The Physical Education and Exercise Science and Wellness faculty administer service courses for any student who wishes to participate and teaches the professional courses leading to the major in physical education or exercise science and wellness.
 
The development and integration of the physical with the intellectual, social and emotional capacities shall be the responsibility of each individual student. This, however, can only be achieved in participation with regularity in physical activities which meet present and future needs and interests. The establishment of this habit while in college should contribute vitally to the maintenance of a well-balanced personality throughout life.
 
Students majoring in Physical Education will learn and understand the National Standards for Physical Education.

A physically educated person:
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

A major in physical education prepares students to teach either grades K-8 or grades 5-12.

Physical education education majors will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to students and their learning;
  • Knowledge of the content and how to teach the content, skills, and dispositions to students;
  • Responsibility for motivating, managing, and monitoring student learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
  • Interest in lifelong learning and participating in learning communities.
Physical Education Major (K-8 Licensure)
The required courses for this teaching major are:
PE 107 Dance and Movement 3 hrs.
PE 109 Functional Fitness 1 hr.
PE 221 Team Sports 3 hrs.
PE 223 Individual Sports 3 hrs.
PE 225 Introduction to Physical Education 3 hrs.
PE 231 First Aid 2 hrs.
PE 250 Motor Learning 2 hrs.
PE 290 Strategy Design – PE K-12 3 hrs.
PE 341 Movement Exploration and Adapted Physical Education 3 hrs.
PE 356 Principles and Assessment of Physical Education 3 hrs.
PE 484 Physiology of Exercise and Health 3 hrs.
EDUC 110 Introduction to Teacher Education (1 hr.)
EDUC 332 Elementary School PE and Health Methods & Curriculum 3 hrs.
Required Support Courses:
BIO 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 hrs.
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology 3 hrs.
PLUS the Teacher Licensure Requirements as described in the Education Division section of the course catalog.

Physical Education Major (5–12 Licensure)
The required courses for this teaching major are:
PE 107 Dance and Movement 3 hrs.
PE 109 Functional Fitness 1 hr.
PE 221 Team Sports 3 hrs.
PE 223 Individual Sports 3 hrs.
PE 225 Introduction to Physical Education 3 hrs.
PE 231 First Aid 2 hrs.
PE 250 Motor Learning 2 hrs.
PE 290 Strategy Design PE K-12  3 hrs.
PE 341 Movement Exploration and Adapted Physical Education 3 hrs.
PE 352 Kinesiology 3 hrs.
PE 356 Principles and Assessment of Physical Education  3 hrs.
PE 484 Physiology of Exercise 3 hrs.
PE 493 Organization, Administration, and Curriculum Development for PE and Athletics 3 hrs.
BIO 241 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs.
EDUC 396 K Secondary School Special Methods: PE & curriculum 3 hrs.

PLUS the Teacher Licensure Requirements as described in the Education
Division section of the IWC course catalog.

Some majors require their students to participate in some type of activity (individual, service, recreational, intramural or intercollegiate) and this department welcomes these individuals into the activity courses that are taught throughout the year. Students should check the requirements of their major.

"With my major, I plan on becoming a physical education teacher. I believe I can make the youth of America physically fit and active not only in my classroom, but for a lifetime."
Danielle Des Jardins
Physical Education major