Physical Education

The Physical Education and Health major is founded on the belief that a person is happier, more productive, more self-assured, and better able to sustain these qualities as a result of maintaining good health and a sound body. In addition to teaching or coaching, students are prepared for careers as fitness instructors or health consultants. Some graduates continue their education in graduate school.

B.A. Degree — Physical Education Major

In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Physical Education must complete the following program:

  • BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 s.h. or
         BIOL3420 Human Anatomy 4 s.h. and BIOL3440 Human Physiology 4 s.h.
  • HLTH1100 First Aid or
         HLTH1110 First Aid for Professional Rescuer 1 s.h.
  • HLTH/PHED1300 Lifetime Health and Fitness Lab 2 s.h.
  • PHED1200 Motor Learning 2 s.h. 
  • PHED1250 Calisthenics I 2 s.h.
  • PHED2250 Calisthenics II 2 s.h.
  • PHED2360 Teaching Sports and Games 3 s.h.
  • PHED2380 Movement and Rhythm Activities 3 s.h.
  • PHED3280 The Foundations of Physical Education 3 s.h.
  • PHED3320 Assessment of K-12 Physical Education 1 s.h.
  • PHED3330 Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education 3 s.h.
  • PHED3340 Anatomical and Mechanical Kinesiology 3 s.h.
  • PHED/RECR3430 Special Physical Education/Leisure 3 s.h.
  • PHED4360 Physiology of Exercise 3 s.h. 
  • HMSC4320 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics 3 s.h.
  • HMSC4900 Research I 2 s.h.
  • HMSC4910 Research II 1 s.h.
  • Swimming Proficiency
    (This requirement can be met through PHED0140, PHED0360, PHED0480, PHED0610, or PHED2240 or completion of a prescribed sequence of swimming skills under the observation of a trained instructor.)

Completion of teacher education requirements as presented by the School of Education.

Physical Education (K-8)

  • BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 s.h.
  • EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum (in P.E.) 2 s.h.
  • HLTH1100 First Aid or
         HLTH1110 First Aid for Professional Rescuer 1 s.h.
  • PHED1200 Motor Learning 2 s.h.
  • PHED1250 Calisthenics I 2 s.h.
  • PHED2360 Teaching Sports and Games 3 s.h.
  • PHED2380 Movement and Rhythm Activities 3 s.h.
  • PHED3320 Assessment of K-12 Physical Education 1 s.h.
  • PHED3330 Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education 3 s.h.
  • PHED/RECR3430 Special Physical Education/Leisure 3 s.h.
  • Physical Education Electives (PHED prefix, only 2 s.h. of which may be Intercollegiate Athletics) 5 s.h.

 

Courses in Physical Education

Lecture-lab hours are noted following the titles of courses that have labs.

PHED0010-0740 Physical Education Activities 1-2 s.h.
A wide variety of classes in team, individual and recreational activities. Classes include aerobic dance, racquet sports, canoeing, fencing, jogging and conditioning, new games, scuba, tennis, volleyball, soccer, weight training and conditioning, swimming and advanced life saving, beginning and intermediate swimming, golf, relaxation and stress management, track and field, cycling, hockey, and fitness walking.  Goal 3F

PHED0750-0990 Intercollegiate Athletics (Women) 0-1 s.h.
Participation as a member of a GU athletic team: in cross country, golf, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, track, tennis, and bowling.  Goal 3F

PHED0760-0990 Intercollegiate Athletics (Men) 0-1 s.h.
Participation as a member of a GU athletic team: in football, cross country, golf, basketball, track, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, bowling, and wrestling. Goal 3F

PHED1200 Motor Learning 2 s.h.
Introduction to the principles involved in learning and teaching motor skills.

PHED1230 Body Weight Physical Training 2 s.h.
Theory and practice of training methods that employ one's body weight and/or the weight of others to develop functional fitness capacity. This course will employ the four common pillars of human movement to include locomotion, level changes, pushing/pulling, and rotation. Emphasis will be on rational progression, variety and precision.

PHED1250 Calisthenics I 2 s.h.
Theory and application of basic conditioning drills, dumbbell drills, medicine ball drills and other training designed to correct postural deformities and enhance operational effectiveness.

PHED1300 Lifetime Health and Fitness Lab (Also HLTH1300) 2 s.h.
The basic knowledge, understanding, components, and values of fitness and health as they relate to optimal healthful living. Theory and practical application of the basic concepts related to overall fitness and health will be provided by classroom and laboratory experiences (physical activity required). Goal 3F

PHED2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

PHED2240 Theory and Practice in Aquatics 2 s.h.
Survey of the aquatics area: analysis and evaluation of swimming, diving, and lifesaving skills. The course leads to certification as a Water Safety Instructor by the American Red Cross. Prerequisite: Advanced Lifesaving. 

PHED2250 Calisthenics II 2 s.h.
Theory and application of intermediate conditioning drills, dumbbell drills, medicine ball drills and other training designed to correct postural deformities and enhance operational effectiveness. PHED1250. 

PHED2360 Teaching Sports and Games 3 s.h.
Introduction and use of teaching techniques, analysis of skills, and principles of skill development through a variety of sports and games. Prerequisite: Physical Education major, Elementary Education major (PE Concentration), or consent of instructor.

PHED2380 Movement and Rhythm Activities 3 s.h.
Exploration and use of various teaching methods used in movement activities including basic locomotor, non-locomotor, and rhythm and dance activities. Prerequisites: PE or Elementary Education major, or PE or PK-3 teaching endorsement.

PHED2720 Physical Training Practicum I 1 s.h.
This practicum is designed to allow students to apply appropriate postural and functional movement screening to various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Prerequisites: CEPE Major, PHED1200, 1230, 1250, and sophomore standing. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED2900 Topics in Physical Education 1-3 s.h.
Study of selected topics in Physical Education to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

PHED3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance 2 s.h.
Theory and practical application of running, jumping, directional change, stability and other related mobility skills designed to enhance on and off-the-ground performance. 

PHED3280 The Foundations of Physical Education 3 s.h.
An introduction to the body of knowledge encompassing the discipline of physical education and the role of the professional physical educator. The course includes the historic philosophies, biologic, anatomic, psychologic, sociologic, and anthropologic foundations of physical education and their impact on human performance and values in sport.

PHED3320 Assessment in K-12 Physical Education 1 s.h.
Development and implementation of assessment and evaluation techniques through classroom and practical experiences. Prerequisites: PHED2360, Pre- or Co-requisite: PHED3330.

PHED3330 Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education 3 s.h.
Theory, methods, and development of teaching competence for prospective teachers of physical education at all levels. Prerequisite: PHED2360.

PHED3340 Anatomical and Mechanical Kinesiology 3 s.h.
A systematic study of the bones, joints, and muscles of the human body as well as internal external forces initiating and modifying movement. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 must show grade of "C" or higher. Goal 10 (Goal 10 Catalog 0809+)

PHED3350 Psychology of Coaching 3 s.h.
Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

PHED3400 Practicum in Physical Education 1-3 s.h.
Advanced teaching experience in college physical education activity classes. Prerequisite: PHED3330.

PHED3410 Theory of Coaching 1 s.h.
Knowledge and understanding of the techniques and theory of coaching interscholastic athletics, including professional ethics in coaching.

PHED3420 Practicum in Coaching 2 s.h.
Field experience for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of coaching with highly qualified personnel in a selected sport. (Note - no one may participate with students on a team in Iowa PK-12 schools unless they hold a coaching authorization or endorsement.) Pre-/corequisite: PHED3410 Theory of Coaching.

PHED3430 Special Physical Education/Leisure Theory (also RECR3430) 3 s.h.
Theory and techniques of adaptive, corrective and developmental activities to meet the needs of "special persons."

PHED3500 Wellness Assessment and Prescription 3 s.h.
Study of the variety of tools available to assess relative fitness. A broad range of instrumentation will be utilized. Prescriptive models will be studied and applied as a practical means of directing client wellness efforts. Goal 4ab

PHED3720 Physical Training Practicum II 1 s.h.
This practicum is designed to allow students to apply appropriate corrective exercises to various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Prerequisites: CEPE Major, PHED2720, 2250, and junior standing. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED3900 Topics in Physical Education 1-3 s.h.
Study of selected topics in Physical Education to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

PHED4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.

PHED4100 Tactical Aquatics 3 s.h.
Theory and practical application of approved operational skills required to effectively function in an aquatic environment. Prerequisite: Fitness Leadership major. 

PHED4360 Physiology of Exercise 3 s.h.
The principles and practices of energizing the human body for physical exercise. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 must show grade of "C" or better.

PHED4710 Internship in Physical Education 3-6 s.h.
Field experience providing practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting with qualified personnel. Example areas may include sports information, sports management, eligibility, equipment management, facility management, and others as approved by the HMS internship coordinator. Experiences may come from a single setting or a combination of settings. Six weeks or 240 hours preferably taken consecutively are required. Up to 3 s.h. may be waived for students completing internships from other majors within HMS. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours. Prerequisites: Approval of coordinator and completion or all lower division physical education requirements.

PHED4720 Physcial Training Practicum III 1 s.h.
This capstone practicum is designed to allow students to design and initiate fitness and performance enhancement programming for various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous and concurrent coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Prerequisites: CEPE Major, PHED3120, 3720. Co-requisite: PHED3500. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED4800 Wellness Management Internship 3 s.h.
Student will acquire experience with qualified personnel in a selected agency. Six weeks of involvement preferably taken consecutively. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.