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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Beardsley, Michael

Titles/Responsibilities Lecturer
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Physical Education
Contact Information Office phone: (716) 375 -2233
Office Location Butler Gym, 1C
Courses Taught
  • PHED 107. Health-related Fitness and Health Promotion
  • PHED 312. Bio-Kinesiology
  • PHED 413B. Directed Study – Internship
Academic Degrees
  • ABD, Exercise Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2004
  • B.S., Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 2003
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
Other Education
  • Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC), National Athletic Trainers Association
  • NYS Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, American Red Cross
  • Responding to Emergencies, American Red Cross
  • CITI certification
Professional Background Houghton College, 2006 – 2012, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor
Teaching Philosophy
Current Research Interests/Projects

Role of the subtalar joint on orthotics used for the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis
Doctoral Dissertation Project

  • Utilize 3D motion capture techniques
  • Employ Modified Helen Hayes and Oxford Foot Models
  • Approved by IRB
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