Physical Education

A major in physical education is designed primarily to prepare you to teach physical education in school settings. You can receive teaching certification in elementary physical education and/or secondary physical education. See the education department section for the elementary and secondary endorsement requirements. You'll study under highly credentialed faculty who will mentor you, and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in our human performance lab.

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Requirements:

KIN 180 - Introduction to Kinesiology
Introduction to the field of kinesiology including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the field.(3 credits)
KIN 202 - Organization and Administration of Physical Education
A study of philosophy, objectives, curricular development, and organization and administration of programs of instruction used in physical education.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
KIN 206 - Teaching of Sports
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Knowledge of and skill development in individual, dual and team sports with emphasis on unit plan formulation and teaching methods for various grade levels.Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN202.
KIN 230 - Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
The study of the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. Prerequisite: BIO102 or 115. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
KIN 233 - Anatomical Kinesiology
The study of human movement based on anatomical and mechanical principles. Emphasis is placed on the application of these principles in the analysis of human sports performance. Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of the instructor. (3 credits)
KIN 234 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits) An introduction to athletic injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation: including basic wrapping and taping techniques. Adult first aid certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course. Note: Includes one lab period per week. Prerequisite: BIO 102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor.
KIN 250 - Techniques in Resistance Training
Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN233.
KIN 317 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health including: program planning and implementation, emphasizing effective instructional procedures through the use of educational movement, fundamental and specialized motor skills. Prerequisite: junior class standing. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
KIN 318 - Methods of Secondary Physical Education and Health
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) The methods of teaching physical education and health at the secondary level, emphasizing curriculum theory, instructional pedagogy, and practical applications. This course requires a 30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an endorsement in this content area. Notes: Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: Junior class standing.
KIN 338WI - Adapted Physical Education
Developing increased knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of individuals with special needs, acquiring the ability to select and modify tasks and experiences for selected populations, and to adjust learning opportunities to meet varied needs. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing Intensive)
KIN 360CC - Sport in Societies
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) A cross-cultural comparison of the relationship between sport and society. The primary emphasis will be the comparison of sport in the United States with sport in selected cultures, while attempting to develop a Christian worldview of sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
KIN 402 - Assessment in Physical Education
Introduction to measurement theory and basic statistical analysis, and practical experience in measuring physical fitness, motor skills, social development, knowledge and test construction.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
KIN 403 - Motor Learning
Understanding of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to response mechanisms, feedback, motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the influence of psycho-social elements in the acquisition of complex movements. (3 credits)
Choose one course:
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to prepare students to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore Senior Seminar course for education students. (2 credits)
KIN 450SR - Moving Forward: Seminar in Kinesiology
A capstone course to the entirety of your Northwestern education and the Northwestern Kinesiology programs. In this course you will integrate the various components of your college experience by evaluating your success in meeting the Northwestern Core goals and synthesizing your curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning experiences. You will connect the whole of your undergraduate education to life after college by identifying your personal commitments and articulating your sense of vocation. This reflection and projection will be accomplished by reflecting on assigned readings, class discussion, formal and informal writing assignments, and oral presentations. Prerequisites: Senior standing, a student in a kinesiology department major, or permission of instructor. (2 credits)

Competency requirements:

Swimming
Pass swimming competency examination
Physical fitness competency
Meet the physical fitness competency requirement as established by the kinesiology department
The physical fitness competency requirement consists of an initial assessment and exit assessment. The initial assessment will be completed in KIN180-Introduction to Kinesiology and the exit assessment will be completed during KIN402-Assessment in Physical Education.
Introduction to the field of kinesiology including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the field.(3 credits)
Introduction to measurement theory and basic statistical analysis, and practical experience in measuring physical fitness, motor skills, social development, knowledge and test construction.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Introduction to measurement theory and basic statistical analysis, and practical experience in measuring physical fitness, motor skills, social development, knowledge and test construction.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
First aid and CPR certification:
Option 1: First aid and CPR certifications through American Heart Association or American Red Cross
Option 2: CPR certification and KIN234-Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits) An introduction to athletic injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation: including basic wrapping and taping techniques. Adult first aid certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course. Note: Includes one lab period per week. Prerequisite: BIO 102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor.
Option 3: Complete one of the following courses:
KIN104-First Aid
(1 credit) An intensive course in first aid, including lectures, demonstrations and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
KIN152-Emergency Care
An intensive course in basic life support including lectures, demonstrations, and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses. BLS for the Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. This course is required for athletic training majors. Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN180. (2 credits)
KIN260-Coaching Endorsement
(4 credits) This course meets the Iowa Department of Education requirements for three of the four coaching authorization areas: Child Development (15 instructional hours), Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches (15 instructional hours) and the Care and Prevention of Injuries (30 instructional hours). Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of educationally sound strategies for caring for the needs of youth involved in sport. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult CPR certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Note: Course includes one 45-minute lab per week. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

Total credits required: 41-46

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