Physical Education

Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education is designed for students who want to teach physical education in elementary, middle, and/or secondary school. This degree will also help prepare students who seek careers in wellness, recreation, and coaching. This program will provide both elementary and secondary physical education endorsements.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Physical Education program will be able to:

  • Identify physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person;
  • Demonstrate how individuals learn and develop by providing opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development;
  • Applies knowledge of how individuals differ in their approaches to learning, by creating appropriate instruction adapted to these differences;
  • Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation;
  • Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings;
  • Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards;
  • Use assessment to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity;
  • Evaluate the effects of their actions on others (e.g., students, parents/guardians, fellow professionals) and seek opportunities to grow professionally;
  • Use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity; and
  • Foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students' growth and well-being.

Program Requirements

  • Total minimum credits required: 125 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Course Requirements: 47 credits
  • PE Endorsement: 29 credits
  • Coaching endorsement: 2 credits*

*A studet may add PED 242 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (2 credits) to complete the coaching endorsement.

Physical Education Major Requirements (47 credits):
EDU 200 Introduction to Education (Elementary and Secondary)
& Field Experience (1 credit)
EDU 215 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
EDU 250 Foundation of American Education (2 credits)
EDU 270 Principles of Education (Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary) & Field Experience II (2 credits)
EDU 310 Integrating Technology in the Classroom (2 credits)
EDU 370 Human Relations Skills for Educators (1 credit)
PSY 104 Child & Adolescent Development (3 credits)
ESE 315 Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
ESE 325 Behavior Management in the Classroom (3 credits)
ERE 312 Reading in Secondary Education Content Areas (3 credits)
EDU 325 Specific Methods in Elementary PE (3 credits)
EDU 326 Practicum in Elementary PE (1 credit)
EDU 327 Specific Methods in Secondary PE (3 credits)
EDU 328 Practicum in Secondary PE (1 credit)
EDU 468 Student Teaching Elementary PE (8 credits)
EDU 469 Student Teaching Secondary PE (7 credits)
EDU 458 Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)

Additional Endorsement Requirements (29 credits):
PED 104 Personal Health & Wellness (2 credits)
PED 212 Foundation of Movement & Motor Activities (3 credits)
BIO 202 Human Biology (4 credits)
PED 242 Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries (2 credits)
PED 217 Individual & Team Sports Skills (3 credits)
PED 240 Applied Kinesiology & Biomechanics (3 credits)
PED 335 Curriculum & Administration of Physical Education (3 credits)
ESE/PED 340 Adapted Physical Education (3 credits)

PED Sport Skills Courses (6 credits):
Activity: 1 credit each (6 distinct total courses)

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