Course Topics

HLTH 465 Current Issues in Health
This course affords students the opportunity to examine local, national, and international health issues. Students will actively participate in selecting course topics, work collaboratively with others in developing and implementing course objectives, and will research, write, and present information on selected course topics.

PE 247 Foundations of Physical Education
An introductory course involving historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of physical education, exercise science, and sport. An overview of the field, as well as contemporary issues concerning physical education and the related areas of exercise science and sport, are examined.

PE 343 Elementary School Physical Education Content and Assessment
This course is designed to study the dynamic and rapidly changing field of elementary physical education (grades K-6), while acknowledging that the motor domain is integral to the complete education process. Current trends, assessment techniques, components of the elementary physical education program, core content, and NASPE standards will be discussed. Emphasis is placed upon developmentally appropriate physical education content: movement experiences and body mechanics; fundamental locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills; fitness activities; rhythmic activities; stunts and tumbling; simple games and relays; sport skills and activities.

PE 345 Middle/Secondary School Physical Education Content and Assessment
This course will provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop quality middle and high school physical education programs, according to NASPE standards. Applications of fundamental movements in traditional sports and games, adventure activities, and lifetime or leisure-oriented activities will be examined. Students will: 1) develop a conceptual and practical understanding of health-related fitness, as well as an awareness of the vital role that physical education plays in assisting students in maintaining health-related fitness levels; 2) refine the skills and knowledge needed to select physical activities appropriate for middle and high school students; and, 3) develop knowledge of assessment, evaluation, and grading procedures appropriate for the content presented.

PE 346 Middle/Secondary School Physical Education Methods
This course provides the knowledge, theory and practical application of physical education within the middle and secondary school setting, according to NASPE standards. Students will explore various teaching techniques, class and behavior management strategies, and methods used to teach and evaluate middle and high school students. Students will: 1) design and implement course unit and lesson plans; 2) develop appropriate skill practice sessions; 3) evaluate activities and cognitive knowledge appropriate for middle and secondary students, and, 4) discuss the importance of becoming a reflective practitioner.

PE 229 Elementary Physical Education, Health, and Wellness: Methods and Materials
Required for elementary (K-8) majors, this course provides students with a strong foundation in elementary physical education content, basic health concepts, and methods, with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate physical education. Designed to introduce elementary education majors to the dynamic and rapidly changing field of elementary physical education, this course will: 1) familiarize students with current terminology and trends; 2) explore various activities, materials, units, teaching techniques, and methods of instruction; and 3) integrate elementary physical education with basic health, fitness, and wellness concepts.

PE 342 Growth, Development, and Motor Learning
This course is an examination of the growth and development patterns across the lifespan, with emphasis placed upon early childhood, childhood, and adolescent stages. Basic principles of motor learning theory will be incorporated as related to teaching movement at selected life stages.