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Kinesiology is the interdisciplinary study of human physical activity. The kinesiology major and courses provide students with opportunities to investigate biological, behavioral, cultural, and pedagogical aspects of exercise and sport behavior. Teaching Concentration courses emphasize theory and application of physical education pedagogy, ethics, and administrative concepts associated with teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. The Exercise Science Concentration offers a scientific study of physiological, behavioral, and cultural aspects of human physical performance for students interested in fitness and wellness professions and graduate studies in specialized exercise, sport, and health sciences programs. A coaching education program and elective courses are offered to meet the special interests and needs of students.
Exercise Science Concentration: A minimum of 10 course credits, including the following core courses: KIN 111, 206, 207, 309, 315, 362, and INT 201 (Statistical Methods I); and three courses selected from KIN 212, 215, 237, 310, 334, 368, and 380 (two course credits maximum).
Teaching Concentration: INT 201 (Statistical Methods I) plus 10 course credits to include: KIN *111, *206, *207, *237, *309, **311, **318, *324 or *331, *327, and *334. KIN 324 is required for students seeking K-6 certification. KIN 331 is required for those seeking 7-12 certification. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (before December 1 of their sophomore year) and complete a second major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Students who do not complete KIN 324 or 331 and the requirements of the Education Program may complete a major in Kinesiology by completing the other course requirements as specified in this paragraph. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
*Must be completed prior to student teaching.
Coaching Endorsement or Authorization: To obtain a Coaching Endorsement the individual must complete a major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification and be granted an Iowa Teaching Certificate. The Coaching Authorization is available to those who do not complete teaching certification requirements or who do not hold an Iowa Teaching Certificate. Both the Endorsement and the Authorization qualify an individual to be a head coach or an assistant coach in any sport offered in the Iowa public schools. Students who complete one of the following programs may apply for the Endorsement or the Authorization through the Office of Teacher Education.
101. Lifetime Physical Fitness and
111. Foundations of Physical Education
205. Coaching Endorsement or Authorization
206. Exercise Psychology
207. Systems Physiology
212. Sports and American Society
215. Psychology of Sport
220. Ancient Greek Athletics
237. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
309. Anatomical Kinesiology
310. Nutrition for Health and Performance
311. Methods for Individual Sports and Lifetime Activities
312. Management of Physical Education and Sports
315. Physiology of Exercise
318. Methods for Team and Dual Sports
324. Elementary Physical Education Methods
327. Adaptive Physical Education
331. Physical Education Methods for Secondary
334. Motor Learning
338. Advanced Athletic Training
Methods of Coaching Courses
341. Methods of Coaching Baseball (1/2)
342. Methods of Coaching Basketball (1/2)
343. Methods of Coaching Football (1/2)
345. Methods of Coaching Track (1/2)
347. Methods of Coaching Volleyball (1/2)
348. Methods of Coaching Wrestling (1/2)
350. Methods of Coaching Softball (1/2)
352. Sport Marketing, Finance, and Sport Law
362. Exercise Testing and Prescription
through 369. Wellness
485. Advanced Studies (1/2-1)
511. Athletic Training Practicum (1/4)