Physical Education Teacher Licensure
The College currently offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education Teacher Licensure. The teacher licensure program prepares students for careers as:
- Physical Education Teachers
- Recreational Sport Organizers, and
- Health and Fitness Club Professionals.
The program curriculum meets the standards required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon completion of the program students will be endorsed to receive a license to teach physical education at one of two levels:
- Pre-K through grade 8, and
- Grades 5 through 12.
Coursework and field experiences help pre-service teachers move theory into practice and constant peer teaching experiences embedded into course work reinforce our emphasis on reflective practice. Students develop skills to engage young people and use physical education as a subject to enhance learning in all disciplines. Students are expected to become active contributors of their profession and to view themselves as socially responsible citizens in a democracy that represents diverse educational opportunities for students.
Acceptance into the Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program
Requirements for admission include the regular admission requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalog, and a combined score of at least 1050 on the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT. Those not accepted into the program upon admission to Endicott may change into the program when they:
- Pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL exam,
- maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and
- achieve a minimum of least a C+ in all major courses.
Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education mandates that all students pass the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the licensing process. Endicott supports this requirement by incorporating the relevant MTEL tests into the licensure programs. Students are required to pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Examination to be eligible to register for the junior year of coursework and to pass the MTEL Physical Education Examination to be eligible to register for the teaching practicum.
By incorporating the required exams into the program, upon graduation Endicott students have completed all of the necessary license requirements for the state of Massachusetts. License applications are completed and filed by the student at the end of the senior year.
Those wishing to be licensed to teach in other states must still take and pass the MTEL exams as part of the program requirements. However, the department will also work closely with individuals seeking licensure in states other than Massachusetts, helping to define the requirements and procedure for receiving that license.
Test Preparation Workshops
Endicott offers intensive workshops and tutoring throughout the year to help prepare students to pass the MTEL exams. Test preparation workshops are free of charge and focus on the specific skills and subjects covered on the licensure exams. Workshops are required of students enrolled in the licensure programs. .
Internship and Practicum Sites
Students work closely with the Coordinator of Field Placement to choose internship and practicum experiences at a variety of levels and school systems. Past internship and practicum sites include:
Bell Elementary School, Marblehead, MA
Mahopac High School, Mahopac, NY
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr School and Amigos School, Cambridge, MA
Barrows School, Reading, MA
North Andover High School, North Andover, MA
Riverside School, Danvers, MA
Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA
Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, CT
Upon completion of the Physical Education Teacher Licensure program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate pre-service competency on subject matter knowledge in physical education.
- Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the physical education discipline.
- Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline of physical education.
- Devise lesson plans incorporating diverse populations.
Teacher Licensure Program Curriculum Requirements
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Swanton
Dean - School of Sport Science and Fitness Studies