Physical Education and Coaching

Students majoring in physical education and coaching learn in a variety of contexts including micro teaching within classrooms in area school districts, and through multiple opportunities to work with those with disabilities within community-based settings and local facilities.

An active education

As early as day one, BVU physical education and coaching majors are working on the methodology of teaching P.E. in their courses, allowing them to observe other professional educators right away. BVU students have the opportunity to practice teaching in a number of different settings even before their student teaching begins as well, setting them apart from other candidates in the field. School districts often contact BVU looking for future hires before graduation.

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Research: BVU students present their findings across the Midwest and network with top educators, often resulting in future employment across the U.S.

Perspective: BVU students majoring in physical education and coaching often add human performance on for a double major, adding a broader perspective.

BVU is a leader in education graduates, and it’s for a reason. Our classrooms boast SMART Boards, 3D printers, and other equipment, providing collaboration opportunities.

Physical Education grads work locally, throughout the state of Iowa, Minnesota, and through a strong relationship with Washington D.C. public schools.

Major in Exercise Science: Physical Education and Coaching (K-8 and 5-12) (40 credit hours)

The physical education and coaching major specifically allows students to be licensed to teach K-8 and 5-12 physical education and to coach at all grade levels. It is recommended that students with this emphasis complete another teaching endorsement to increase the possibilities of placement.

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology
  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 181 Lifetime Leisure Activities
  • EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport
  • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
  • EXSC 240 Dance and Rhythms
  • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning
  • EXSC 432 Measurement and Evaluation in Health/ Physical Education
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport

2 courses from

  • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
  • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
  • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
  • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
  • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
  • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
  • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country

Plus requirements under secondary education and education core and

  • EDUC 360 Elementary Health and Physical Education Methods and Field Experience
  • TEAC 412 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Exercise Science

A minor is strongly recommended.

Minor in Exercise Science Health Education with Teaching Licensure (24 credit hours)

Only students seeking education licensure are eligible for a health minor.

  • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
  • EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology
  • SOCI 270 Family Relationships

6 credit hours from

  • BIOL 108 Human Reproduction and Development
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • PSYC 201 Child Development or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 203 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 265 Health Psychology
  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOCI 100 Modern Social Problems
  • SCWK 353 Social Intervention with Families

Additional certification for non-exercise science majors

  • Select the courses consistent with the level of your teaching endorsement

K-8 Teaching Licensure

  • EDUC 360 Elementary Health and Physical Education Methods and Field Experience
  • TEAC 412 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Exercise Science

5-12 Teaching Licensure

  • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
  • SEDU 431 Methods of Teaching Secondary Health and Physical Education and Field Experience
  • TEAC 422 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Exercise Science

Minor in Exercise Science/Coaching (24 credit hours)

  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning

Note: The student must select at least one course from each area below to total 24 credit hours for the coaching minor. Remaining hours to reach 24 must also come from the courses listed below.

Coaching

A maximum of two credits will count towards the minor.

  • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
  • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
  • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
  • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
  • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
  • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
  • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country
  • EXSC 494 Internship in Coaching

Health

  • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
  • EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition

General

  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport

Endorsement: Exercise Science Coaching Authorization/Endorsement (12 credit hours)

1 course from

  • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
  • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
  • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
  • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
  • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
  • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
  • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country

This K-12 coaching authorization meets the minimum state requirements for coaching.

  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning

Faculty

James Farnsworth

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Jamie Schoenherr

Lecturer in Athletic Training Education

Matthew Hanson

Advisor in Exercise Science