Frequently Asked Questions
I wish to earn certification to teach Physical and Health Education and already have a degree . . .
1. How long will it take to get certified?
Courses in Temple University's PHETE program are sequenced across six (6) semesters and for the most part are offered between 8:00 AM and 2:30 PM., Monday through Friday, Fall and Spring semesters. Each PHETE course is offered only once per year. All PHETE courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "B-" Given these constraints, the minimum amount of time to certification would be three years or six semesters.
2. Can I work in The School District of Philadelphia's Apprenticeship Program and enroll in Temple University's PHETE program?
It might be possible to begin the PHETE program and meet the minimum 9 credit enrollment requirement for the first year but it would be impossible to complete the final two years without going full time.
3. I already have my degree in Physical Education or a related area, will it still take me three years?
Even if you have the required Anatomy/Physiology I & II, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Behavior, Sport Psychology, and History/Philosophy of Physical Education, the required PHETE courses and relevant Health courses are sequenced across the aforementioned six semesters with each one semesters' courses serving as prerequisite knowledge for the subsequence semesters, so yes the minimum amount of time required to earn certification in Health and Physical Education at Temple University is three years. The major strength of Temple University's PHETE program is its five pre-student teaching practicums (elementary, middle, high school, adapted, and elementary) prior to the sixteen week student teaching experience. These six courses alone take six semesters, hence three years.
4. Why does it take so long to get certified in Health and Physical Education?
In addition to the already mentioned requirements, one needs to realize that teaching in health and physical education is firstly a dual certification (health and physical education). Next, certification covers all three levels: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Finally, certification also requires being able to handle all circumstances in a multitude of environments such as a class room, the gymnasium, courts, fields, pools, and numerous outdoor terrains. This does not even begin to include understanding educational psychology, assessment, state standards, integrated curriculum, diversity, and the synthesis of all of it.