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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Build foundations for fit and healthy lives.

Studies now show the importance of physical activity in a child or adolescent’s day is even more significant than we ever thought. Teachers in physical education are coming into the profession at a time when the nation continues to struggle with high obesity rates and less activity among children at an even younger age.

It’s in physical education class that a child can build a foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle. Physical activity improves a student’s concentration, memory and classroom behavior. It’s the physical education teacher who not only can instill in a child a love for physical activity and various athletics, but a greater purpose—an understanding of its value to a healthy life.

As a student in the William Woods University bachelor’s in physical education program, you will learn the differences between health-related and skill-related fitness. You will learn how to create movement-based learning opportunities for students in the areas of motor development, individual and large group activities that are designed to promote a lifelong priority of staying active. You will learn also how to modify lessons to meet the needs of all and how to assess your lessons in order to foster student learning.

In conjunction with the physical education degree you will take coursework to earn your Secondary Education Certification, which is required to teach physical education for grades K-12 in the state of Missouri.

Unique opportunities

  • Work with the local preschool and home school associations in teaching physical education skills
  • Get involved with the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) and take advantage of a number of professional development, networking and educational opportunities
  • Attend the MOAHPERD state conference, where William Woods has had two physical education students recognized as Major of the Year in Physical Education
  • Join the Physical Owl Club, which is composed of majors that seek local opportunities to better physical and health education knowledge
  • Join the international honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, where teachers and future teachers come together
  • Combine physical education with giving back through service opportunities such as volunteering with the YMCA as well as for the Special Olympics, hosted in Columbia, Missouri
  • Continue your education with a Master’s in Education in Athletics Administration to become an athletic director or in Administration to pursue principal certification, both programs offered by William Woods University

Career opportunities

The physical education degree will thoroughly prepare you to be a physical education teacher in the state of Missouri. Our graduates can be found teaching around the state of Missouri and across the country.

Perspectives

The faculty and staff in the physical education department made my time at William Woods an enjoyable experience. I was nervous about student teaching in my own physical education classroom, but my professors prepared me. WWU has prepared me for the educational world and I can now go into an interview confident in my abilities as an educator.

— TJ Quick, physical education graduate

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 40 core major credits, 3 lifetime activities and dance course credits, and 2 required elective credits.

Courses you may take

ATR100

Personal Health

3

ATR230

Prevention and Care of Injuries

3

ATR231

Prevention and Care Lab

1

EXS103

Nutrition

3

PED104

First Aid and CPR

2

PED135

Team Sports

1

PED136

Individual and Dual Sports

1

PED137

Flexibility and Stretching

1

PED205

Introduction to Anatomy/Physiology

3

PED215

Motor Learning

3

PED250

History and Philosophy

3

PED307

Methods of Physical Education Pre K – 4

3

PED308

Creative Movement

3

PED321

Kinesiology

3

PED322

Physiology of Exercise

3

PED350

Adapted Physical Education

3

PED405

Measurement and Evaluation

3

PED418

Methods of P.E. (6-12)

3

Curriculum


Admissions Information

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