Dr. Kandice Porter
Department of Health Promotion
and Physical Education
Kennesaw State University
Mail Drop 0202
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5593
Overview of the HPE Field Experiences
The Health and Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program at Kennesaw State University is responsible for preparing highly qualified future HPE professionals for the state of Georgia. Our program is fully accredited by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the National Association of Sport & Physical Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
In accordance with the standards set forth by these accrediting agencies, all HPE teacher education candidates must successfully complete coursework focused on curriculum and instruction for both elementary and secondary health and physical education. Upon completion of this coursework, candidates must then successfully complete field-based learning experiences (known as TOSS) under the supervision of a Collaborating Teacher (CT) and KSU supervisor in Elementary PE as well as Secondary Health & PE prior to their final field experience for teacher certification- Student Teaching.
Student teaching is the capstone experience of our candidates’ pre-professional preparation. We expect our candidates to demonstrate their readiness to assume the duties and responsibilities of the professional teacher. Candidates are assigned to work under the direct supervision of an HPE Collaborating Teacher and a KSU Supervisor for a period of 15 weeks, 40 hours per week. During this time, candidates accept the full responsibilities of the collaborating teacher. In all field experiences, it is imperative that our candidates demonstrate a disposition toward collaborative professionalism among the candidate, the Collaborating Teacher and KSU supervisor. Furthermore, it should be evident that our candidates demonstrate the ability to relate to the students they are teaching and to make a positive impact upon student learning.
All field placements are arranged between the HPE department and the KSU Center for Educational Placement and Partnerships, and are approved by school system administrators. The CEPP coordinates field placements for all KSU Teacher Education Programs with local school systems. If you are interested in hosting a KSU HPE candidate at your school, please inform your Principal and contact Andrew Smith, Field Experience Coordinator for HPE ..
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