3

APPROVED ELECTIVE

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved History Course can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221) or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000). Students transferring to the University of Wyoming should take POLS 1000.
  • Elective credit can be filled with any course.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

    3

    EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    BIOL 2010HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

    4

    CHEM 1000INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

    4

    HLED 1140NUTRITION

    3

    Total Credit Hours:18

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    STAT 2050FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS

    4

    PHYS 1050CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS

    4

    BIOL 2015HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

    4

    APPROVED ELECTIVE

    2

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Elective credit can be filled with any course.
  • Total Credit Hours: 64