Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education

The physical education major prepares you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become an effective professional. You will participate in student teaching and gain a foundation in today’s educational methods as you work towards your teaching license. You will engage in creative thinking and problem solving as you become a lifelong learner and reflective practitioner in your chosen career.



Career Opportunities Include

  • Coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Sports manager for resorts and health clubs
  • Community recreation organizer

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Physical Education Major Courses

Education Required Courses  

Required Physical Activity Courses

Co-Ed Weight Training | PAC 10131
Examines principles and techniques of strength training and their application during active participation in weightlifting. Assists students with devising a personal weight training program consistent with health related fitness principles developed to meet their personal goals.

Lifetime Fitness | PAC 11131
Participate in a great varity of health-related aerobic activities designed to help student develop a health related fitness program. Activities include walking, stair stepping, jogging, aerobic dance, aerobic game play and rope jumping. Studies current health and fitness concepts and basic nutrition concepts.

Nontraditional Team Sports I | PAC 11231
Introduces activities of a nontraditional nature. Games, such as ultimate Frisbee, earthball,flickerball and Olympic team handball are used for the purpose of examining values and beliefs related to moral and ethical behavior and responsible group membership. Because physical fitness is a secondary goal, all activities included require students to be active throughout play.

Fundamental Rhythms & Movement | PAC 12531
Through active participation, students will explore fundamental movement and movement concepts of educational gymnastics and dance.

Select 4 additional hours of physical activity courses.


Required Physical Education Courses

Personal & Community Health | PED 10433
Studies holistic health and lifetime wellness related to individual and community health. Focuses on stress, human sexuality, nutrition, exercise, impact of the environment and death. Includes physical activity related to developing health-related physical fitness.

History & Principles of Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 11133
Studies the history, philosophy and principles of health, physical education and recreation based on resource materials, professional literature and current research.

Motor Learning and Development | PED 20033
Course is an overview of motor learning and development with an emphasis on basic development principles, terms, issues, and theoretical approaches.  Cognitive and perceptual changes and characteristics associated with motor development are examined.  Competencis related to application of motor development concepts in instructional settings including assessment and evaluation of motor abilities and planning of developmentally appropriate movement experiences that fit the developmental needs of individuals across the lifespan are addressed.

Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries | PED 20533
Introduces the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Learn to evaluate injuries common to sports, as well as preventative taping and wrapping of different anatomical joints.

Psychology and Sociology of Sports | PED 30233
Examines component in professional preparation for careers in physical education, recreation and related areas. Examines centrality of sports in modern society. Topics include psychological effects of sports, roles of youth sports, team cohesion and psychology of injury rehabilitation.

First Aid Instructor Training | PED 30732
Emphasizes practical applications for all age ranges in resuscitation and emergency treatment of strokes, heart attacks, burns, cuts, abrasions and broken bones. Detailed application of an AED is also emphasized. Red Cross certification in First Aid and Adult, Child, Infant CPR and AED is awarded upon completion. Students are certified as Red Cross instructors in these areas.

Elementary Physical Education Methods | PED 30833
Provides knowledge of physical development of the child and awareness of resources for the child's activity and recreation. Emphasis on materials and activities that provide optimal physical development for each individual.

Practicum in Teaching Physical Education in Elementary Schools | PED 30834
Provides observation and teaching experiences in physical education in elementary and preschool classes and/or youth sports or recreation programs. Requires work in school settings.

Adaptive Physcal Education | PED 33532
Study of physical education adapted to those whose physical inadequacy or functional defect can be improved through physical activity. Develop and understand physical education program for gifted, retarded, handicapped and disadvantaged students.

Exercise Physiology & Lab | PED 34533 & PED 34534
Studies the physical responses of the human body to the stress induced by physical activity. Prepares students interested in the physical training of both athletic and nonathletic population groups. Lab experiences used to study the physical responses of the human body to the stress induced by physical activity.  Includes testing, interpretation of results, and exercise prescription.

Secondary Physical Education Methods & Practicum | PED 34731
This course is a study of the principles related to the selection and use of teaching techniques for secondary physical education. Aspects include the understanding of the value of physical activity for healthy lifestyles, the evolvement of curriculum for the P-12 physical education, current trends in physical education instruction, understanding of student learning styles and developmental characteristics of the secondary student. Emphasis will be given to the development of effective teaching skills including organization and management of the secondary environment, assessment of student learning in all learning domains, fitness development and evaluation, motivation of the learner, curriculum development including program,  year, unit, and daily planning.

Theory of Administration in Health, Physical Education & Recreation | PED 41733
Course includes study of administrative philosophies and processes including administrative behavior, leadership and organizational procedures. Includes theory and practice involving tests and measurements in physical education and sport as well as program evaluation procedures. Off campus work is required.


Required Supporting Courses



For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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