• Award-winning teachers bring nationally known dancers to campus
  • Professor Mark Anshel studies the psychology of sport, health, and exercise
  • At MTSU, students can choose from more than 100 programs
  • Yoga classes enhance health and fitness for participants

Physical Education

If you want a career in which you can enjoy sports and physical activity, give back to children or youth through teaching or coaching while fulfilling a critical role in helping people achieve a quality level of health, fitness, and skill, MTSU's Physical Education program is right for you. The program is unique, placing students, as future teachers, in several field-based experiences in schools, thus allowing them to begin educating young learners while supervised by a university professor and a public school teacher. No other program in Tennessee and few programs in the country allow the number and quality of supervised field experiences in the schools that MTSU does.

Totally different from ‘regular' classroom

MTSU senior P.E. major Sarah Jane Barnes says MTSU's Physical Education program has her on the road to reaching her goal of becoming a teacher. “I have thoroughly enjoyed all my classes and classmates and teachers as well,” Barnes says. “I chose Physical Education as my major because I love sports and leading an active lifestyle and also so that I could become a basketball coach. I have had a lot of fun being around my peers and have learned and grown very much.” Barnes says the environment is totally different from that of a ‘regular' classroom setting.

‘Best P.E. program around'

Shelby Moore heads to graduation with confidence. A senior majoring in Physical Education, she says, “We are taught how to be the best P.E. teachers we can possibly be. I decided on this major when I realized that I really wanted to be a coach, but this program has taught me that being a teacher first is a lot more important. If you are a good teacher, then you will be a good coach! I am super excited about graduating from this program; not only have I grown to truly love teaching students physical education, but I know for a fact that this is the best P.E. program around.”

Physical Education graduates put their skills and knowledge to use in a variety of professions ranging from teaching in various settings to working as therapists to managing others in the field. A variety of examples follow:

Individuals who enter the teaching field are usually offered the option to coach in most schools or districts.

  • Elementary physical education teacher
  • Middle school physical education teacher
  • High school physical education teacher

Physical Education graduates have been hired by school districts all across Tennessee and in surrounding states.

Fitness/Health Centers

  • Aerobics instructor
  • Athletic clubs/center director
  • Corporate fitness center manager
  • Fitness trainer
  • Health or fitness club manager
  • Personal fitness trainer
  • Somatics instructor
  • Strength trainer
  • Stress management consultant
  • Weight management consultant

Recreation Careers

  • Activities instructor
  • Aquatics specialist
  • Camp instructor/park ranger
  • Commercial recreation instructor
  • Correctional facilities recreation director
  • Dance studio director/instructor
  • Facility manager
  • Intramural/recreational sports director
  • Private clubs fitness instructor
  • Resort activities instructor
  • Sports club instructor
  • Sports tour operator
  • Veterans hospital recreation director
  • Wilderness therapy program director
  • YMCA/YWCA activities instructor

Therapy-Related Careers

  • Dance therapist
  • Movement therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Recreational therapist

Other Related Careers

  • Emergency services personnel instructor
  • Military physical education specialist
  • Professional dancer
  • Protective services personnel instructor

Professional Associations/Organizations

  • Administrative assistant
  • Assistant director of administration
  • Associate executive director
  • Director of communications
  • Executive director
  • Meeting and event coordinator
  • Membership coordinator

Undergraduate

After completing the program requirements, students will obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education Teacher Education with a K-12 teaching license. Three different areas within the degree are available:

Physical Education Teacher Education Program
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Education is offered for students seeking a Tennessee K-12 Physical Education Teaching License. Guided by the NASPE Standards for beginning teachers, the major prepares teacher candidates in the areas of physical education content knowledge, instructional assessment, curriculum planning, and effective pedagogical skills. The program includes courses in the major disciplinary areas of physical education as well as courses that include significant clinical and practical experiences.

The PETE program consists of 120 credits, which includes 41 hours of General Studies.The mission of the PETE program is to prepare teacher candidates for the critical role of school physical education teachers who are committed to providing their students with high quality physical education programs where learning is promoted through a variety of physical activities and movement experiences.

Non-Teaching Physical Education Program
Physical education is a comprehensive field that engages individuals of all ages, abilities, and cultures in movement experiences that contribute to their growth and development. Physical education is a dynamic field, constantly evolving as societal trends, demographics, and other factors impact upon it.

Activities Program
Physical education is an integral part of the total educational process, which contributes to development in the cognitive, affective, motor, and health-related fitness learning domains. The attainment of fitness, skills, and knowledge in a variety of physical activities contributes to the social and emotional growth, as well as the physical development of each student.

The purpose behind the HHP Department activities program is to introduce students to a variety of lifetime sports, games, and/or activities. Participation in these physical activities is necessary for young adults in college to improve their fitness, skills, and knowledge for safe and satisfactory involvement in these activities over their lifespan.

Students majoring in Physical Education will be required to have a minor in Secondary Education. A second minor can be obtained if an individual is interested in attending additional terms. Other areas of interest for a minor may include health education, coaching, driver's education, and dance. Specific minors offered in the Department of  Health and Human Performance are Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

Graduate​

Students may obtain a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Health and Human Performance (HHP) with a choice of two concentrations: Health and Physical Education. The Physical Education program is designed to enhance the pedagogical skills and knowledge of students who already hold a bachelor's degree in physical education. Students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field may pursue an M.S. in HHP with a concentration in Physical Education after completing required prerequisite courses. Another option is to combine the M.S. program with the post-baccalaureate K-12 licensure program. Students must complete the Ready to Teach program in order to be admitted into the program.

Students may also pursue a Ph.D. in Human Performance with a specialization in physical education. The focus of this degree is to transition individuals from physical education teacher to the role of a physical education teacher educator and researcher. See the Physical Education Graduate Program Manager for details.

Other programs offered by HHP

Other majors in the Department of Health and Human Performance leading to a B.S. are Athletic TrainingExercise ScienceCommunity and Public Health, which has two concentrations: Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness; and Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies. Both a B.S. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree are available through the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology concentration under the Speech and Theatre major.

Other specializations under the Ph.D. in Human Performance are exercise science, health, kinesmetrics, and leisure studies.

In addition, M.S. degrees are available with a major in Exercise Science and a major in Leisure and Sport Management with a choice of concentrations in Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

Physical Education, B.S.

Department of Health and Human Performance 
615-898-2904
Don Belcher, program coordinator
Don.Belcher@mtsu.edu

The major in Physical Education offers preparation for teaching positions in public and private elementary and secondary schools in Tennessee. Students must complete a Secondary Education minor that includes student teaching.

Persons who wish to pursue a non-teaching career may consult with the assigned advisor.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Physical Education, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education courses are recommended for this major:

  • HLTH 1530/HLTH 1531 (Soc/BS)

Major Requirements (52 hours)

  • HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

  • PHED 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HLTH 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

 

  • PHED 3430 - Skill Themes: Games, Gymnastics, and Rhythms

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental areas of educational gymnastics, educational games, and educational/creative dance/rhythms. How movement education relates to an individual child's personal development--intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Activities suitable for the needs, abilities, and interests of children and developmentally appropriate practices.

  • PHED 3720 - Fitness Education K-12

    3 credit hours

    Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for K-12. Offers preparation to administer and interpret assessment of related components with the understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the K-12 student. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • PHED 2800 - Introduction to Physical Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces prospective students to the field of physical education. For those interested in teaching/coaching physical activities. Students taken through a broad range of activities in classrooms, gymnasiums, and outdoors.

  • PHED 4000 - Pedagogy of Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHED 2800 and PHED 4400. Corequisite: PHED 4001. Planning and instruction in the K-12 physical education setting including environmental arrangements, task presentation, content development, and classroom management.

  • PHED 4001 - Pedagogy of Physical Education Practicum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Corequisite: PHED 4000. Provides teacher candidates with practicum experiences with peers and youth in physical education. Students will have an opportunity to apply and develop the skills and knowledge gained in PHED 4000.

  • PHED 3900 - Adapted Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with disabilities. Includes best practices and approaches to planning and implementing physical education instruction for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in the educational, recreational, and physical fitness process and placement in the least restrictive environments and community programs. Addresses the unique needs of future physical education teachers.

  • PHED 4400 - Motor Behavior  3 credit hours  

    PHED 4400 - Motor Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Processes related to the learning, control, and coordination of movement. Principles in motor learning, motor development, and motor control addressed in relation to movement and skill acquisition. Examines the major behavioral and control processes underlying the learning and performance of motor skills.

  • PHED 4470 - Educational Rhythms for Teachers

    2 credit hours

    Educational rhythms for teaching physical education. Rhythmic skills, progressive movement, and creative physical activities explored and utilized for the student's understanding of educational rhythms. Explores educational rhythms as an academic discipline as well as an art form and as a lifelong social/recreational activity.

  • PHED 4710 - Authentic Assessment in Teaching Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    Authentic assessment techniques used in teaching physical education. Matching appropriate assessment to different types of assessment instruments and to the objectives of the physical education curriculum. Computer applications related to assessment in physical education used.

  • PHED 4780 - Curriculum in Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with and without disabilities. Reviews best practices and approaches to planning and implementing instruction, as well as the curriculum models of physical education. Addresses unique needs of future physical education teachers.

 

  • PHED 4800 - Elementary Physical Education Teaching Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Planning, implementing, and evaluating the teaching-learning process at the elementary school level. Requires field experience in teaching physical education at an area elementary school.

  • PHED 4801 - Teaching Elementary Physical Education Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to children with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

  • PHED 4900 - Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Opportunity to observe the art of teaching and the act of learning in physical education classes at the secondary level. Advanced study and practice of effective teaching and learning theory in secondary physical education related to classroom, gymnasium, and field situations.

  • PHED 4901 - Teaching Secondary Physical Education Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to middle and high school learners with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

  • PHED 4910 - Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the analysis of human movement based on the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of human activities. Laboratory experiences included.

  • PHED 4930 - Teaching Territory Games

    3 credit hours

    Games and skills associated with a variety of territory games. Includes basketball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, etc. Emphasis on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

  • PHED 4940 - Teaching Net and Wall Games

    2 credit hours

    Games and skills associated with a variety of net/wall games, including volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, racquetball, etc. Emphasis placed on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

  • PHED 4990 - Seminar in Teaching Physical Education

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHED 4800 and PHED 4900. A comprehensive review of the organization and management of physical education, presenting students with skills and strategies for becoming effective beginning teachers. Crucial issues and trends affecting the fields of physical education, including issues of advocacy, legal liability, alternative teaching strategies, ethics and professionalism, diversity, classroom management, and career planning.

Secondary Education Minor (27 hours)

See Secondary Education Minor for further information.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Physical Education

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following curriculum is the recommended sequence of courses. Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours (HLTH 1530/HLTH 1531 recommended)
  • Natural Sciences (Rubric 1) 4 credit hours
  • PHED 2800 - Introduction to Physical Education

    2 credit hours

    Introduces prospective students to the field of physical education. For those interested in teaching/coaching physical activities. Students taken through a broad range of activities in classrooms, gymnasiums, and outdoors.

 

  • HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

  • PHED 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education  3 credit hours  (or approved First Aid/CPR competency)

    PHED 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HLTH 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Natural Sciences (Rubric 2) 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics (statistics rec.) 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (Rubric 2) 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PHED 3430 - Skill Themes: Games, Gymnastics, and Rhythms

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental areas of educational gymnastics, educational games, and educational/creative dance/rhythms. How movement education relates to an individual child's personal development--intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Activities suitable for the needs, abilities, and interests of children and developmentally appropriate practices.

  • PHED 3720 - Fitness Education K-12

    3 credit hours

    Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for K-12. Offers preparation to administer and interpret assessment of related components with the understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the K-12 student. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • PHED 4910 - Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the analysis of human movement based on the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of human activities. Laboratory experiences included.

  • PHED 4930 - Teaching Territory Games

    3 credit hours

    Games and skills associated with a variety of territory games. Includes basketball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, etc. Emphasis on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

Junior

 

  • PHED 4000 - Pedagogy of Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHED 2800 and PHED 4400. Corequisite: PHED 4001. Planning and instruction in the K-12 physical education setting including environmental arrangements, task presentation, content development, and classroom management.

  • PHED 4001 - Pedagogy of Physical Education Practicum

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Corequisite: PHED 4000. Provides teacher candidates with practicum experiences with peers and youth in physical education. Students will have an opportunity to apply and develop the skills and knowledge gained in PHED 4000.

  • PHED 3900 - Adapted Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with disabilities. Includes best practices and approaches to planning and implementing physical education instruction for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in the educational, recreational, and physical fitness process and placement in the least restrictive environments and community programs. Addresses the unique needs of future physical education teachers.

  • PHED 4400 - Motor Behavior  3 credit hours  

    PHED 4400 - Motor Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Processes related to the learning, control, and coordination of movement. Principles in motor learning, motor development, and motor control addressed in relation to movement and skill acquisition. Examines the major behavioral and control processes underlying the learning and performance of motor skills.

  • PHED 4470 - Educational Rhythms for Teachers

    2 credit hours

    Educational rhythms for teaching physical education. Rhythmic skills, progressive movement, and creative physical activities explored and utilized for the student's understanding of educational rhythms. Explores educational rhythms as an academic discipline as well as an art form and as a lifelong social/recreational activity.

  • PHED 4710 - Authentic Assessment in Teaching Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    Authentic assessment techniques used in teaching physical education. Matching appropriate assessment to different types of assessment instruments and to the objectives of the physical education curriculum. Computer applications related to assessment in physical education used.

  • PHED 4780 - Curriculum in Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with and without disabilities. Reviews best practices and approaches to planning and implementing instruction, as well as the curriculum models of physical education. Addresses unique needs of future physical education teachers.

  • PHED 4940 - Teaching Net and Wall Games

    2 credit hours

    Games and skills associated with a variety of net/wall games, including volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, racquetball, etc. Emphasis placed on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

Subtotal: 26 Hours

Senior

 

  • PHED 4800 - Elementary Physical Education Teaching Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Planning, implementing, and evaluating the teaching-learning process at the elementary school level. Requires field experience in teaching physical education at an area elementary school.

  • PHED 4801 - Teaching Elementary Physical Education Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to children with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

  • PHED 4900 - Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Opportunity to observe the art of teaching and the act of learning in physical education classes at the secondary level. Advanced study and practice of effective teaching and learning theory in secondary physical education related to classroom, gymnasium, and field situations.

  • PHED 4901 - Teaching Secondary Physical Education Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to middle and high school learners with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

 

  • PHED 4990 - Seminar in Teaching Physical Education

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHED 4800 and PHED 4900. A comprehensive review of the organization and management of physical education, presenting students with skills and strategies for becoming effective beginning teachers. Crucial issues and trends affecting the fields of physical education, including issues of advocacy, legal liability, alternative teaching strategies, ethics and professionalism, diversity, classroom management, and career planning.

  • YOED 4020 - Residency I: Grades K-12

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format in art, drama, music, or physical education.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

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Physical Education

PHED 1010 - Beginning Folk and Square Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1020 - Beginning Social Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1040 - Beginning Tennis
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1050 - Adapted Physical Activity
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1060 - Adapted Physical Activity
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1080 - Beginning Bowling
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1100 - Beginning Karate
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1110 - Casting and Fishing Techniques
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1120 - Backpacking and Hiking
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1130 - Beginning Bicycling
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1140 - Gymnastics
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1150 - Beginning Badminton
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1160 - Beginning Archery
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1170 - Beginning Racquetball
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1180 - Aerobic Walking
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1190 - Aerobic Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1200 - Beginning Weight Training
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1210 - Beginning Basketball
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1220 - Beginning Soccer
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1240 - Water Aerobics
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1250 - Self Defense
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1260 - Intermediate Bicycling
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1270 - Yoga
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1271 - Intermediate Yoga
2 credit hours

An in-depth study of Hatha Yoga including the eight stages (or limbs) of yoga as explained in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali written around 200 to 300 B.C. Emphasis placed on asana (physical postures, pranayama (breathing techniques), and dyhana (meditation). Yoga as a science, art, philosophy, and lifestyle interwoven into the academic experience. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1272 - Advanced Yoga
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PHED 1270 and PHED 1271. An in depth study of Hatha Yoga, including the eight stages, or limbs, of yoga as explained in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali written around 200 to 300 B.C. Emphasis placed on asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and dyhana (meditation). Yoga as a science, art, philosophy, and lifestyle will be interwoven into the academic experience. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

PHED 1280 - Beginning Pilates
1 credit hour credit

Series of floor exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates designed to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and concentration. Focus on postural alignment and body mechanics; facilitates enhancement of kinesthetic sense overall and increases body awareness. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1281 - Intermediate Pilates
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHED 1280 or permission of department. An in-depth study of the Pilates methodology. Designed to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and concentration while bridging the mind and body, linking between everyday life and optimal performance. Emphasis placed on technique (physical and mental exercises) and philosophies of movement. Pilates as a science, art form, philosophy, and physical exercise interwoven into the academic experience. May be repeated twice for a maximum of four credits.

PHED 1290 - Tai Chi
1 credit hour credit

All 56 postures of Chen-style tai chi taught in one semester. Includes an overview of the history, philosophy, principles, and benefits of tai chi. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1300 - Personal Conditioning
1 credit hour credit

Basic concepts, techniques, and activities needed to design an individual conditioning program. Basic nutrition also covered. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1301 - Women's Personal Conditioning
1 credit hour credit

Basic concepts, techniques, and activities specific to females for lifelong fitness habits and lifestyle.

PHED 1310 - Beginning Rugby
1 credit hour credit

Introduces the basics of the game of rugby. Coed, non-contact play coupled with classroom analysis. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1320 - Intermediate Rugby
1 credit hour credit

Continued study of the continuous game. Principles of play with additional emphasis on coaching, officiating, and the laws and strategies of Rugby. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1330 - Intermediate Tai Chi
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: PHED 1290 with a minimum grade of B or permission of instructor. All 40 postures of Yang International Competition Style Tai Chi taught in one semester. Explores history, philosophy, principles, and benefits of tai chi. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 1340 - Chi Gong
1 credit hour credit

Involves the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. Research benefits: stress reduction, decreased blood pressure, improved health. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2000 - Beginning Wrestling
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2010 - Beginning Modern Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2020 - Beginning Golf
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours. Fee required.

PHED 2030 - Tumbling and Trampoline
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2040 - Beginning Swimming
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2050 - Adapted Physical Activity
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2060 - Adapted Physical Activity
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2070 - Intermediate Swimming
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2071 - Fitness Swimming
1 credit hour credit

Refining swimming strokes so students can swim with more ease, efficiency, and power. Offers information needed to design workout for using swimming as a fitness activity. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2080 - Intermediate Modern Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2090 - Intermediate Tennis
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2120 - Scuba Diving
2 credit hours

Students must pass a swimming proficiency test.

PHED 2121 - Advanced Scuba Diving I
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Open water certification required; not a prerequisite for PHED 2124. Exposes divers to scuba equipment maintenance, navigation skills, ability to safely participate in night and limited visibility diving, and basic seamanship skills.

PHED 2123 - First Aid for SCUBA Divers
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PHED 2120. Provides knowledge and skills necessary for certification in CPR for the professional rescuer. Covers blood-borne pathogens, oxygen administration, and first aid for scuba divers.

PHED 2124 - Advanced SCUBA Diving II
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Open water certification required; can be taken before PHED 2121. Offers training to prevent, recognize, and handle in-water problems and diving emergencies; utilizes enriched air nitrox as a breathing medium. Additional lectures required for Master Diver certification.

PHED 2130 - Basic River Canoeing
1 credit hour credit

Students must pass a swimming proficiency test. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2140 - Basic Lifeguarding
2 credit hours

Includes lifeguard training, automated external defibrillation, professional rescuer oxygen administration, and preventing disease transmission.

PHED 2160 - Ballet-Primary
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2170 - Ballet-Intermediate
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2180 - Beginning Jazz Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2190 - Beginning Tap Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours..

PHED 2200 - Modern Gymnastics
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2240 - Beginning Roller Skating
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours. Fee required.

PHED 2250 - Intermediate Bowling
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours. Fee required.

PHED 2260 - Basic Rock Climbing
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2270 - Beginning Volleyball
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2280 - Intermediate Tap Dancing
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2320 - Advanced Weight Training
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2330 - Advanced Karate
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2340 - Aquatic Instructor Certification
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2350 - Intermediate Badminton
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2380 - Intermediate Jazz Dance
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2410 - Beginning Softball
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2420 - Intermediate Golf
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2430 - Advanced Volleyball
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2440 - Advanced Swimming
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2450 - Advanced Tennis
1 credit hour credit

Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

PHED 2800 - Introduction to Physical Education
2 credit hours

Introduces prospective students to the field of physical education. For those interested in teaching/coaching physical activities. Students taken through a broad range of activities in classrooms, gymnasiums, and outdoors.

PHED 3200 - Somatic Movement
3 credit hours

An introduction to Somatics offering a diverse spectrum of movement experiences and techniques aimed at studying the unity of mind and body. History, theory, and practice explored to cultivate and promote mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being. Includes Eastern and Western modalities emphasizing Pilates, Yoga, Dance, and Tai Chi.

PHED 3250 - Workshops and Instructional Methods in Health Education
3 credit hours

Preparation for conducting workshops in a variety of professional settings.

PHED 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education
3 credit hours

(Same as HLTH 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

PHED 3430 - Skill Themes: Games, Gymnastics, and Rhythms
3 credit hours

Fundamental areas of educational gymnastics, educational games, and educational/creative dance/rhythms. How movement education relates to an individual child's personal development--intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Activities suitable for the needs, abilities, and interests of children and developmentally appropriate practices.

PHED 3500 - Physical Education for Early Childhood
3 credit hours

Principles, teaching strategies, and curriculum activities for young children. Planning age-appropriate physical activities and designing developmentally appropriate motor skill experiences for young children. Extensive practicum experiences in teaching. Two one-hour lectures and two one-hour labs per week.

PHED 3720 - Fitness Education K-12
3 credit hours

Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for K-12. Offers preparation to administer and interpret assessment of related components with the understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the K-12 student. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

PHED 3760 - Teaching Water Safety
2 credit hours

(Same as HLTH 3760.) Prerequisite: Beginning Swimming or pass a swimming assessment (must take before drop/add period ends). Designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for physical educators and recreational leaders to teach water safety.

PHED 3800 - Teaching in Physical Education
3 credit hours

Corequisite: PHED 3801. Focuses on planning and instruction in the K-12 physical education setting including environmental arrangements, task presentation, content development, and classroom management. Also includes information about history, philosophy, and current trends of the profession of teaching physical education.

PHED 3801 - Teaching in Physical Education Practicum
1 credit hour credit

Corequisite: PHED 3800. Provides teacher candidates with practicum experiences with peers and youth in physical education. Students will have an opportunity to apply and develop the skills and knowledge gained in PHED 3800.

PHED 3810 - Directing Intramurals
2 credit hours

Opportunity to observe the art of teaching and the act of learning in physical education and health classes at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Students will use observation tools in public school settings designed to help them recognize the varied responsibilities and skills needed in teaching physical education.

PHED 3850 - Foundations of Physical Education
3 credit hours

Lectures, discussion, and reports introduce students to the importance of physical activity and nutritional values as they relate to lifetime wellness. Study of physical education through its history, philosophy, leadership, and organization including related principles from biology, physiology, sociology, and psychology.

PHED 3900 - Adapted Physical Education
3 credit hours

For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with disabilities. Includes best practices and approaches to planning and implementing physical education instruction for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in the educational, recreational, and physical fitness process and placement in the least restrictive environments and community programs. Addresses the unique needs of future physical education teachers.

PHED 3910 - Officiating
2 credit hours

Technique and practice in officiating major sports.

PHED 3930 - Concepts and Tactics of Teaching Games
2 credit hours

Introduces the tactical approach to teaching games in physical education. Striking, fielding, and target games emphasized.

PHED 4250 - Internship
12 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval by area faculty required. On-site practical experience in physical education, exercise science/health promotion program.

PHED 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult
3 credit hours

(Same as HLTH 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

PHED 4400 - Motor Behavior
3 credit hours

Processes related to the learning, control, and coordination of movement. Principles in motor learning, motor development, and motor control addressed in relation to movement and skill acquisition. Examines the major behavioral and control processes underlying the learning and performance of motor skills.

PHED 4470 - Educational Rhythms for Teachers
2 credit hours

Educational rhythms for teaching physical education. Rhythmic skills, progressive movement, and creative physical activities explored and utilized for the student's understanding of educational rhythms. Explores educational rhythms as an academic discipline as well as an art form and as a lifelong social/recreational activity.

PHED 4600 - Technology Applications
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: PHED 4601. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

PHED 4601 - Technology Applications Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: PHED 4600. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

PHED 4710 - Authentic Assessment in Teaching Physical Education
3 credit hours

Authentic assessment techniques used in teaching physical education. Matching appropriate assessment to different types of assessment instruments and to the objectives of the physical education curriculum. Computer applications related to assessment in physical education used.

PHED 4780 - Curriculum in Physical Education
3 credit hours

For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with and without disabilities. Reviews best practices and approaches to planning and implementing instruction, as well as the curriculum models of physical education. Addresses unique needs of future physical education teachers.

PHED 4800 - Elementary Physical Education Teaching Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Planning, implementing, and evaluating the teaching-learning process at the elementary school level. Requires field experience in teaching physical education at an area elementary school.

PHED 4801 - Teaching Elementary Physical Education Practicum
3 credit hours

Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to children with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

PHED 4900 - Secondary Physical Education Teaching Methods
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Opportunity to observe the art of teaching and the act of learning in physical education classes at the secondary level. Advanced study and practice of effective teaching and learning theory in secondary physical education related to classroom, gymnasium, and field situations.

PHED 4901 - Teaching Secondary Physical Education Practicum
3 credit hours

Practicum experiences in teaching physical education to middle and high school learners with special emphasis on lesson planning, management, assessment, task presentation, and content development.

PHED 4910 - Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics
3 credit hours

Study of the analysis of human movement based on the anatomical, physiological, and mechanical principles of human activities. Laboratory experiences included.

PHED 4920 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

(Same as ATHT 4920/EXSC 4920/HLTH 4920/LSTS 4920.) Independent study topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a formal paper and/or comprehensive examination. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward degree.

PHED 4930 - Teaching Territory Games
3 credit hours

Games and skills associated with a variety of territory games. Includes basketball, soccer, flag football, lacrosse, field hockey, etc. Emphasis on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

PHED 4940 - Teaching Net and Wall Games
2 credit hours

Games and skills associated with a variety of net/wall games, including volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, racquetball, etc. Emphasis placed on planning and applying developmentally appropriate activities for all learners.

PHED 4990 - Seminar in Teaching Physical Education
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: PHED 4800 and PHED 4900. A comprehensive review of the organization and management of physical education, presenting students with skills and strategies for becoming effective beginning teachers. Crucial issues and trends affecting the fields of physical education, including issues of advocacy, legal liability, alternative teaching strategies, ethics and professionalism, diversity, classroom management, and career planning.

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Don Belcher
Don.Belcher@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2904

Sarah Fossett (A-D)
Sarah.Fossett@mtsu.edu
615-898-4818 | CKNB 108

Crystal Ellis (E-K)
Crystal.Ellis@mtsu.edu
615-898-4810 | CKNB 108

Gerald Christian (L-Q)
Gerald.Christian@mtsu.edu
615-898-4807 | CKNB 108

Judy Monroe (R-Z)
Judy.Monroe@mtsu.edu
615-904-8494 | CKNB 108

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