Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Information about assigned advisors is given in the letter of admission. Education staff members advise pre-education students individually and in group sessions.

Undergraduate First- and Second-Year Preparation

Prospective undergraduates should contact the School of Education Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall, 785-864-3726, or the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences undergraduate office, 161 Robinson Center, 785-864-5552.

During the first 1½ to 2 years, all students are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where they meet a portion of the general education requirements. In the first year and a half, students planning to enter the teacher education program begin taking education courses (C&T 100 and ELPS 250) that provide a basis for a career decision and a foundation for professional education courses in the later years.

In the first year, students planning to enter the school as second-semester sophomores should enroll in C&T 100 Introduction to the Education Profession. During the second semester of the first year or the first semester of the sophomore year, students should enroll in ELPS 250 Education and Society.

Students who will apply for admission to the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences program are not required to take C&T 100 or ELPS 250 .

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Education

Undergraduates intending to transfer to the school as juniors must work closely with education advisors. Pre-education students must take specified courses in their first 1½ years. Students are admitted to C&T teaching programs once a year; online applications are due September 15 for admission the next spring semester. Students are admitted to the Health & Physical Education and Community Health programs once a year; online applications are due February 2 for admission the next fall semester. Students are admitted to the HSES Athletic Training program once a year; online applications are due February 2 and paper applications are due May 1 for fall semester. Students are admitted to HSES Sport Management and Exercise Science programs twice a year; online applications are due February 2 for fall admission and September 15 for spring semester admission.

For information about initial admission to KU, visit the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program (PK–12)

Admission

Students may apply for admission to the Health and Physical Education program once a year. Submit an application and all required materials by the stated deadline for fall semester admission. 

Students who plan to teach health and physical education must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have completed at least 48 hours by the time of admission. The cumulative grade-point average must be at least 2.75.
  2. Students must take the ACT, SAT or other equivalent test.
  3. The following courses (48-50 credit hours), or KU equivalents for transfer students, must be completed before the application deadline:
    ENGL 101Composition (or exemption, must be a total of 6 hours of composition) 13
    ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing (must be a total of 6 hours of composition) 13
    MATH 101College Algebra 13-5
    or MATH 104 Precalculus Mathematics
    MATH 105Introduction to Topics in Mathematics (or a math class above MATH 105) 13
    COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication 13
    BIOL 100
      & BIOL 102
    Principles of Biology
       and Principles of Biology Laboratory
    4
    BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy 13
    PSYC 104General Psychology3
    SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
    Select one humanities course to meet KU CORE Goal 3 & Teacher Licensure Non-Western Requirement3
    HSES 201Team Sports 22
    HSES 202Individual and Dual Sports 22
    HSES 214Physical Education Activities for Elementary School Children 23
    HSES 244Introduction to Physical Education and Sport Studies 23
    HSES 248First Aid (or current certification)0-2
    HSES 260Personal and Community Health 23
    Select one of the following:3
    Drugs and Diseases in Society 2
    Principles of Nutrition and Health 2
    Health and Human Sexuality 2
    Total Hours47-51
    1

    Must have a grade of a "C" or higher.

    2

    Must have a grade of "B-" or higher.

    General Education Requirements can be taken prior to admission
    HSES 308Drugs and Diseases in Society 23
    or HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health
    or HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    HSES 308Drugs and Diseases in Society 23
    or HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health
    or HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    Select one Social Science/Glabal Awareness Elective:3
    Arabic and Islamic Studies
    General Anthropology
    Introductory Linguistics
    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    The Varieties of Human Experience
    General Anthropology
    Anthropology Through Films
    Introduction to American Studies
    American Identities
    The United States in Global Context
    World Regional Geography
    Principles of Human Geography
    Latin American Culture and Society
    Language and Society in Latin America
    Introductory Linguistics
    Language and Mind
    Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe
    Introduction to Comparative Politics
    Introduction to International Politics
    Comparative Societies
    The United States in Global Context
    Earth of Physical Science & Lab: Consult advisor for options4-5
    Total Hours13-14
    1

    Must have a grade of a "C" or higher.

    2

    Must have a grade of "B-" or higher.

    Block Courses
    Junior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Block 1: Block 2: 
    HSES 30212BIOL 2463
    HSES 31512C&T 35911
    HSES 3402HSES 108 (Fitness elective)1
    HSES 3693HSES 210 (or certification)1
    HSES 4673HSES 32013
    SPED 3263HSES 3583
    Block 1 Field Experience: Adapted PE Practicum2 HSES 4683
     Block 2 Field Experience: Health Teaching Practicum3 
     15 15
    Senior
    FallHoursSpringHours
    Block 3: Block 4:5 
    C&T 23513Field Experience: 
    ELPS 25013HSES 50014
    HSES 38013HSES 5012
    HSES 41013 
    HSES 472 or 2693 
    Block 3 Field Experience: PE Teaching Practicum4  
    Note: During block 3, students are encouraged to take PLT and content exams for Health & Physical Education.  
     15 16
    Total Hours: 61
    1

    A grade of "C" or higher is required.

    2

    20 clock hours. Serve as a teaching aide for an adapted physical educator in a local district.

    3

    10 clock hours. Serve as a teaching aide for health educator in local district.

    4

    30 clock hours. Serve as a teaching aide in an elementary, middle, or junior high PE classroom.

    5

    Progression to Block 4 requires that all coursework is completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation.

Community Health

Community Health Admission

Students may apply for admission to the Community Health program once a year. Submit an application by the stated deadline for fall semester admission.

Community Health Program

This option prepares students for health-related careers in county, state and federal health departments, non-profit agencies, private ventures or agencies focusing on health promotion, corporate wellness, crisis intervention, drug/alcohol recovery, adoption or the elderly. In addition to general education requirements, the program includes major requirements, electives from courses complementary to the program, and a 14 credit hour internship (40 hours a week for 15 weeks). A 2.75 cumulative grade-point average is required to apply for the internship and to graduate. Students must complete all KU requirements to graduate.

Program Requirements

  1. Admission Requirements (29)
    ENGL 101Composition (or exemption) 13
    ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing 13
    MATH 101College Algebra 13
    OR a MATH course higher than MATH 101 (Excluding MATH 103, MATH 109 or MATH 110) 1
    COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication 13
    COMS 201Introduction to Leadership2
    PSYC 104General Psychology3
    or SOC 104 Elements of Sociology
    Any course meeting KU CORE 3: Arts & Humanities3
    Any course meeting KU CORE goal 4: LO 1 (Diversity)3
    BIOL 100Principles of Biology3
    BIOL 102Principles of Biology Laboratory1
    HSES 248First Aid (or current certification) 22
    General Education Requirements can be taken prior to admission (21)
    SOC 104Elements of Sociology3
    or PSYC 104 General Psychology
    COMS 246Introduction to Intercultural Communication3
    or COMS 342 Problem-Solving in Teams and Groups
    Social Science principal course meeting KU CORE goal 4: LO 2 (Global Awareness)3
    BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy3
    BIOL 246Principles of Human Physiology3
    JOUR 320Stratcom I: Introduction to Strategic Communication3
    PHIL 160Introduction to Ethics3
    Post-Admission Requirements can only be taken after admission and MUST be taken in the semester indicated in order to avoid an extended program timeline (43)
    HSES 385Psychological Aspects of Exercise (Fall Junior)3
    HSES 403Health Behavior Theory (Fall Junior)3
    HSES 467Introduction to Health Education (Fall Junior)3
    HSES 465Program Assessment and Evaluation (Spring Junior)3
    HSES 466Program Planning in Health Education (Spring Junior)3
    HSES 489Health and Human Sexuality (Spring Junior or summer)3
    HSES 310Research and Data Analysis in Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences (Fall Senior)3
    HSES 365Peer Health Education (Fall Senior)3
    HSES 418Health Aspects of Aging (Fall Senior)3
    HSES 578Health Internship Seminar (Spring Senior)2
    HSES 580Internship in: _____ (Community Health (Spring Senior)) 314
    Electives (27-29)27-29
    Required electives must be chosen from the list below. Elective classes CANNOT be used to satisfy both electives and social science/humanities pre-admission requirements: 4
    Practicum in: _____ (must have faculty approval)
    Drugs and Diseases in Society
    Principles of Nutrition and Health
    Consumer Health
    Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
    Independent Study (must have faculty approval)
    Black Leadership
    Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
    Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science
    Community Leadership
    Introduction to Child Behavior and Development
    The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy
    Cultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12 Schools
    Career and Life Planning: Decision-Making for College Students
    Positive Psychology
    Social Psychology
    Behavioral Neuroscience
    Cognitive Development
    Introduction to Public Administration
    Social Problems and American Values
    Sociology of Families
    American Racial and Ethnic Relations
    Work Roles in Health and Medicine
    Professional Writing Skills in Social Work
    Women and Leadership: The Legislative Process
    Psychology of Women
    Women and Violence
    Total Hours120-122
    1

    Must have a grade of a "C" or higher.

    2

    Students presenting current certification in lieu of HSES 248 must take an additional two hours of course credit. Acceptable certifications: American Red Cross courses - Standard First Aid with CPR/AED or Aid-Responding to Emergencies with CPR/AED.

    3

    Internships must be completed at an approved site within a 50-mile radius of Lawrence. Students who have a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA may petition to complete the internship at an approved site beyond the 50-mile radius. All coursework must be completed before the internship in approved. A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required before one can apply for the internship. Internship students are required to be present at the internship site a minimum of 40 hours per week for 15 weeks - NO EXCEPTIONS.

    4

    Required electives must be chosen from those listed and approved by your community health advisor or a faculty member before taking the course.

    Elective classes cannot be used to satisfy both electives and social science/humanities pre-admission requirements.
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