The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Kinesiology (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Science

(Focus: EC – 12TH Grade Teacher Certification)

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

The Department of Health and Human Performance has a focus on preparing Kinesiology majors to function professionally in a changing and diverse society, and to improve the quality of life through the understanding, delivering and promotion of health, physical activity, and wellness. 

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

Choose one:
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

030 Life and Physical Science – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 are given three hour credits for the lecture component.

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning - 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 are given one hour credit each for the lab component

Major Requirements – 39 Hours

Required Courses

Kinesiology Core
KINE 1306First Aid and First Responder

3

KINE 1351Introduction to Sports and Exercise Science

3

KINE 2315Individual Sports

3

KINE 3314Teaching Movement Arts to Children and Adolescents

3

KINE 3315Advanced Sport Skills

3

KINE 3341Principles of Conditioning and Fitness

3

KINE 3353Physiology of Exercise

3

KINE 4356Motor Development

3

KINE 3370Biomechanics

3

KINE 4310Measurement Techniques in Physical Education and Sport

3

KINE 4351Adapted Kinesiology

3

KINE 4302Kinesiology Curriculum for Elementary Students

3

KINE 4309Kinesiology Curriculum for Secondary School Students

3

Minor - Hours will vary

Students must complete a minor in teaching field offered by the UTRGV Educator Preparation Program. For more information regarding approved certification fields, the student should consult the College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Department of Health and Human Performance. 

Minors vary in credit hours required. If applicable, the credit hours in the minor selected may impact the number of free electives required to reach the 120 credit hours needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.
 

Teacher Certification – 27 Hours

Area of Certification: Physical Education (EC-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

EDUC 4306Implementing and Assessing Effective Secondary Content Pedagogy

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 126

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Teacher Education Requirements:

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Kinesiology progression requirements: 

 Students must maintain a grade of ‘C’ or better must be maintained in advanced KINE coursework in the major degree requirements

Teacher Education Requirements:

Teacher Education Program progression requirements include GPA, course grades, certification courses, benchmarks/key assessments and testing.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Kinesiology Graduation Requirements:

Students must earn a GPA of 2.75 or greater in the major degree requirements. 

Students must earn a ‘C’ or better in all advanced KINE coursework in the major degree requirements. 

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