The major leading to a B.S.E. in Teaching K-12 Physical Education and Health provides students wit the knowledge and skills to design quality physical education and health lessons and programs for K-12 school children. Graduates will learn to effectively work as a teacher or coach in the K-12 school environment and have the skills needed to establish a class environment that promotes learning and engage students.

The program leads to licensure in teaching of K-12 physical education and health.

Requirements for B.S.E. in Teaching K-12 Physical Education and Health

Teaching K-12 Physical Education and Health

Admission to K-12 Teaching Physical Education and Health, which prepares a student to teach in the public schools, requires the following:

  • Must be admitted to the teacher education program in K-12 (see the Teacher Education Application Fee) after their sophomore year (45 hours of coursework).
  • Passing scores on ACT, SAT, GRE or PRAXIS Core (see adviser) 
  • Successfully complete an Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Child Maltreatment Registry background check  (Background checks must be current, there is a fee for this process.)
  • Prior to taking the following pedagogical courses PHED 3003, PHED 3033, PHED 3043, students are required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Prior to taking the following pedagogical courses PHED 4703, PHED 4743, PHED 432V, students are required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above.

To be eligible to enroll in the Senior Block Internship semester (PHED 4023, PHED 407V, PHED 4733), students are required to:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 and maintain through degree completion
  • Successfully complete an Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Child Maltreatment Registry background check  if not completed at Stage II (Background checks must be current, there is a fee for this process.)
  • Present scores for the Praxis II exams required by the Arkansas Department of Education licensure area of K-12 Physical Education, Wellness and Leisure

In order to complete the Teaching K-12 Physical Education and Health, students must maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average and complete all university requirements for graduation.

Students interested in obtaining an endorsement in coaching should contact the Coordinator of Teacher Education.

University Core (State Minimum Core)35
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab) (hours counted in the state minimum core)
Human Anatomy (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lecture)
and Human Anatomy Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lab) (hours counted in the state minimum core) 1
Additional Requirements for Teaching K-12 Physical Education and Health (45 hours)
PBHL 1103Personal Health and Safety3
COMM 1313Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)3
PHED 1003The Physical Education Profession: An Overview3
PHED 2023Sport Skills3
PHED 2373Elementary Physical Education3
PHED 3163Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application3
or EXSC 3153 Exercise Physiology
PHED 3203Principles and Problems of Coaching3
PHED 3223Motor Development3
PHED 3413Administration in Physical Education3
PHED 3573The School Health Program3
PHED 3623Sport Sociology3
PHED 3903Physical Education for Special Populations3
CIED 3033Classroom Learning Theory3
CNED 4003Classroom Human Relations Skills3
or CNED 3053 The Helping Relationship
EXSC 3013Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science3
or EXSC 3353 Mechanics of Human Movement
PHED Pedagogical Courses (16-17 hours)
Admission to the Pedagogical Courses - Meet Stage II Requirements
PHED 3003Outdoor Education3
PHED 3033Educational Rhythms and Gymnastics3
PHED 3043Teaching Fitness3
Senior PHED Courses
Admission to Senior PHED Courses - Meet Stage III Requirements
PHED 432VTeaching Practicum (1 or 2 hours)1-2
PHED 4743Secondary Physical Education3
PHED 4703Assessment in Physical Education3
Internship Semester
PHED 4023Class Management3
PHED 407VPhysical Education Teaching Internship6
PHED 4733Senior Seminar3
General Electives11-12
As needed for total hours based on waivers, exemptions and transfer inequalities
Total Hours120

All students seeking licensure in the state of Arkansas are subject to a criminal background check. Forms for this procedure may be obtained at the office of the Teacher Certification Officer, at the State Department, or any police station, including the campus police. These background checks take up to six months to process; therefore, students are advised to complete and submit the forms to the proper authorities six months in advance of actually applying for a license. Arkansas will not certify anyone who has been convicted of a felony. Although not required for the Kinesiology concentration in Physical Education, Wellness and Leisure, students seeking coaching endorsement will need to take PHED 4001, take the appropriate standardized exams (ACT, SAT, GRE, or PRAXIS core) as designated by the Arkansas State Department of Education, and make a "C" or better in all courses required by the University of Arkansas  for the Coaching Endorsement. Please see the College of Education and Health Professions PDF for these specific course numbers.

Teaching K-12 Physical Education & Health

Eight-Semester Degree Program (PHEDBS)

The teacher education program for Teaching K-12 Physical Education & Health does not qualify for the eight semester degree plan due to standardized exams (ACT, SAT, GRE, or PRAXIS core) and cumulative GPA requirements for progression. However, the following 8-semester sample plan shows how a first-year student could select their courses.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
Social Science (except PSYC 2003)13  
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4  
PBHL 1103 Personal Health and Safety3  
PHED 1003 The Physical Education Profession: An Overview3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)  3
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)  3
U.S. History or American National Government1  3
PHED 2023 Sport Skills3  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHED 3223 Motor Development3  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)3  
General Elective3  
Fine Arts or Humanities13  
BIOL 2443 Human Anatomy (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lecture)
& BIOL 2441L Human Anatomy Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 2404 Lab)
4  
Social Science (except PSYC 2003)1  3
Humanities or Fine Arts1  3
General Elective  6
PHED 2373 Elementary Physical Education  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHED 3003 Outdoor Education43  
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory3  
PHED 3203 Principles and Problems of Coaching3  
PHED 3903 Physical Education for Special Populations43  
PHED 3163 Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application3  
PHED 3033 Educational Rhythms and Gymnastics  3
PHED 3043 Teaching Fitness4  3
EXSC 3353 Mechanics of Human Movement
or EXSC 3013 Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science
  3
PHED 3413 Administration in Physical Education  3
PHED 3623 Sport Sociology  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHED 3573 The School Health Program3  
CNED 4003 Classroom Human Relations Skills3  
PHED 432V Teaching Practicum41  
General Elective3  
PHED 4703 Assessment in Physical Education3  
PHED 4743 Secondary Physical Education3  
PHED 4023 Class Management  3
PHED 407V Physical Education Teaching Internship  6
PHED 4733 Senior Seminar  3
Year Total: 16 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Courses

PHED 1003. The Physical Education Profession: An Overview. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the teaching of physical education. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for degree credit.

PHED 2023. Sport Skills. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to prepare the student to teach sport skills, primarily those taught in grades 5-8. Prerequisite: PHED 1003. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 2373. Elementary Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Program planning and techniques of teaching physical education activities to children; for early childhood, elementary and physical education teachers, supervisors, and principals. Prerequisite: PHED 1003. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 3003. Outdoor Education. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the student to acquire the skills, teaching and leadership techniques associated with outdoor and adventure activities. Prerequisite: PHED 1003, junior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 3033. Educational Rhythms and Gymnastics. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the student to perform and teach a variety of rhythmical and gymnastic activities. Prerequisite: PHED 1003, junior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Spring)

PHED 3043. Teaching Fitness. 3 Hours.

Instructional strategies for teaching public school students about fitness concepts. Prerequisite: PHED 1003, junior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Spring)

PHED 3163. Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application. 3 Hours.

Examination of the changes during childhood and adolescence of physiological responses to exercise. The exploration includes the study of the maturation of the body's functional capacities as it relates to exercise. Designed for Physical Education Teacher Education majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 2443 and BIOL 2441L. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 3163H. Honors Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application. 3 Hours.

Examination of the changes during childhood and adolescence of physiological responses to exercise. The exploration includes the study of the maturation of the body's functional capacities as it relates to exercise. Designed for Physical Education Teacher Education majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 2443 and BIOL 2441L and P-12 or K-12 physical education major. Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Summer)
This course is equivalent to PHED 3163.

PHED 3203. Principles and Problems of Coaching. 3 Hours.

A focus on the various aspects of coaching the athletes in contemporary society through an examination of research findings related to factors affecting performance. Attention to be given to principles, problems and understanding essential to the management of athletic contests. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 3223. Motor Development. 3 Hours.

An overview of contemporary motor development and movement theory, developmental hierarchies, and physiological aspects of development throughout the lifespan. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 3413. Administration in Physical Education. 3 Hours.

An examination of the administrative duties of the physical education teacher. (Typically offered: Spring)

PHED 3573. The School Health Program. 3 Hours.

Studies school health services, the health environment, and health education, as well as the teacher's potential role in each. Prerequisite: PBHL 1103. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 3623. Sport Sociology. 3 Hours.

An investigation of the impact of physical education and sport on society. (Typically offered: Spring)

PHED 3903. Physical Education for Special Populations. 3 Hours.

Provides fundamental concepts and skills essential to physical education programming for students with disabilities. Deals with definitions, disabling conditions, developmental and remedial activities, games, and sports. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 3903H. Honors Physical Education for Special Populations. 3 Hours.

Provides fundamental concepts and skills essential to physical education programming for students with disabilities. Deals with definitions, disabling conditions, developmental and remedial activities, games, and sports. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 4001. Coaching Practicum. 1 Hour.

Designed for students who want to add the Coaching Endorsement to the state teaching license. Student serves as a coaching assistant with a local school, University or recreational sports team. Students who serves as a coaching assistant with a local school must successfully complete a criminal background check prior to beginning coaching practicum. Prerequisite: PHED 3203 and proof of current First Aid/CPR/AED certification submitted to instructor of record. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 4023. Class Management. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the student to acquire an understanding that emphasizes class management; and includes professional ethics, and school policies related to students, faculty, and programs. Corequisite: PHED 407V and PHED 4733. Prerequisite: (1)Senior status in PHEDBS, (2)have a grade of "C" or better in all KINS/PHED Teacher Education classes: PHED 1003, PHED 2023, PHED 3033, PHED 3043, PHED 3203, PHED 2373, PHED 4703, PHED 4743, PHED 3903, PHED 432V, PHED 3003, PHED 3623 and PHED 3413 (3) must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7; passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education; and the completed Praxis II content knowledge for Health and Physical Education exam with scores presented to the university internship supervisor by December 1st. (Typically offered: Spring) May be repeated for degree credit.

PHED 407V. Physical Education Teaching Internship. 1-9 Hour.

This internship involves supervised teaching experience in a P-12 setting. Students will be placed under the guidance of a mentor teacher at specific school sites within NW Arkansas. Internship will be done at both the elementary and secondary levels. Successful completion of a criminal background check is required before beginning internship. Corequisite: PHED 4023 and PHED 4733. Prerequisite: Senior status in PHEDBS, a grade of "C" or better in all KINS/PHED Teacher Education classes; PHED 1003, PHED 2023, PHED 3033, PHED 3043, PHED 3203, PHED 2373, PHED 4703, PHED 3743, PHED 3903, PHED 432V, PHED 3003, PHED 3623 and PHED 3413; a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or greater; passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education; and the completed Praxis II content knowledge for Health and Physical Education exam with scores presented to the university internship supervisor by December 1st. In addition, current Certification in CPR/AED/First Aid should be provided to internship instructor of record. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

PHED 432V. Teaching Practicum. 1-2 Hour.

K-12 Kinesiology majors serve as a teaching assistant with a local school physical education teacher. This course should be taken the semester before PHED 407V Internship. Prerequisite: PHEDBS majors, 2.7 cumulative GPA, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 4703. Assessment in Physical Education. 3 Hours.

An examination of the assessment duties required of a physical education teacher. The use of authentic assessment and various grading strategies will be investigated. Prerequisite: PHED 1003, a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 4733. Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

This capstone class will cover special topics for the Kinesiology P-12 students in preparation for entry into the profession. Resumes, cover letters, teaching philosophy, references, and interview preparation will be included. Students will also review contemporary issues relevant to the physical education teacher. Corequisite: PHED 4023 and PHED 4733. Prerequisite: Senior status in PHEDBS, a grade of "C" or better in all KINS/PHED Teacher Education classes: PHED 1003, PHED 2023, PHED 3033, PHED 3043, PHED 3203, PHED 2373, PHED 4703, PHED 3743, PHED 3903, PHED 432V, PHED 3003, PHED 3623 and PHED 3413; a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or greater; and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education; and the completed Praxis II content knowledge for Health and Physical Education exam with scores presented to the university internship supervisor by December 1st. (Typically offered: Spring)

PHED 4743. Secondary Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Strategies and curriculum for physical education, grades 7-12. Prerequisite: PHED 1003, a cumulative grade point average of 2.7, and passing scores on approved standardized assessments as listed by the COEHP Office of Teacher Education. (Typically offered: Fall)

PHED 480V. Workshop. 3-6 Hour.

Physical education workshop. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. (Typically offered: Summer)