Luther College has a rich tradition in the health and physical education fields. Over the years, many outstanding Luther graduates have served as teachers and coaches at all levels across the nation and internationally. To facilitate this, we recommend that physical education majors also complete a second major (health), or a second teaching area or endorsement.
Admission to the health and/or physical education teaching program is by application and approval by both the Education and HPEAT Departments, usually during the sophomore year. Teaching majors declare a major in Health (Plan 1) and/or Physical Education (Plan 1) with an Education minor. All courses required for licensure, including student teaching, qualify the teacher candidate to teach at both the elementary and secondary levels. When completing the Physical Education major, teacher candidates automatically complete the Coaching endorsement, which satisfies standards created by the state of Iowa and the National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) for coaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. Luther College’s Education Department is endorsed by the Iowa Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
One of the key strengths of Luther College’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) is the practical learning that teacher candidates experience in real-world classrooms, giving them diverse opportunities in both urban and rural schools, or internationally. The Department of Education locates school placements where master teachers exhibit best practice. Our graduates are competent in developmentally appropriate physical education content, health content, pedagogy, management techniques, knowledge of student learning needs, and differentiated instruction strategies.