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Jennifer Currier, Steven DeVries (chair), Stephen Miller, Ray Reasland, Ed Timm, Ellen Whale (athletic director)
Physical Education (PED)
Emphasis is given to preparation for teaching physical education and coaching competitive sports, for a career as a physical fitness and wellness professional, and for specialized graduate studies. Within the major options and electives in the Department, there is ample opportunity for selection of courses to meet the special interests and needs of individual students.
Fitness Major : A minimum of nine course credits in Physical Education, which include PED 111, 213, 214, 237, 308, 334, 362, 480, and at least one course credit selected from 365-369.
Teaching Major : A minimum of nine course credits in Physical Education, to include PED 111, 213, 214, 237, 308, 318, 327, 328, 334, and either 324 or 331. PED 324 is required for students seeking K-6 certification. PED 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 (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete a second major in either Elementary or Secondary Education described under Education.
Coaching Endorsement or Authorization: To obtain a Coaching Endorsement the individual must complete a major in either Elementary or Secondary Education and be granted an Iowa Teaching License. The Coaching Authorization is available to those who do not major in Elementary or Secondary Education or who do not hold an Iowa Teaching License. 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.
- Coaching Endorsement :
PED 205 and completion of a major in
Elementary or Secondary Education,
which includes EDU 215 (Educational Psychology).
- Coaching Authorization :
PED 205 and EDU 215 (Educational Psychology).
- * In place of PED 205,
Physical Education majors satisfy the requirement for the
Coaching Authorization by taking PED 213,
214, 237, 308, 340,
and EDU 215. These same courses combined with a major in
either Elementary or Secondary
Education will also satisfy the requirements for a
101. Lifetime Physical Fitness and Activities
Instruction in the major components of fitness, the physiological bases for fitness, evaluation of personal fitness, and individual fitness programming. Instruction and participation in lifetime physical activities selected from badminton, bicycling, bowling, camping and canoeing, golf, hiking, racquetball, sailing, skiing, tennis, volleyball, and weight training. (Physical Education)
111. Foundations of Physical Education
Historical and philosophical foundation of physical education. Current issues in research and literature. Biological, physiological, and sociological aspects of sport and exercise.
205. Coaching Endorsement or Authorization
Structure and function of the human body during physical activity. Athletic conditioning, care and prevention of injuries and first aid, and theory of coaching interscholastic athletics. Combined with EDU 215 (Educational Psychology), this course meets the requirement for an Iowa Coaching Endorsement for Education majors and Coaching Authorization for all other students. Open to Physical Education majors only with the permission of the instructor. DeVRIES
212. Sports and American Society
Discussion of the impact of amateur and professional sports on the American way of life. Sample topics include women in sports, sports and the Black community, sports as big business, and recruiting and the college education. Readings, pro and con sports, will be selected from contemporary literature. Alternate years. DeVRIES
213. Human Anatomy (.5)
The human musculoskeletal system as it relates to physical activity. REASLAND
214. Exercise Physiology (.5)
Fundamental concepts describing the response of human organ systems to exercise. Energy production, conditioning for sport, and nutrition and physical performance. REASLAND
215. Psychology of Sport
Theory and issues related to the psychological aspects of competitive sport. Personality and sport, attentional control, anxiety and performance, motivation and attributions, aggression in sport, and team cohesion. Intervention strategies for performance enhancement. Alternate years. DeVRIES
237. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, taping experience, understanding the principles of athletic training. CURRIER
308. Kinesiology (.5)
Structures producing movement in the human body. Systematic study of the bones, joints, and muscles; their interdependence; and movement fundamentals. Prerequisites: PED 213, 214 and junior standing.
312. Organization and Administration of Physical Education
Physical Education programs in elementary and secondary schools and colleges. Topics include required physical education programs; intramural and interschool athletic programs; facility design and maintenance; legal aspects of sport; personnel management; and budget preparation and management. MILLER
318. Techniques of Team, Dual, and Individual Sports
Emphasis on teaching progressions, analysis of skills, and strategies of selected sports and games. MILLER
324. Elementary Physical Education Methods
Methods for teaching physical education to elementary school pupils. Rhythms, low and high organization games, and elementary gymnastics. Emphasis on movement education and curriculum development. Alternate years. WHALE
327. Adaptive Physical Education
Philosophy and applications of physical education for persons with special needs and disabilities. Emphasis on designing appropriate programs and activities and teaching methodology. Prerequisite: PED 111. Alternate years. REASLAND
328. Measurement and Evaluation (.5)
Development of cognitive and psychomotor testing programs as well as evaluation of various tests and statistical procedures. Prerequisite: junior standing. Alternate years. DeVRIES
331. Physical Education Methods for Secondary Schools
Preparation for the teaching of physical education activities in the secondary grades. Current trends in curriculum, planning for lessons, selection of appropriate teaching and evaluation methods. Alternate years. WHALE
334. Motor Learning (.5)
Process and factors related to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. General learning theories applied to motor learning and performance. Other topics include physical abilities and capabilities, psychological and mental factors influencing performance, training procedures, environmental and social factors. Prerequisites: PED 213, 214. Alternate years. REASLAND
340. Principles of Coaching (.5)
Athletic team management and leadership, administrative techniques for coaching. Psychological and social aspects of involvement in competitive sport. Coaching philosophy and goals, motivation, and team dynamics. DeVRIES
341. Methods of Coaching Baseball (.5)
Alternate years. REASLAND
342. Methods of Coaching Basketball (.5)
343. Methods of Coaching Football (.5)
Alternate years. MILLER
345. Methods of Coaching Track (.5)
347. Methods of Coaching Volleyball (.5)
Alternate years. WHALE
348. Methods of Coaching Wrestling (.5)
Alternate years. DeVRIES
350. Methods of Coaching Softball (.5)
Alternate years. CURRIER
362. Fitness Assessment and Prescription
Physiology as it directly relates to exercise, including energy production, the cardiorespiratory system, and muscular structure and function. Assessment techniques of health-related components of fitness, including body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, and flexibility. Interpretation of results and personalized fitness prescriptions. Proper exercise techniques, including aerobics, running, biking, rowing, strength training, and flexibility training. Prerequisites: PED 213, 214, and 308. Alternate years. WHALE
365through 369. Wellness Seminars Seminars consisting of readings and research in selected topics relevant to health, fitness, and wellness. Topic combinations may include nutrition, stress management, exercise and aging, cardiovascular disease, and eating disorders. Study in these areas will include reading of related research, physiological implications, and application of fitness/wellness and educational programs. Prerequisites: PED 213, 214. Alternate years. WHALE
390. Individual Project: see Courses 390.
480. Internship in Physical Education
A two-term internship, working under the guidance of the directors of Mercy Hospital's Wellness Program in Cedar Rapids and a Cornell faculty member. The terms must be taken consecutively (for a total of two course credits). Observation and participation in various aspects of the Wellness Program, including fitness testing, counseling, and instructing fitness classes. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, at least three Physical Education courses numbered in the 300s or 400s, and approval of the Department. Recommended prerequisites: PED 101, 213, 214, and 308. (CR)
485. Advanced Studies (1/2-1)
An independent project. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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