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Physical Education Major

Become a Physical Education teacher and take action against one of our nation’s most critical health problems. As a P.E. teacher, you play a direct role in the lifetime health of your students. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever for young people to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and discover activities they actually enjoy. Grand View's accredited program prepares you for a career as a P.E. teacher in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

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Why Grand View?

  • Faculty members nurture individual students while holding them accountable on their path to becoming a professional educator.
  • We are uniquely positioned in Des Moines, Iowa, which allows students to experience urban, suburban and rural classrooms in practicum and student teaching.
  • Committed to developing teachers who are empowered to meet the diverse needs of today's students.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind, research-based grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant will prepare teachers with ESL endorsements. You will gain cutting edge skills, marketability and other incentives. 
  • You’ll work closely with an experienced physical education teacher for two entire semesters prior to student teaching.
  • The Grand View teacher education program is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education.
  • Earn graduate credit: eligible undergrads can dual-enroll in up to six hours of graduate coursework to count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Career Options

You will be doing more than just teaching with a degree from Grand View. You will be changing lives through education when you work as a:

  • Physical Education Teacher 
  • Activities Director
  • Adventurer/Risk Trainer
  • Aquatic Management
  • Athletic Director/Trainer
  • Camp Director
  • College/University/high School Coach
  • Community/Commercial Recreation Director
  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Educator
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • Park Manager
  • Personal Trainer

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Pre-Education Requirements / Prerequisites

Minimum 3.0 GPA required. 11 credits toward the major plus 12-13 credits toward General Education Core Requirements.

Courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought. 

ENGL 101* or
ENGL 252* or
ENGL 220*
First Year Composition or
Academic Writing or
Academic English for Multilingual Students II
3 credits or
3 credits or
4 credits
A math course* Must meet GV Quantitative Reasoning Requirement 3 credits
A science course* Must meet GV General Ed Core 3 - 4 credits
PSYC 101* General Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 103 or
SPCH 126
Making Connections or
Speaking of Faith and Meaning
3 credits
EDUC 111 Introduction to Education 3 credits
EDUC 146 Psychology and Development for Educators 3 credits
EDUC 243 or
EDUC 244
Instructional Planning & Assessment or Planning and Assessment for Art, Music, and Physical Education 3 or
2 credits
EDUC 280 Social Issues in Education 3 credits

Additional Prerequisites (7 credits)

Courses marked with * will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major, unless required for the content major or endorsements sought.

BIOL 101* General Biology I 4 credits
KINH 188* Personal and Community Health 3 credits

Remaining Requirements (66-67 credits)

EDUC 245 Instructional Technologies 2 credits
EDUC 242 Pedagogies of Exceptional Learners 3 credits
BIOL 160
Human Anatomy
4 credits
BIOL 165 or
KINH 391
Human Physiology or
Exercise Physiology
4 or
3 credits
KINH 281 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 3 credits
KINH 205 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 3 credits
KINH 213 Theories and Techniques of Teaching Team Sports 3 credits
KINH 214 Theories and Techniques of Individual Sports 3 credits
KINH 215 Concepts in Movement Education 3 credits
KINH 304 History, Organization, and Administration of Physical Education 3 credits
KINH 335 Adaptive Physical Education 3 credits
EDUC 326 Physical Education and Health Methods in Elementary School 3 credits
EDUC 327 Elementary Physical Education / Health Practicum 2 credits
EDUC 328 Physical Education and Health Methods in the Secondary School 3 credits
EDUC 329 Secondary Physical Education / Health Practicum 2 credits
EDUC 421 Content Area Reading 3 credits
EDUC 442
Elementary Classroom Management 2 credits
KINH 371 Kinesiology 3 credits
EDUC 420 Elementary Student Teaching 6 credits
EDUC 425 Secondary Student Teaching 6 credits
CPR and Concussion Training Certificates are required to be on file with the Education Department at Grand View in order to obtain licensure.  
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Did You Know?

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A decline in physical activity has contributed to the unprecedented epidemic of childhood obesity. One important way to address this decline is through strong physical education programs in our nation's schools. To arrest the rise in obesity, children must be physically active during the school day and learn about keeping healthy through exercise and eating a balanced diet.

You Can Make a Difference

Research shows that healthy children learn more effectively and achieve more academically. If the lessons of lifetime physical activity and healthy food and beverage choices are modeled at home and reinforced in school, children will have the optimal foundation for healthy living.

Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Through effective physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Physical education is an integral part of developing the "whole" child in social settings and the learning environment.

Is Physical Education Right for You?

Physical education teachers are usually employed to teach children from the kindergarten level through high school. They promote physical activity and well-being through a variety of physical activities and sports. Students also might learn about CPR, first aid and overall health during their physical education period.

Physical education teachers also might serve as coaches for schools' sports teams or as health teachers. They must be physically fit, as most of their days are spent on their feet, and an overall knowledge of sporting and physical activity equipment is necessary.

Physical education teachers must develop lesson plans and prepare props and equipment just as any other teacher would. They must assure that their lesson plans are appropriate and effective for all students.

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