Physical Education Major

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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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
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: sophomore class standing.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
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.Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (
KIN 250 - Techniques in Resistance Training
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 courserequires a30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking anendorsement in this content area. Notes: Students must earn a"C" or better in the special methods course in orderto fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: Junior class standing.
KIN 338 - 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)
KIN 360 - Sport in Societies
A cross-cultural comparison of the interrelationship of sport and society. The primary emphasis will be to compare American sport with sport in selected cultures, while attempting to develop a Christian worldview of sport.Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.(4 credits)
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)

Competency requirements:

Pass physical fitness competency examination
Pass swimming competency examination
Choose one
Pass first aid competency with current CPR and first aid certification
KIN 104 - First Aid
An intensive course in first aid, including lectures, demonstrations and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries. First aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course.(1 credit)

Total credits required: 36-37


For students seeking the secondary teaching endorsement KIN206, Teaching of Sports and KIN318, Methods of Secondary Physical Education and Health are required. For students interested in the elementary certification KIN317, Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health is required.

Certification of competency in swimming, first aid and physical fitness must be on file in the registrar’s office prior to the last semester before graduation.