The Department of Teacher Education prepares Urban Professional Multicultural Educators through an integrated program of courses and field experiences. Programs offered are designed for the preparation of future educators. The programs of study center around our commitment to excellence in teaching in today’s diverse society through the investigation of significant educational issues, inquiry into student learning and effective teaching practices, and the use of technology in teaching and learning. We engage teacher candidates in critical reflection upon their practice throughout the program. We foster engagement in schools through our partnership schools and other school and agency affiliations. Upon completion of the program, teacher candidates are measured in alignment with the values of our guiding conceptual framework through the completion of professional portfolios. Values that are part of this framework include: commitment to social justice, critical pedagogy, and positive educational transformation within the context of a Vincentian personalism that honors the dignity of each person.
The program includes four distinctive features: 1) Becoming a teacher is viewed as a developmental process continuing at least through the first year of teaching; 2) Multiculturalism is infused throughout the curriculum; 3) Field experiences are an integral part of the curriculum; 4) Students are exposed to a variety of educational theories.
The program in physical education prepares students to teach children in a variety of educational settings, with its primary focus in urban public schools. Students follow a suggested course of study with corresponding field experiences. Graduates earn the Master of Education degree and are qualified for a pre-kindergarten through high school teaching license.
Students entering the program must be able and willing to devote themselves to a program requiring a minimum of 100 hours of daytime field experiences in schools. These school-based field experiences are completed in conjunction with methodology courses that require students to spend regular periods of time in schools. In addition, the student must spend a minimum of 11 weeks in full-time student teaching.
Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsement in Physical Education, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program.
|Degree Requirements (MEd)
|Total hours required
- Plan instruction that supports students in meeting rigorous learning goals, drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, developmental level, and pedagogy.
- Demonstrate a variety of instructional strategies as they support learners in developing a deep understanding of the physical education content area, as well as building skills needed to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
- Apply their understanding of multiple purposes for and methods of assessment in order to monitor and evaluate student progress, make decisions regarding instructional practices, and guide students in reflecting upon their progress toward learning targets.
- Use the central concepts, standards, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline they teach to create meaningful learning experiences based upon evidence-based practices that ensure mastery of content.
- Demonstrate an interest in ongoing professional learning, advocate for students, and exhibit professionalism and ethical behavior in all interactions.
The curriculum will consist of 4 existing College of Education courses and 13 new COE courses. All courses are or will be taught by COE faculty or contingent faculty. Courses will be offered online, hybrid, and/or face to face contingent on content.
The requirements below are those approved by the Illinois State Board of Education December 2015.
Content Area Prerequisites
Physical education teachers need to have an understanding of the foundations of kinesiology prior to taking applied physical education courses. Following the requirements set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education, DePaul’s program requires that students in the physical education program have courses in each of the following areas:
- physiology of exercise
These courses may be taken at the undergraduate level and may have been included in the student’s bachelor’s degree program. Physical education students' transcripts will be evaluated by an academic advisor to determine if additional coursework is needed. Completion of content area requirements is not a prerequisite for admission; however, coursework must be completed before student teaching. It is strongly encouraged that applicants meet with an advisor after admission and prior to taking content courses.
Introductory Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
|HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: ELEMENTARY
|EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
|TEACHING ELEMENTARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: THEORY, POLICY AND PRACTICE
Advanced Courses: 32 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.
|INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND MEASUREMENT OF LEARNING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|or T&L 412
|EMERGING READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS
|CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND INSTRUCTION FOR ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION FOR SECONDARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|MOTOR DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFESPAN
|ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
|HEALTH, FITNESS, AND NUTRITION
Activity Courses 4 quarter hours
|FOLK & SOCIAL DANCE
Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required
Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.
|ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY STUDENT TEACHING (grade of B- or better required)
|STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (grade of C or better required)
|CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH (non-tuition, PA grade required)
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Physical Education majors must complete the following tests:
- Physical Education Content Test (test #213) – consists of 4 subareas; 1) motor skills and movement activities, 2) health-related fitness, 3) student growth, development and learning, and 4) the physical education program. This test must be passed prior to student teaching.
- EdTPA - assessment conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.
Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of grade levels, multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.