Education Majors

Physical Education

Real-world experience builds confidence. As a Grand View Physical Education major, you’ll work alongside an experienced physical education teacher for two entire semesters prior to student teaching. These hands-on practicum experiences will give you the confidence you need to design lesson plans and work with students in both elementary and high school settings.

After satisfying the pre-education requirements, you'll apply for admission to the formal education program. You must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the major and a minimum 3.0 GPA in courses required for the complementary endorsements.

Admission requirements include: a minimum 2.5 grade point average in pre-education curriculum; no D grades in pre-education curriculum; successful completion of the English proficiency requirement; successful completion of the PRAXIS I/Pre-Professional Skills Test and satisfactory references.

Upon successful completion of the required curriculum of 130 credits, you are recommended to the State of Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure in Elementary Education.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to Teacher Education:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Planning and Assessment for Art, Music and Physical Education
  • Human Relations Training
  • First Year Composition
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Intermediate Algebra OR
  • Survey of Math with Applications OR
  • Finite Mathematics
  • General Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Introduction to Speech Communication
  • A Science Course

Prerequisite Courses for the Major:

  • General Biology I
  • Personal and Community Health

Courses Required for the Major:

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Education
  • Engaging All Learners
  • Educational Media
  • Physical Education and Health Methods in the Elementary School (K-8)
  • Elementary Physical Education/Health Practicum (K-8)
  • Physical Education and Health Methods in the Secondary School
  • Secondary and Physical Education/Health Practicum (5-12)
  • Elementary Student Teaching
  • Content Area Reading
  • Secondary Student Teaching
  • Elementary Classroom Management OR
  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • First Aid & Safety Respond to Emergencies OR
  • Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • History and Principles of Physical Education
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Theories & Techniques of Teaching Team Sports
  • Theories & Techniques of Teaching Individual Sports
  • Concepts in Movement Education
  • Organization & Administration of PE
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Development
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Program Applications

These applications are for current Grand View students. If you are a prospective student interested in majoring in education, you will apply to Grand View through the usual admissions process, then apply to the teacher education program at an appropriate point.  To apply to Grand View, please go here.

Application for admission to the teacher education program

Application for student teaching

Reference Documents

2015-16 Requirements

Physical Education Major

2014-15 Requirements

Physical Education Major

2013-14 Requirements

Physical Education Major

2012-13 Requirements

Physical Education Major

2010-12 Requirements

Physical Education Major