Jan 26, 2020  
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Movement and Sports Studies / Physical Education and Health/Family and Consumer Science Teacher Licensure

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Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Movement and Sport Studies

(Typically 133 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

The dual licensure program will prepare students to become teachers of both physical education and health/family and consumer science. The course of study is designed so students meet all of the requirements needed to complete our state-approved physical education and health/family consumer science teacher licensure programs. The integration of classroom learning with hands-on practical experience will uniquely equip students for successful careers in both public and private school settings. Initial involvement and practical experience with school children of all ages begins in the first academic year, and continues throughout all four years. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for three teaching licenses: Health/Family Consumer Science (PreK-12), Physical Education (PreK-8), and Physical Education (5-12). Being licensed to teach physical education and health/family and consumer sciences makes graduates of this program more marketable and enhances their employment opportunities. 

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Stephen Coulon, chairperson of the Physical Education and Health Education Department, at (413) 748-3029, or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.


I. General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.  For specific requirements, see the General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)  section or the Sequencing Guide for this major.

II. Major Requirements

A. Core Requirements (46 credits)

C. Specific Fieldwork/Practicum Requirement (16 credits)

III. Additional Requirements for the Phys. Educ. and Health/Family and Consumer Science Teacher Lice

Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program

Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements in order to become an official candidate for licensure and get admitted to a specific teacher preparation program.  This typically occurs prior to the student’s junior year or the equivalent for transfer students.

  1. Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology for elementary/special education; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement and sports studies for physical education; art/studio art concentration or art therapy for art education; and health studies for health education.
  2. Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
  3. Earn a minimum 3.250 cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure courses in the dual certification program. This includes all subject matter knowledge coursework as well as teacher preparation professional coursework.  See educator preparation homepage on our website for specific lists of ‘Prerequisites and Program Requirements’ for each licensure program.
  4. Earn a minimum 3.000 cumulative grade point average.
  5. Earn minimum grades specified for designated courses.
  6. Demonstrate the personal characteristics/professional behaviors needed to become a quality teacher (i.e., responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
  7. Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate major department and the Education Department.  (For students in health and physical education, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and Health Education Department.)
  8. Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Note: Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience.

Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must fill out the application for admission. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator Preparation Office. 

The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council.


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