Springfield College Department of Physical Education and Health Education (PEHE) faculty members and students will host a physical education program during the 2015-16 academic year that provides home-schooled youngsters an opportunity to receive developmentally appropriate physical education instruction on the campus. The program will focus on three separate age groups, five to eight, nine to 11, and 12 to 16 years of age.
“This program serves a dual purpose, it provides children the opportunity to receive physical education instruction while also allowing undergraduate physical education teacher education students valuable pedagogical experience,” said Springfield College PEHE Chairman Stephen C. Coulon.
The program will be held each Friday from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. in the Springfield College Physical Education Complex Field House starting on Sept. 18, and will focus on the improvement of fundamental motor skills and movement concepts. The program will be offered each semester.
“All aspects of the program will be directly supervised by Springfield College faculty members.” said Coulon. “The physical education instruction is offered in a supportive environment with the emphasis on achievement and enjoyment.” The program began in January of 2015 and continues to be a collaborative effort between PEHE and the PE Majors Club.
The mission of PEHE is to build on the Springfield College philosophy of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others. The nature of the physical education and health education disciplines require the balancing of the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains in the education and preparation of students for their career. Additionally, students are challenged to participate in service to others and to enhance their leadership skills, both of which will assist them as professionals in the physical and health education fields.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.