Physical Education Course Listings

A major and minor in physical education are available, as well as a coaching endorsement for students in any major. Teacher certification is available for grades P-12 or 5-12 (See PETE requirements below). See also minors in health, recreation and sport, and sport management.

Major in physical education

52 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    • Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology4
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching3
  • Kin 409, Internship3
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour)6
  • One health-related course3
    • Chem 220, Human Nutrition (prerequisite Chem 101)
    • Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts
    • Kin 415, School and Community Health
    • Soc 210, Sociology of the Family
    • Soc 260, Human Sexuality
  • Additional practica (in addition to internship)2
    • Kin 269, Sports medicine practicum
    • Kin 351, Event management practicum
    • Kin 352, Personal training practicum
    • Kin 353, Group instruction practicum
    • Kin 354, Facility management practicum
    • Kin 420, Health practicum (prerequisite or concurrent course required)

Student learning outcomes

All physical education graduates will:

  1. Describe and apply basic principles of fitness and health.
  2. Describe and analyze historical, sociological, psychological and cultural aspects of kinesiology.
  3. Analyze physical activities, sport skills, and exercises from anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate competency in a variety of sport skills, strategies and physical activities
  5. Participate in regular physical activity and maintain a healthy level of physical fitness.
  6. Demonstrate honesty, fair play and willingness to serve others.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, creativity and reflection when processing a problem.
  8. Demonstrate professional ethical leadership behavior and skills: attire, communication, relationships, responsibilty, initiative, and the ability to empower others.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of research methods, statistics and inquiry skills.

Major in physical education with teacher education (PETE)

47 credit hours in biology and kinesiology; 31 in education; 14 in health (optional)

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    • Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management3
  • Kin 311, Physical Education Teaching Practicum3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology4
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour)6
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar3
  • Professional education requirements (see Education pages) 31
  • Health module (optional)14
    Chem 220, Human Nutrition (See Chemistry department for prerequisite) (3)
    Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts (3)
    Kin 415, School and Community Health (3)
    Kin 420, Health Practicum (2)
    Soc 260, Human Sexuality (3)

Student learning outcomes

In addition to the list above, PETE graduates will:

  1. Describe and apply important elements of motor skill acquisition.
  2. Plan, implement, and manage developmentally appropriate learning experiences, using best practices in physical education.
  3. Utilize assessment and reflection to foster child/adolescent learning and inform instructional decisions in physical education.

Advising notes

Intercollegiate sports credit is only available to varsity team members. The head coach of each respective team verifies participation each semester. While students may receive credit more than one semester, only one credit may be counted toward the major.

Physical education teacher education students who select the health option have a very full curriculum and may need longer than four years to complete their program. SST must be carefully planned, especially for multi-sport athletes.

Physical education major four year plan

First year Core 115, Wellness for Life
Introductory Chemistry, Organismal Biology or Human Anatomy
*Introduction to Kinesiology
First Aid & CPR
Basic Athletic Training
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core
Second year *Motor Learning
Physical Education for Children
*Sport Management
Theory and Techniques of Coaching
*Exercise Physiology
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core
Third year Goshen Core
*Teaching Sports Skills and Strategies
Sports Skills Electives
*Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport
*Applied Biomechanics
Fourth year Internship
Kinesiology Senior Seminar
Balance of major courses
Balance of Goshen Core

*Alternate year classes

Minor in physical education

24 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class:4
    • Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    • Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management3
  • Two courses selected from the following:6
    • Kin 308, Sports Skills & Strategies
    • Kin 309, PE for Children
    • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity & Sport
  • Five sports skills courses (in addition to intercollegiate athletics) 5

Coaching endorsement

9 credit hours

  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training2
  • Kin 310, Sport Management3
  • Kin 345, Theory and Techniques of Coaching3

Advising notes

The coaching endorsement is not a full academic minor. See the kinesiology department for more information.