Physical education

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

51 credit hours

  • Choose one physiology class: 4
    Biol 130, Organismal Biology
    Biol 203, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kin 102, First Aid and CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies 3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics 3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning 3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching 3
  • Kin 409, Internship 3
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour) 6
  • One health-related course 3

    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)

46 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 CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 308, Teaching Sport Skills and Strategies 3
  • Kin 309, Physical Education for Children 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 311, Physical Education Teaching Practicum 3
  • Kin 315, Applied Biomechanics 3
  • Kin 317, Exercise Physiology 3
  • Kin 320, Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport 3
  • Kin 330, Motor Learning 3
  • Kin 345, Theories and Techniques of Coaching 3
  • Six sports skills courses (intercollegiate athletics may count for only 1 credit hour) 6
  • Kin 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • 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
Chem 101, Introductory Chemistry

Biol 130, Organismal Biology or Biol 203, Human Anatomy
Kin 250, *Introduction to Kinesiology
Kin 102, First Aid & CPR
Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core

Second year Kin 330, *Motor Learning
Kin 309, Physical Education for Children
Kin 310, *Sport Management
Kin 345, Theory and Techniques of Coaching
Kin 317, *Exercise Physiology
Sports Skills Electives
Goshen Core
Third year Goshen Core
Kin 308, *Teaching Sports Skills and Strategies
Sports Skills Electives
Kin 320, *Adaptive Physical Activity and Sport
Kin 315, *Applied Biomechanics
Fourth year Kin 409, Internship
Kin 410, 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 CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 250, Introduction to Kinesiology 3
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • 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 CPR 1
  • Kin 103, Basic Athletic Training 2
  • Kin 310, Sport Management 3
  • Kin 345, Theory and Techniques of Coaching 3

Advising notes

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