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Degree Requirements

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Questions? Contact

Joe Wooderson
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
(417) 328-1772
jwooderson@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Kinesiology website for more information.

Become teacher certified in physical or health education.

Fundamentals of sports and athletic skills are taught and opportunities for participation are provided through various physical education programs.

In addition to physical education certification, a teaching endorsement is available in health education.

The SBU Advantage

  • Our caring, close-knit supportive learning environment provides plenty of interaction, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Faculty are certified teachers experienced in the classroom.
  • Classroom field experiences begin during the sophomore year.
  • Our faculty’s commitment to networking will help you with job placement.
  • A large percentage of our recent graduating classes of teachers are already using their degree professionally. Many others have chosen to attend graduate school.

Engaged Learning

Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.

Course Information

While the program leading to Missouri teacher certification in grades K-12, K-9, and 9-12 for physical education is a major, health education is available only as a teaching endorsement, which means it is not accepted as a first teaching field.

Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with several education classes in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom. Junior year education curriculum includes another field experience. Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the 12-week student teaching experience.

Clubs and Organizations

Gamma Alpha Theta

SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.

Internship Opportunities

Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a 12-week student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a supervising teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will oversee the student’s experience.

Career Opportunities

SBU Physical Education graduates are eligible for initial teaching certification for K-12, K-9, or 9-12 in the State of Missouri.

Students who want to pursue a graduate-level degree in education can return to SBU, with a variety of options for master’s and specialist’s degrees, as well as a doctoral in education program.

Special Features

  • As part of a Christian university, we integrate the Christian faith into classroom instruction within the Department of Education. Scriptural truths are brought into the classroom for supporting educational truth and theoretical truth.
  • Area school district leaders seek out SBU graduates because they are well-prepared to teach in the classroom and be servant leaders in the academic community.
  • Our education department offers 26 certifications in a wide range of programs.

Degree Requirements

Physical Education Certification K-12

KIN 1012 General Activities I
Instruction in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment and history of team sports. Activities will include team sports such as soccer, flag football, volleyball, and softball. Students are expected to participate daily so they get the benefit of physical activity.
KIN 1022 General Activities II
This is an instructional course in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment, and history of individual sports. Activities include badminton, archery, step aerobics, weight training, pickle ball, and billiards. Students are expected to participate daily to get the benefit of physical activity.
KIN 1071 Beginning Swimming
Instruction in skills and techniques for beginning swimming. The American Red Cross Beginners Test must be passed for course credit to be received.
KIN 1033 Foundations of Physical Education and Sport
A course designed to help students develop perspectives in the field of physical education. Students will examine the different settings; kinds of programs; qualifications needed to enter the profession; career opportunities; and issues facing physical educators.
KIN 1142 Outdoor Adventures
Instruction and experience in outdoor skills of archery, hunting, fishing, camping, orienteering and outdoor living. Safety and environmental concerns will be incorporated.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 3053 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in physical education. Practice is given to administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate statistical procedures.
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
KIN 4043 Adapted Physical Education
Surveys areas of exceptionalities that occur within a physical education class as well as in a classroom setting. It is designed to help the prospective physical education teacher identify and understand the unique problems of the disabled individual giving specific consideration to mental retardation, pervasive development disorders, learning disabilities mental health disorders, physical disabilities, communication and visual disorders, health impairments, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.
KIN 4013 Sports and Physical Activity in American Society
A study of the place of sports and physical activity in American society. Principles, historical events and current status of sports and physical activity will be studied. Required of Physical Education/Sports Management majors.
KIN 2022 Perceptual Motor Development
Methods of teaching children through movement experiences. An emphasis will be placed on perceptual motor development as it relates to movement.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
KIN 3043 Analysis of Basic Rhythms
Study of basic rhythmic patterns including application of basic movements and teaching methods.
KIN 3133 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School
Teaching methods; selection of activities; program planning; emphasis on development of a progressive curriculum.
KIN/EDU 4533 Methods of Teaching Physical Education 5-12
Teaching methods; selection of activities; program planning; emphasis on development of a progressive curriculum (restricted to health and physical education majors and minors.)
Choose one of the following:
KIN 2032 Coaching of Volleyball
Study of offensive and defensive skills and strategy of volleyball. Coaching methods, strategy and organization of practice and matches are emphasized.
KIN 2052 Coaching of Softball and Baseball
The methods and materials used in coaching softball and baseball will be examined. A study of practice organization, skill analysis, teaching methods for each position, purchase and care of equipment. Conditioning will be included.
KIN 3012 Coaching of Football
Study of offensive and defensive systems; methods of coaching football.
KIN 3022 Coaching of Basketball
Study of components of basketball. Emphasis on individual and team skills, conditioning and strategy of play.
KIN 3062 Coaching of Track and Field
Study of accepted forms of track and field events; factors affecting endurance, speed and fatigue; preparation and selection of contestants for competition; and management techniques.

Physical Education Certification 9-12

KIN 1012 General Activities I
Instruction in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment and history of team sports. Activities will include team sports such as soccer, flag football, volleyball, and softball. Students are expected to participate daily so they get the benefit of physical activity.
KIN 1022 General Activities II
This is an instructional course in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment, and history of individual sports. Activities include badminton, archery, step aerobics, weight training, pickle ball, and billiards. Students are expected to participate daily to get the benefit of physical activity.
KIN 1033 Foundations of Physical Education and Sport
A course designed to help students develop perspectives in the field of physical education. Students will examine the different settings; kinds of programs; qualifications needed to enter the profession; career opportunities; and issues facing physical educators.
KIN 1142 Outdoor Adventures
Instruction and experience in outdoor skills of archery, hunting, fishing, camping, orienteering and outdoor living. Safety and environmental concerns will be incorporated.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 3053 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in physical education. Practice is given to administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate statistical procedures.
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 4043 Adapted Physical Education
Surveys areas of exceptionalities that occur within a physical education class as well as in a classroom setting. It is designed to help the prospective physical education teacher identify and understand the unique problems of the disabled individual giving specific consideration to mental retardation, pervasive development disorders, learning disabilities mental health disorders, physical disabilities, communication and visual disorders, health impairments, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.
KIN 4013 Sports and Physical Activity in American Society
A study of the place of sports and physical activity in American society. Principles, historical events and current status of sports and physical activity will be studied. Required of Physical Education/Sports Management majors.
KIN 2022 Perceptual Motor Development
Methods of teaching children through movement experiences. An emphasis will be placed on perceptual motor development as it relates to movement.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
KIN/EDU 4533 Methods of Teaching Physical Education 5-12
Teaching methods; selection of activities; program planning; emphasis on development of a progressive curriculum (restricted to health and physical education majors and minors.)
Choose one of the following:
KIN 2032 Coaching of Volleyball
Study of offensive and defensive skills and strategy of volleyball. Coaching methods, strategy and organization of practice and matches are emphasized.
KIN 2052 Coaching of Softball and Baseball
The methods and materials used in coaching softball and baseball will be examined. A study of practice organization, skill analysis, teaching methods for each position, purchase and care of equipment. Conditioning will be included.
KIN 3012 Coaching of Football
Study of offensive and defensive systems; methods of coaching football.
KIN 3022 Coaching of Basketball
Study of components of basketball. Emphasis on individual and team skills, conditioning and strategy of play.
KIN 3062 Coaching of Track and Field
Study of accepted forms of track and field events; factors affecting endurance, speed and fatigue; preparation and selection of contestants for competition; and management

Physical Education Certification K-9

KIN 1033 Foundations of Physical Education and Sport
A course designed to help students develop perspectives in the field of physical education. Students will examine the different settings; kinds of programs; qualifications needed to enter the profession; career opportunities; and issues facing physical educators.
KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2022 Perceptual Motor Development
Methods of teaching children through movement experiences. An emphasis will be placed on perceptual motor development as it relates to movement.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN 3043 Analysis of Basic Rhythms
Study of basic rhythmic patterns including application of basic movements and teaching methods.
KIN 3053 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
A course to acquaint students with various evaluation methods in physical education. Practice is given to administering tests and interpreting results with appropriate statistical procedures.
KIN 3073 Physiology of Exercise
Study of the effects of exercise on the organs and systems of the body; special emphasis on the cardio-respiratory system.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
KIN 3133 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School
Teaching methods; selection of activities; program planning; emphasis on development of a progressive curriculum.
KIN 4003 Kinesiology
Study of skeletal and muscle systems as they relate to physical education and athletic movements. Practice is given in identification of proper form and procedures for correcting errors in sports movements.
KIN 4043 Adapted Physical Education
Surveys areas of exceptionalities that occur within a physical education class as well as in a classroom setting. It is designed to help the prospective physical education teacher identify and understand the unique problems of the disabled individual giving specific consideration to mental retardation, pervasive development disorders, learning disabilities mental health disorders, physical disabilities, communication and visual disorders, health impairments, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.
Choose one of the following:
KIN 1012 General Activities I
Instruction in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment and history of team sports. Activities will include team sports such as soccer, flag football, volleyball, and softball. Students are expected to participate daily so they get the benefit of physical activity.
KIN 1022 General Activities II
This is an instructional course in skills, knowledge of rules and strategy, care of equipment, and history of individual sports. Activities include badminton, archery, step aerobics, weight training, pickle ball, and billiards. Students are expected to participate daily to get the benefit of physical activity.
Choose one of the following:
KIN 2032 Coaching of Volleyball
Study of offensive and defensive skills and strategy of volleyball. Coaching methods, strategy and organization of practice and matches are emphasized.
KIN 2052 Coaching of Softball and Baseball
The methods and materials used in coaching softball and baseball will be examined. A study of practice organization, skill analysis, teaching methods for each position, purchase and care of equipment. Conditioning will be included.
KIN 3012 Coaching of Football
Study of offensive and defensive systems; methods of coaching football.
KIN 3022 Coaching of Basketball
Study of components of basketball. Emphasis on individual and team skills, conditioning and strategy of play.
KIN 3062 Coaching of Track and Field
Study of accepted forms of track and field events; factors affecting endurance, speed and fatigue; preparation and selection of contestants for competition; and management techniques.

Health Education K-12

KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN/BIO 2243 Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
KIN 2063 School Health Education
Curriculum for and methods of teaching health education in elementary and secondary schools.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
PSY 2023 Psychology of Adjustment
A psychology of adjustment course focusing on areas affecting mental health (i.e., stress, personality, relationships). Emphasis on class involvement and personal application.
SOC 3003 The Family
A study of family life, dating, marriage and the family life-course. Attention is given to present day problems and trends.
Ten hours of additional health elective courses.

Health Education 9-12

KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN/BIO 2243 Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
KIN 2063 School Health Education
Curriculum for and methods of teaching health education in elementary and secondary schools.
KIN 3093 Sport Safety Training
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help provide a safe environment for athletes while they are participating in sports and, in an emergency, to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
PSY 2023 Psychology of Adjustment
A psychology of adjustment course focusing on areas affecting mental health (i.e., stress, personality, relationships). Emphasis on class involvement and personal application.
SOC 3003 The Family
A study of family life, dating, marriage and the family life-course. Attention is given to present day problems and trends.
Eight hours of additional health elective courses.

Health Education K-9

KIN 1163 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness for Professionals
Study and participation in programs recommended for the development of adult physical fitness. Emphasis on determining the level of fitness, importance of fitness in one's total continuing well-being, nutrition and diet selection, monitoring the effect of fitness activities, selection of fitness/wellness programs, stress management, and program implementation. Special consideration will be given to how professionals in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Management may apply this information to their field.
KIN 2133 Principles of Human Anatomy
Study of the structure of the human body including study at the cellular, tissue, and organ level. Emphasis will be on the organ systems operational in effecting human movement.
KIN/BIO 2243 Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of mankind with emphasis on the roles of nutrients in the body throughout the life cycle.
KIN 1043 Personal and Community Health
Study of major health problems and factors determining health. Special considerations given to principles and practices of good health for individual and community concerns.
KIN 2063 School Health Education
Curriculum for and methods of teaching health education in elementary and secondary schools.
KIN 3092 Standard First Aid
Study of treatment for common emergencies including treatment of wounds, shock, poisoning, fractures, unconsciousness and stoppage of breathing. American Red Cross certificate may be earned.
PSY 2023 Psychology of Adjustment
A psychology of adjustment course focusing on areas affecting mental health (i.e., stress, personality, relationships). Emphasis on class involvement and personal application.
SOC 3003 The Family
A study of family life, dating, marriage and the family life-course. Attention is given to present day problems and trends.