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Field Experiences

The PHETE Program is structured to include many quality field experiences.

These experiences are necessary for the teacher candidates to take the content of the college classroom and be able to use it in the schools. With this philosophy in mind, experiences with children supplement the content in the following courses:

  • KINS 364 - Adapted Physical Education
    Practicum working with children with disabilities in local schools 15 hours per semester
  • KINS 374 - Physical Education in Secondary Schools
    Working with high school students two hours per week for ten weeks
  • KINS 377 - Physical Education in the Elementary Schools
    Field Trip to Elementary school; peer teaching; work with elementary-age children.
  • KINS 378 - Physical Education in the Middle Schools
    Practicum at Prince Edward County Middle School for a three-hour after school program one afternoon per week for ten weeks.
  • HLTH 465 - Comprehensive School Health Education
    Practicum in school health education classes over an eight week period.
 

Student Teaching

kids at play

Taken the last semester of the student's career at Longwood University, student teaching is a full-time practicum experience in the schools. This course is supplemented with the Seminar in Teaching (KINS 483) course.

  • KINS 482 - Student Teaching (10 credits) - seven weeks in elementary school and seven weeks in secondary schools.

Professionalism and appropriate dress during school placements:

Professional behavior is expected at all times and especially when a teacher candidate is in a teaching setting. High expectations are set for teachers in the field and for those planning to become teachers. To that end, teacher candidates must be aware of the language they use, comments they make, behaviors they display, and personal decisions they make.

Within the PHETE program, a clear expectation for student dress will be enforced. When the PHETE major is in a school, representing the program at another university or in a Longwood University event, the following dress code applies:


Physical Education: Students may wear a nylon warm-up or Bermuda-length shorts, collared golf or polo shirt, a Longwood University sweat shirt and appropriate shoes for indoor or outdoor use. All clothing should be in good repair and fitted for active wear. Students may not chew gum or wear head gear or excessive jewelry. Shirt tails should be tucked in and a belt worn if appropriate. Men should be clean shaven unless they have groomed facial hair. Identification badges should be worn at all times and the teacher candidate MUST sign-in when entering the school.


Health Education: Men must wear dress shirts, slacks and ties. Women are to wear slacks, blouses or skirts/ dresses. Students may not chew gum or wear head gear. Tennis shoes, flip flops and other casual shoes are not appropriate. Men should be clean shaven unless they have groomed facial hair. Identification badges should be worn at all times and the teacher candidate MUST sign-in when entering the school.