Oklahoma Wesleyan University recently received notification that its Physical Education program is now nationally recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

According to Amanda Dickinson, Physical Education and Sports Management Assistant Professor, the P.E. program at OKWU prepares teacher candidates for teaching Physical Education and Health to students kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The University created a program task force comprised of Dickinson, Dr. Robert Herron, Dr. Robert Bonner, and Professor Keri Bostwick to prepare the program for review. The program review was written and submitted under the direction of Dickinson this past March.

“This is the first time in the program’s history it has received national recognition,” Dickinson said.

The Physical Education curriculum meets the standards of the Oklahoma Commission on Teacher Preparation and the Oklahoma State Board of Education and is nationally accredited through NCATE/CAEP. The curriculum includes general education courses, professional education courses and specialized physical education courses. Each student takes part in a capstone project that spans the length of one semester and requires student teaching in both elementary and upper-level school classrooms under the supervision of certified PE teachers.

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