Kinesiology, Physical Education Teaching Emphasis, Comprehensive Major

Teaching (Code 991-065)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

University Requirements in Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences

College Requirements for Teacher Education

All candidates for teacher education baccalaureate degrees must also meet the following:

  1. Liberal Education requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  2. Grade point requirements:
    Resident 2.75 average
    Total 2.75 average
    Major 2.75 average
    Minor (for certification only) 2.75 average
  3. Residency requirements:
    Minimum Total 30 credits
    Senior Year 23 credits
    Major, in upper division courses 12 credits
    Comprehensive Major, in upper division courses 21 credits
  4. Criteria and requirements for Professional Programs and for Admission to the Professional Semester.
  5. Specific requirements of programs offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences. (See the departmental sections of this catalog.)

Early Adolescence Through Adolescence and Early Childhood through Adolescence

(formerly Secondary Education and Special Subjects)

Liberal Education Requirements are listed in the table below
K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
AND another learning experience
S3 (Creativity)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
R1 (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (included in major)3
AND another learning experience
I1 (Integration)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
AND another learning experience

Teacher Licensure Requirements - EC/A Licensure

Program Options B and C

These program options are organized around content majors and education courses and are designed to prepare teachers for early adolescence through adolescence (EA-A) teaching or for early childhood through adolescence (EC-A) teaching in selected areas. Each program requires the student to complete:

  1. a comprehensive major (at least 60 credits) or a standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following: another standard major (at least 36 credits), or a minor (at least 24 credits), or a certificate (12-18 credits). Students choosing another major or minor may choose from the approved majors and minors listed in the table below. The approved majors and minors lead to additional certification.
  2. a professional sequence consisting of teaching methods and related courses. Advising is done through the content major department.

Upon admission to program, candidates are assigned an advisor in education as well.

Option C: EC-A

Early Childhood through Adolescence Licensure

Professional Sequence
ES 212Initial Teaching Experience in Elementary, Middle, and High School Settings2
ES 312General Methods of Teaching2
ES 317Middle Level Methods and Curriculum2
ES 318Teacher Assisting1
ES 328Content Area Reading and Study Strategies2
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ES 497Field Experience Seminar2
SPED 300Inclusive Practices for Secondary Educators2
Prescribed special methods course(s) (see approved majors and minors below)
Student Teaching Courses from list below:
ES 441Student Teaching in Elementary Education6
ES 445Student Teaching in Middle Level Education6
or ES 470 Student Teaching in Secondary Education
ES 440Internship Teaching in Elementary Education6-12
ES 446Internship Teaching in Middle Level Education6-12
ES 475Internship Teaching in Secondary Education6-12

NOTE 1: SPED 300 (not required of Kinesiology or Music majors).

NOTE 2: ES 441 is not required for Foreign Language majors and minors in the student teaching semester as an earlier elementary level field placement (required by DPI) occurs in ES 437.

NOTE 3: Music Education majors take MUED 318 instead of ES 318 and MUED 487 or MUED 488 instead of ES 441 and one of ES 445 or ES 470, or ES 440, or ES 446, or ES 475.

Approved Majors and Minors for Option C

Comprehensive Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II or ACTFL Content Test Required
Music, Instrumental/General 060-057 MUED 211, MUED 300, MUED 310, MUED 318, MUED 411 ETS 5113
Music, Choral/General 060-058 MUED 211, MUED 300, MUED 310, MUED 318, MUED 410 ETS 5113
Kinesiology 991-065 KINS 290 ETS 5091
Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-203 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language OPI or OPIc
German 280-204 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-203 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language OPI or OPIc
Minors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II ACTFL Content TEst Required
Adaptive Physical Education 991-459 Only with KINS major No addt'l exam
French 260-406 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major OPI or OPIc
German 280-406 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-407 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major OPI or OPIc
TESOL 550-410 ES 405 (F) Only with F Lg major ETS 5362

NOTE: Students completing an EC-A comprehensive major or standard major may complete an additional major or minor with licensure at the EA-A level from the list under Option B above.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Professional Education Programs

Admission to the College of Education and Human Sciences Teacher Education Program

See additional requirements for admission to EA-A and EC-A programs as well as additional requirements for licensure. The Physical Education Teaching Program Committee will screen students for admission to the program and make recommendations to the EA-A/EC-A Admissions Committee based on:

  1. A completed resumé outlining
    1. experiences with children and adolescents.
    2. involvement in professional organizations.
  2. A formal interview.
  3. A completed course of study form.
  4. Performance evaluations from Kinesiology courses.
  5. Resident and total GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Resources available limit the number of students admitted to the program. Not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission.

Major Requirements

Teaching (Code 991-065)

Core Requirements for All Kinesiology Majors

(Except Athletic Training—Code 995-060)

Core Requirement
KINS 294Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINS 304Biomechanical Kinesiology3
KINS 308Exercise Physiology3
KINS 426Motor Development Across the Lifespan3
Total Credits12

Kinesiology, Physical Education Teaching Emphasis 

Sixty semester credits including the Core:
PE Module
KINS 290Introduction to Physical Education3
KINS 300Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: Invasion Games2
KINS 301Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: Adventure Activities2
KINS 302Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: Rhythms and Dance2
KINS 303Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: Fitness Concepts3
KINS 305Planning, Implementation, and Assessment: Net Games2
KINS 327Movement Education for Elementary Grades2
KINS 474Research Methods in Kinesiology4
KINS 496Capstone-Teaching Physical Education1
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
Adaptive PE Module
Required Courses:
KINS 484Adapted Physical Education3
KINS 487Assessment in Adapted Physical Education3
KINS 493Practicum in Adapted Physical Education3
Elective Courses, choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Diverse Learners
Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education 1
Behavior Management
Health Module
KINS 294Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINS 308Exercise Physiology3
KINS 335Introduction to School Health Education and Current Health Issues3
KINS 336Strategies and Assessment in School Health Education3
KINS 337Health Education Curriculum Design3
KINS 450Applied Nutrition in Kinesiology3
or BIOL 196 Human Nutrition
BIOL 130Human Sexual Biology3
BIOL 151Biology of Humans4
Required LE courses not counted toward major:
K1 (Natural Sciences)
PHYS 100Physical Science4
S2 (Mathematics)
MATH 246Elementary Statistics4

This major is restricted to students in the College of Education and Human Sciences: Education Studies: Option C and leads to licensure to teach Physical Education, Adaptive Physical Education and Health Education in Early Childhood through Adolescence classrooms. Additionally, Teacher Education Candidates shall demonstrate content area proficiency through one of the following:

Students will earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in content courses OR through obtaining a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam.

For students who neither meet the minimum GPA requirement nor pass the appropriate Praxis II/ACTFL exam after at least two attempts, a content portfolio can be submitted which parallels the content evaluated on the Praxis II/ACTFL exam. The portfolio may only be submitted once.

Finally, the Service-Learning requirement is met by completion of required coursework in this emphasis.

NOTE: No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in any course presented for completion of a major or minor in Athletic Training or Kinesiology, unless Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is the only grading option available for a course.