Physical Education

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree RequirementsLearning Outcomes

phys_edThe Physical Education major focuses on the study of human movement using scientific and social foundations. The study of Physical Education develops a scientific understanding of human movement and the skills to apply theoretical concepts in practical settings.

Students enrolled in the Physical Education major are required to choose one of two options: Physical Education Teacher Certification (K-12) or Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification (K-12).  Students are only able to choose the Contract option (listed below) after accumulating 90 credits once the department chair has given approval.

Graduates of the Physical Education major go on to work in public and private schools, recreation and athletic programs.

Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (120 credits)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education offers students two professional focus areas: Physical Education Teacher Certification or Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Certification. The core courses of the Physical Education major provide the biological, psychological, philosophical, historical, and social/behavioral science principles in the study of physical activity, exercise, and sport. Students complete the core coursework and select one or more of the options to complete their studies through advanced courses. Each option is organized to reflect the current scholarship and practices in the field and allows students to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and a philosophical understanding specific to their future role as a teaching practitioner in the field of Physical Education and/or Health Education.

Physical Education Professional Activity Courses
The 2000 level, 1.5 credit courses are letter graded and with the exception of PE 2200 Lifeguard Training and PE 2280 Water Safety Instruction, are for the majors and minors in the Department of Health and Human Performance only.

Physical Activity Skills Courses
The Physical Activity Skills courses are one credit electives designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn and engage in a wide variety of physical activities, with the goal of promoting health and lifelong participation in physical activity. These 1000 level courses are graded Pass/No Pass.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education are able to:

  1. Demonstrate disciplinary content and concept knowledge appropriate for an entry level practitioner/professional.
  2. Demonstrate competent performance of a variety of psychomotor skills related to physical fitness, sports/games, adventure pursuits, aquatics and rhythmic/expressive movement and psychomotor activities.
  3. Describe performance concepts and strategies related to skillful movement and physical activity.
  4. Describe and apply biophysical (anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical) and psychosocial concepts to skillful movement, physical activities and fitness.
  5. Describe and discuss current issues in the area of human performance based on historical. Philosophical and sociological perspectives
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment to professional standards and ongoing professional development.

Physical Education K-12 Option

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Physical Education K-12 Option in Physical Education are able to comply with NASPE 2008 Standards:

  1. Standard I: Scientific and Theoretical Knowledge:
    Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
  2. Standard II: Skill and Fitness Competence:
    Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K – 12 Standards.
  3. Standard III: Planning and Implementation:
    Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
  4. Standard IV: Instructional Delivery and Management:
    Physical education teacher candidates use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
  5. Standard V: Impact on Student Learning:
    Physical education teacher candidates utilize assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.
  6. Standard VI: Professionalism:
    Physical education teacher candidates demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

Physical Education and Health Education, K-12 Option

In addition to the PETC outcomes, students who complete the Physical Education and Health Education, K-12 Option in Physical Education are able to comply with AAHE 2008 Standards:

  1. Standard I: Content Knowledge. Candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate educator.
  2. Standard II: Needs Assessment: Candidates assess needs to determine priorities for school health education (SHE).
  3. Standard III: Planning: Candidates plan effective comprehensive school health education curricula and programs.
  4. Standard IV: Implementation: Candidates implement health education instruction
  5. Standard V: Assessment. Candidates assess student learning.
  6. Standard VI: Administration and Coordination. Candidates plan and coordinate a school health education program.
  7. Standard VII: Being a Resource. Candidates serve as a resource person in health education.
  8. Standard VIII: Communication and Advocacy. Candidates communicate and advocate for health and school health education.


Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification (K-12)
Physical Education Teacher Certification (K-12)


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