Coursework in the PHETE program is designed to familiarize pre-service teachers with the skills and knowledge needed to teach health and physical education in various school settings. Coursework is sequenced to allow students to be successful at one level before demanding a greater degree of understanding at the next. Courses in the PHETE program are comprised of various pedagogical content skills and knowledge combined to help students develop the ability to synthesize that which they are learning. Sometimes teaching is a matter of applying a simple fact or principle learned within the program, but often teaching is a complex skill, demanding that teachers use skills and knowledge in ways never taught. It is this synthesis that lays as the foundation for the development of the coursework in the PHETE program at Temple University.
Coursework is divided into three levels: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior courses. Each PHETE course is taught once per year with each semester PHETE course serving as a co-requisite for all the other PHETE courses in that semester as well as serving as a pre-requisite for the subsequent semester PHETE courses. All PHETE courses must be completed with a minimum "B-" grade.
Sophomores receive a foundation or overview of the entire program through six, one credit courses (3 fall and 3 spring) designed to familiarize students with the whole of teaching. Experiences in teaching physical education through classroom instruction and in-school micro-teaching episodes allow students to apply that which they are learning with real world experiences. Basic movement activities afford students the fundamental movement experiences and foundational knowledge to create developmentally appropriate experiences for their students. Intro to teaching health familiarizes students with instructional strategies for developing health content and helping students to make constructive decisions.
Juniors take that which was learned in the sophomore year and build upon it to further develop their pedagogical content knowledge.
Seniors have two very different semesters ahead of them. In the fall they are finishing their coursework in preparation of their final student teaching experience.