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Academic Requirements

A teacher preparation physical education (K-12) concentration requires these courses to be licensed to teach:

  • Foundations of Physical Education
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Organismal and Ecological Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Master Activity Class for Teachers
  • Motor Learning
  • Human Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education
  • Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Measure and Evaluation in Physical Education and Health
  • Adaptive and Corrective Physical Education

The athletic coaching endorsement and health endorsement are additional teacher preparation programs available at Coe. A major in Athletic Training is also available. Students may apply to the Committee on Independent Study to do an interdisciplinary major in Sports Management.

Courses of Instruction

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Atwater (Chair), Peterson, Rydze, Woodin.

The Physical Education Department's program enables students to earn a major in physical education for teacher certification, a coaching endorsement, a coaching authorization, and a teacher health certification endorsement. Students may also pursue a track that focuses on a health and human performance.

Physical Education Major

Elementary Education Emphasis in Physical Education

  1. BIO-155 Organismal and Ecological Biology
  2. BIO-215 Human Anatomy -AND- BIO-225 Human Physiology -OR - BIO-055 Anatomy and Physiology
  3. PE-105 Foundations of Physical Movement
  4. PE-165 Master Activity Class for Teachers
  5. PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  6. PE-225 Motor Learning
  7. PE-315 Methods of Elementary School Physical Education and Health
  8. PE-347 Adapted Physical Education
  9. PE-515 Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics
  10. PE-525 Physiology of Exercise

Secondary Education Emphasis in Physical Education

  1. BIO-155 Organismal and Ecological Biology
  2. BIO-215 Human Anatomy and BIO-225 Human Physiology -OR- BIO-055 Anatomy and Physiology
  3. PE-105 Foundations of Physical Movement
  4. PE-165 Master Activity Class for Teachers
  5. PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  6. PE-225 Motor Learning
  7. PE-347 Adapted Physical Education
  8. PE-365 Measurement Evaluation and Prescription in Physical Education
  9. PE-415 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Physical Education and Health
  10. PE-495 Kinesiology
  11. PE-515 Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics
  12. PE-525 Physiology of Exercise

Physical Education Major — Fitness Development

  1. BIO-155 Organismal and Ecological Biology
  2. BIO-215 Human Anatomy and BIO-225 Human Physiology -OR- BIO-055 Anatomy and Physiology
  3. PE-105 Foundations of Physical Movement
  4. PE-115 Fundamentals of Exercise and Nutrition
  5. PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  6. PE-365 Measurements/Evaluation and Prescription in Physical Education
  7. PE-515 Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics
  8. PE-525 Physiology of Exercise
  9. All of the following courses in the Strength and Conditioning Group:

    PE-050 or –060 Weight Training
    PE-050 or –060 Physical Conditioning
    PE-185 Group Exercise
    PE-405 Program Design
    PE-435 Methods of Teaching Strength Training and Conditioning
    PE-495 Kinesiology

    -OR-

    All of the following courses in the Health and Wellness Group:

    PE-125 Introduction to Community Health
    PE-135 Concepts of Individual Wellness
    PE-145 Concepts of Consumer Health
    PE-155 Substance Abuse

State of Iowa Health Certification Endorsement

  1. PE-115 Fundamentals in Exercise and Nutrition
  2. PE-125 Introduction to Community Health
  3. PE-135 Concepts of Individual Wellness
  4. PE-145 Concepts of Consumer Health
  5. PE-155 Substance Abuse
  6. SOC-207 Sociology of the Family -OR- NUR-297 Parent Child Relationships

State of Iowa Coaching Endorsement (#55, K-12)

  1. Teaching certification in an academic area
  2. BIO-055 Anatomy and Physiology -OR- BIO-215 Human Anatomy -AND- BIO-225 Human Physiology
  3. PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  4. One of the following:

    PE-205 Theory of Coaching
    PE-215 Psychology of Coaching
    PE-435 Methods of Teaching Strength Training and Conditioning

The Coaching Endorsement (#55, K-12) may be granted to any student with teacher certification completing a major in physical education by taking Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (PE-325).

State of Iowa Coaching Authorization

  1. PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  2. EDU-235 Educational Psychology and Development
  3. One of the following:

    PE-115 Fundamentals in Exercise and Nutrition
    PE-525 Physiology of Exercise
    BIO-055 Anatomy and Physiology
    BIO-215 Human Anatomy

  4. One of the following:

    PE-205 Theory of Coaching
    PE-215 Psychology of Coaching

Courses in Physical Education

PE-010,-020,-050,-060 Physical Education Activities
Badminton, weight training, volleyball, physical fitness, recreational sports, gymnastics, swimming, squash, rock climbing, scuba diving, dance, jogging, racquetball, archery, tennis, handball, golf, cycling, and ballroom dancing investigated in depth through history, rules, strategy, development of playing skill, and physical conditioning. No course may be taken more than once. (0.2 course credit per activity)

PE-045 Physical Education for the Elementary Teacher
Emphasizes a survey of modern health and physical education practice in school and community, and the development of exercise in the elementary school through singing games and rhythms, folk and square dancing, games, and sports. (0.5 course credit)

PE-085 Health Education for the Elementary Teacher
Surveys health-related issues that directly affect the lives of young children. Topics include health, fitness, substance abuse, and physical and mental insult. Students learn to identify and respond to children who have been placed at risk. (0.5 course credit)

PE-105 Foundations of Physical Movement
The foundations, historical development, professional qualification, and opportunities in the field of physical education. Movement education theory is studied as it applies to all grade levels.

PE-115 Fundamentals in Exercise and Nutrition
Study and evaluation of existing health patterns, which are tested to elicit positive behavior changes. Principles of exercise physiology and fitness, weight control and human nutrition, and problems associated with malnutrition and overnutrition are included to provide students with concepts for an enhanced lifestyle.

PE-125 Introduction to Community Health
Philosophy and practice of public and community health, including economic, sociological, and legal justification.

PE-135 Concepts of Individual Wellness
Examination of personal health and positive lifestyle through the enhancement of physical, social, and mental/emotional wellness.

PE-145 Concepts of Consumer Health
Examination of health care products, services, and consumer protection vehicles in today's marketplace. Information and guidelines enable individuals to select health care products and services intelligently.

PE-155 Substance Abuse
Effects of drugs on the body, problems and risks of drug abuse, and drug education programs are examined.

PE-165 Master Activity Class for Teachers
Covers all phases of the teaching methodology. This class assesses the skill acquisition of the learner. Students model instructional procedure. After introduction of the activity or skill, students pre-test, teach, and assess each other in the activity or skill. Activities and skills include the following: Soccer/ Football/Volleyball, Basketball/Softball/Track and Field, Racquet Activities, Strength Conditioning/Fitness, Cycling/Bowling/Archery, Dance/Rhythms, and Aquatic Activities.

PE-175 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Principles of human biology, hygienic applications to the care of the body, and the effects of alcohol and substance abuse. Also, the nature of injuries frequently sustained in athletic participation and the control, handling, and care of injuries. Training room procedures, lecture, and laboratory. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PE-185 Group Exercise
Explores the up-to-date, ever-changing, group aerobic activities available in the 21st Century. Students discover the advantages and disadvantages, background, physical benefits, and techniques of performing a variety of group aerobic activities. Prerequisite: Foundations of Physical Movement (PE-105). (0.5 course credit)

PE-205 Theory of Coaching
Sports treated from the standpoint of theory and practice. Topics vary from term to term and include but are not limited to football, basketball, baseball and softball, wrestling, track, swimming, and volleyball. May be repeated for credit provided the topic is substantially different. (0.5 course credit)

PE-215 Psychology of Coaching
An introduction to the area of sport psychology, which focuses on the underlying psychological and psychophysiological factors that influence performance in sports and physical activity. The following topics are emphasized: motivation, positive mental attitude (goal setting, self talk, mental imagery), anxiety/stress, self confidence, concentration, communication skills, sportsmanship, and psychological preparation for competition.

PE-225 Motor Learning
Designed to acquaint students with research findings, empirical evidence, and theoretical constructs regarding the learning and teaching of motor skills. Emphasis placed upon the state of the learner, the learning process, and the conditions for learning. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PE-315 Methods of Elementary School Physical Education and Health
Analysis of the program of physical education and health for the elementary school. Selection of activities, teaching methods, program planning, equipment and facilities, class management, and evaluation will be examined. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PE-347 Adapted Physical Education
A program of activities adapted for individuals with physical disabilities. Development of a rehabilitative exercise program for correction of physical handicaps or deviations.

PE-365 Measurement/Evaluation and Prescription in Physical Education
Study of various methods of measurement and evaluation of motor skills and motor performance in physical activity. Construction of skills tests, proper testing procedures, and basic statistics used in evaluating the results covered. Assessment of physical fitness components followed by prescribed activity to improve those components is studied.

PE-405 Program Design
A theory-based course with strength training activities and program planning for students, athletes, and members of a community. Emphasis in this course is on applying physiological principles involved in strength and conditioning to design and evaluate strength training programs. Prerequisite: Methods of Teaching Strength Training and Conditioning (PE-435). (0.5 course credit)

PE-415 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Physical Education and Health
Analysis of the program of physical education for the secondary schools. Selection of activities, teaching methods, program planning, equipment and facilities, class management, and evaluation. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PE-435 Methods of Teaching Strength Training and Conditioning
Weight training from the standpoint of theory and practice. Topics include methods of teaching weight training, strength-development factors, successful routines, flexibility, speed training, stretching, plyometrics, safety, weight programs for athletes, and selecting best lifts and training programs for general populations. Prerequisites: Organismal and Ecological Biology (BIO-155), Human Anatomy (BIO-215), or Anatomy & Physiology (BIO-055) and junior standing.

PE-495 Kinesiology
Application of the principles of structure and mechanics involved in human movement. Prerequisites: Organismal and Ecological Biology (BIO-155), Human Anatomy (BIO-215) and Human Physiology (BIO-225), or Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-055).

PE-515 Organization and Administration of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics
Objectives, principles, and methods of organization and administration of physical education, health education, recreation, and athletics in elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PE-525 Physiology of Exercise
The study and evaluation of the effects of exercise upon the biological control systems of the human body. Topics will include bioenergetics, exercise metabolism, endocrine function during and cardiopulmonary response to exercise, neuromuscular function, acid-base regulation, temperature regulation, and the effect of endurance training on various organ systems. Prerequisites: Organismal and Ecological Biology (BIO-155); Human Anatomy (BIO-215) and Human Physiology (BIO-225) or Anatomy and Physiology (BIO-055).

PE-895 Part Time Internship in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation
Investigation of physical education, health, or recreation through voluntary field placement supervised by a faculty member in the department. A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. Not available to prospective teachers in physical education. One credit may apply toward the physical education major. Prerequisites: declared physical education or interdisciplinary major, consent of instructor or department.