Physical Education and Coaching
As a Physical Education and Coaching major, you will learn to teach calisthenics, exercise techniques, sports, health, and nutrition. The program prepares you to teach physical education in grades K-12 and enables you to meet the certification requirements of the State Board of Education and CAEP for teaching physical education in public schools.
In the Physical Education and Coaching major, you must take a minimum of 45 hours of physical education and athletic training courses, such as Emergency Response, Kinesiology, Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition Counseling, and Exercise and Weight Control. You will also be expected to maintain a high fitness level. If you are seeking teacher certification, you will complete additional requirements, including a sequence of education courses, field experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels, and student teaching.
Through your studies, you will gain scientific knowledge of the structure and functioning of the human body and of human movement. You will also learn teaching methods in lifetime and team sports, rhythms and dance, aquatics, and outdoor recreational activities. As you progress through the program, you must demonstrate those competencies needed for the efficient organization and administration of physical education, intramural, and athletic programs. The Physical Education and Coaching major prepares you with the intellectual and practical skills you need to coach and teach.