Campus Advising Notes Related to Kinesiology’s Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Option

1. Entrance to PHETE Option Requirements

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. 48 credits minimum
  3. Grade of C or higher in KINES 141, KINES 180, KINES 295A, EDTHP 115 (or 115A), and EDPSY 014
  4. Completion of ENGL 015, a literature course from the approved list ), and 6 credits of general quantification (GQ)
  5. Effective April 2, 2012, passing scores on Pearson's Pennsylvania Education Certification Tests (PECT). Passing scores from the PRAXIS PPST tests taken before April 2, 2012 will be honored.
  6. Documented evidence of 80 hours of paid or volunteer work in a setting with children in grades K-12. At least 40 of these 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own.
  7. Approval of the PHETE Entrance-to-Option Coordinator

ADVISING DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • Students should ideally enter the PHETE Option after their 4th semester. Students who plan to take Block 1 in FA12 or beyond must be in the PHETE Option before Block 1 can be scheduled for them.
  • Using the Target GPA feature on e-Lion, determine if the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is realistically attainable, based on the student’s academic record.
  • KINES 295A is not offered at all campuses. If it is not offered at your campus, your students will need to relocate to University Park to take KINES 295A. At University Park, KINES 295A is only offered during spring semesters. If relocation does not happen by sophomore spring (4th semester), progress toward graduation may be delayed.
  • Students will need clearances to participate in KINES 295A, and may want to plan ahead to get the process in motion before the course begins. See Clearances Required for All Field Experiences.
  • It is not necessary to have completed all Entrance to PHETE Option requirements prior to requesting a change-of-location.
  • C I 280 and KINES 400 have been approved for the 2009+ program year. However, only those students who will graduate Fall 2013 or after will be required to complete these courses. C I 280 and KINES 400 are part of an enhancement in special populations and English as a second language learners required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. C I 280 has been approved to double count for GH.
  • Students who enter Penn State during the summer semester of 2010 or thereafter will not be permitted to move on to Block 1 of the curriculum until they are officially entered into the PHETE option. Students who will not achieve the Entrance to PHETE Option Requirements (see #1 above) should consider an alternate major or a different option in KINES.

2. Process for Entrance into the PHETE Option

Students who are prompted to confirm their major preference on eLion (typically at the start of their 4th semester) should indicate KINES-PHETE as their preferred major ONLY if they have all of the requirements listed in #1 above met or in progress that spring. Otherwise, their entrance into the PHETE Option will be denied by e-Lion, and they may default to the 2nd or 3rd major preference selected on e-Lion.

If a student does not have the requirements met or in progress, they may select KINES-MOVSC on e-Lion as their preferred major, and then enter into the PHETE option at a later date once they have met all requirements.

3. Block Scheduling

The PHETE Option utilizes “Block Scheduling”. The courses that make up each block are designed to be taken concurrently and the blocks must be kept intact for the curriculum to work properly and for students to maintain normal progress toward graduation. For example, Block 1 courses (KINES 261, 262, 264, 266, and 268) must be taken concurrently; they cannot be dispersed randomly in different semesters.

Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4 are designed to follow in sequence for 4 semesters.

Block 1 (junior fall): KINES 261, 262, 264, 266, 268 (5 credits)
Block 2: (junior spring): KINES 362, 364, 366, 400 (6-9 credits) KINES 400 is required if graduating after summer semester 2013
Block 3: (senior fall): KINES 395A, 464, 466, 468, 469W (12 credits)
Block 4: (senior spring): KINES 495A (12 credits).

With the exception of Block 4, students may take other courses during their block semesters.

ADVISING DISCUSSION POINTS:

  • As soon as PHETE is identified as a goal, students should map out a tentative graduation plan to ensure that they are not going to end up with courses that conflict with any of the block courses. An approved graduation plan must be on file with the Kinesiology Advising Center in order for students to be approved for student teaching (KINES 495A) Students apply for student teaching one year before the semester during which they will student teach. They can use the resources at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/kines/undergrad/phete.html to map out their remaining requirements and the semesters during which they will complete the remaining requirements.

Using the current Schedule of Courses, students will be able to speculate when courses will be offered in future semesters. For example Spring 2012 gives an idea of what will be offered and when for Spring 2013, Spring 2014, and so on. Fall 2012 gives an idea of what will be offered and when for Fall 2013, Fall 2014, and so on.

4. Relocating to University Park

KINES 295A is an entrance-to-option requirement, and is ideally taken during the spring semester of sophomore year (4th semester). KINES 295A is not offered at all campuses. If it is not offered at your campus, your students will need to relocate to University Park to take KINES 295A. At University Park, KINES 295A is only offered during spring semesters. Therefore, students enrolled at campuses that do not offer KINES 295A will need to relocate to University Park for their spring semester sophomore year (4th semester). If relocation does not happen for sophomore spring (4th semester), progress toward graduation may be delayed.

It is not necessary to have completed all Entrance to PHETE Option requirements prior to requesting a change-of-location.

ADVISING DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Change of location to University Park should be initiated following the procedure at your campus.
  • An individualized graduation plan will clearly demonstrate when a student should be relocating to University Park in order to maintain normal progress toward graduation. (See #3 above.)
  • Registration for classes at University Park occurs earlier than at most campuses, students should submit their request for a change of campus as early in the fall semester of their sophomore year as possible to ensure the best opportunity to register for and secure the appropriate courses required at University Park the following spring semester.

5. Questions?

On behalf of your advisee, please contact the Department of Kinesiology Advising Center at University Park with questions. It is important that we talk directly with campus advisers so that the information we share can be passed along to your other students. The Department of Kinesiology Advising Center at University Park can be reached at 814-863-4493.