Major in Physical Education

A major in the field of physical education provides a broad foundation for a teaching career in public schools.

As a physical education major, you will have contact with students early in the curriculum—long before the official student-teaching sequence begins. As part of your studies, you might organize a team-building activity at an elementary school or participate in Everybody Can Day (a service-learning event that shows schoolchildren the challenges faced by those who are physically challenged) or International Games Day.

If you’re pursuing teacher licensure, you should work with the School of Education to make sure you meet all the requirements. See Admission to Education Programs.

Major Requirements

  • PE 202 Individual and Dual Sports
  • PE 203 Team Sports
  • KIN 204 Emergency Procedures (.50 credit)
  • PE 235 Curriculum Design for Physical Education and Health Education
  • PE 312 Physical Education for Children with Exceptionalities
  • PE 360 Contemporary Concepts in Health
  • PE 370 Instructional Techniques in Elementary School Physical Education Pedagogy
  • PE 410 Kinesiology
  • PE 440 Instructional Techniques for Middle and Secondary School Physical Education Pedagogy
  • PE 445 Measurement and Evaluation for Physical Education

It is strongly recommended for students seeking licensure in Physical Education to earn a minor in Health Education, which can lead to the Health Education Endorsement.

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