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What Can I Do With This Major?

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Preparing Individuals to Teach and Coach

Physical Education Bike HockeyThe undergraduate major in physical education is designed to prepare individuals to teach physical education and provides certification to coach at the middle and high school levels.

The program poses an integrated concentration of courses in motor development, health-related fitness and wellness, biological sciences, rhythms, individual and dual sport methods courses, elementary and secondary methods, physical education for exceptional children, adventure education, and two aquatics certifications, all with an emphasis on learning how to teach.

Students begin studying physical education foundations and their application to human development and learning as early as the freshman year. This is accompanied by more than 20 contact hours of supervised field experience with an on-campus preschool motor development program involving preschool children with and without disabilities.

During the first two years of study, each activity course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to learn and apply teaching applications. Ten contact hours in the schools is experienced during the sophomore year. The physical education program combined with the Clare College liberal arts requirements of the University provide physical education majors with a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

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Watson, Claire E.

Titles/Responsibilities Department Chair
Assistant Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information
Office Location/Hours Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • CE/EDUC 500. Research Methods 
  • PHED 101. Foundations of Physical Education
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion 
  • PHED 209. Motor Learning 
  • PHED 309. Nutrition   
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology 
  • PHED 314. Exercise Physiology 
  • PHED 399. Special Topics in Human Movement 
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship  
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Public Health, Walden University, 2014
  • M.S., Public Health, Walden University, 2007
  • M.S., Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • B.A., Psychology, Geneseo State University, 1996
Other Interests/Community Involvement

SBU

  • Faculty Advisor for Honors Project
  • Faculty Admissions Ambassador

Memberships 

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Heart Association-Scientific Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism
  • American Public Health Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
Other Education

Certifications 

  • American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine Credential
  • Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
  • NESTA Sport Yoga Instructor
Professional Background
  • St. Bonaventure University, Assistant Professor,  2013-present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Department Chair, 2013-Present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Lecturer, 2009-2013
  • Jamestown Community College, Adjunct Professor, 2009-Present
  • Kizzy Lish Designs, Owner & Consultant, 2008-Present
  • St. Bonaventure University, Adjunct Professor, 2003-2008 
  • Desert Southwest Fitness Inc, Course Reviewer, 2002-Present
  • C&K Preventive Health, Partner/Exercise Physiologist, 2002-2008
  • INTERxVENTUSA, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator. 2000-2002
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Associates, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, 1998-2000
Accomplishments

National Presentations 

  • Watson, CE, Salmon, RD, Arabatzis, K, English, CD, Mitchell, BS, Faircloth, CG et al. (2002). Clinical Effectiveness of a comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction program: On-site versus Telephone/Internet delivery. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
  • Bonzheim, K, Watson, C, Franklin, B, Sperling, L, Badenhop, D, Digenio, A, et al. (2001). Need for continued cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction intervention after completion of a contemporary phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation program. National Conference-AACVPR, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Watson, CE, Rundell, KW, Szmedra, L. (1999). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA.
  • Watson, CE, Rundell, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Hidden Valley, PA.
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, Rundell, KW, McConnell, TR. (1998). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease. National Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL.
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, & McConnell, TR. (1997). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
  • Baranoski, H., Yochim, S, Watson, C, Im, J, Felix, G, & Szmedra, L. (1997). Effects of music on exercise tolerance, mood and anxiety during cardiac rehabilitation. Mid-Atlantic Conference-American College of Sports Medicine, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

 Published Abstracts    

  • Watson, CE, Rundell, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Pulmonary function and ventilatory threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease following short-term training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5).
  • Bashore, JA, Watson, CE, & Szmedra, L. (1998). The effects of Tai Chi, treadmill walking, and reading on indices of stress. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 31(5).
  • Watson, CE, Szmedra, L, Rundell, KW, & McConnell, TR. (1998). The effects of short-term training on oxygen consumption and anaerobic threshold in individuals with ischemic heart disease.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5).
  • Felix, GD, Rundell, KW, Im, J, Nioka, S, Watson, CE, & Szmedra, L. (1998). Blood volume and HB/MB desaturation in the vastus lateralis of volleyball players following training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5).
  • Bickhart, H, Szmedra, L, Simon, J, & Watson, C. (1997). Resistance training and activities of daily living in older adults.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29(5).
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • The Influence of Self-Perception, Gender, and Grade Level on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children in Rural Environments 
  • Maximal oxygen consumption of Division I Cross-Country Runners
  • Food Preferences, body composition and VO2max of Division I athletes
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