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The Department of Physical Education broadens the understanding of human movement as it pertains to physical activity, exercise, and sport-skills performance. The Department’s goal is to provide students with a solid understanding of health and human performance that will help them become competent and productive leaders in a variety of professional roles within the exercise and fitness arenas. Students in Physical Education may pursue several career paths, including physical therapy, sports medicine, teaching, recreation and leisure, and coaching.
Students graduating with a major in Physical Education will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performing of physical activities;
- Demonstrate understanding of the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, self-expression, and/or social interaction; and,
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic functions of the human body and its systems.
Requirements for the Physical Education Major
Students who major in the area of Physical Education are required to complete a total of thirty-nine (39) semester hours in the major, including 32 required credit hours, and seven (7) credit hours to be selected from physical education electives.
Requirements for the Physical Education Minor
Students who minor in the area are required to complete a total of eighteen (18) semester hours which will include a combination of Health Education and Physical Education courses.
Teacher Licensure in Physical Education (K-12)
Students seeking teacher licensure in Physical Education (K-12) must pass the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: Physical Education Curriculum and Suggested Program