Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (587)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/krs


Program Coordinator

Keri A. Esslinger, keri.esslinger@wku.edu, (270) 745-6038

The major in Physical Education is designed to develop positive teaching skills in physical activity and to meet the need for qualified teachers in public/private schools, business settings, or community agencies. The major requires 79 semester hours for the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), 97 hours for the Physical Education Health Education concentration (PEHE), and 72 hours for the Physical Education Movement Studies concentration (PEMS), all of which lead to a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

Students who complete the professional education requirements with the PETE, and PEHE concentration, may be certified in the professional education program.

Concentrations

  • Teacher Education (TCHR)
  • Movement Studies (PEMS)
  • Physical Education Teacher Education/Health Education (PEHE)

Program Requirements (78-97)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Required Core Courses:
PE 111Movement Themes and Concepts I3
PE 123Movement Themes and Concepts II3
PE 211Net / Wall and Target Sports3
PE 212Striking / Fielding and Invasion Sports3
PE 300Lifespan Leisure & Recreation Activities3
PE 310Kinesiology3
PE 311Exercise Physiology3
PE 313Motor Development3
PE 319Adapted Physical Education3
PE 320Methods in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education3
PE 324Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology3
PE 390Fitness / Wellness Applications3
PETE 322Field Experience in Physical Education I2
SFTY 171Safety and First Aid1
Total Hours39

Students need to select one of the three concentrations:

Physical Education Teacher Education Concentration (PETE)

BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
or BIOL 113
BIOL 114
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
LTCY 421Content Area Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades3
SEC 478Teaching Physical Education3
PETE 415Field Experience in Physical Education II2
EDU 250Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education3
EDU 260Classroom Assessment3
EDU 350Student Diversity and Differentiation3
EDU 360Behavior and Classroom Management in Education3
PSY 310Educational Psychology: Development and Learning3
EDU 489Student Teaching Seminar3
ELED 490Student Teaching5
MGE 490Student Teaching5
or SEC 490 Student Teaching
Total Hours40

Physical Education Teacher Education with Health Education Teacher Education Concentration (PEHE)

HMD 211Human Nutrition3
LTCY 421Content Area Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades3
SEC 483Teaching Health3
PETE 415Field Experience in Physical Education II2
PH 261Foundations of Public Health Education3
PH 365Human Sexuality3
PH 381Public and Community Health3
PH 461Comprehensive School Health Program3
PH 467Drug Abuse Education3
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
EDU 250Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education3
EDU 260Classroom Assessment3
EDU 350Student Diversity and Differentiation3
EDU 360Behavior and Classroom Management in Education3
PSY 310Educational Psychology: Development and Learning3
EDU 489Student Teaching Seminar2,3
ELED 490Student Teaching5
MGE 490Student Teaching5
or SEC 490 Student Teaching
Total Hours57-58

Physical Education Movement Studies (Non-Certification) Concentration

BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
or BIOL 113
BIOL 114
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
PEMS 426Physical Education Movement Studies Practicum II2
PE 497Advanced Principles of Coaching3
PE 312Basic Athletic Training3
Advisor Approved Electives 121
Total Hours33


Students majoring in Physical Education are required to meet with their advisor before enrolling for the next semester. 

Students must maintain a “C” or better in all coursework for this major. Students in the PETE AND PEHE concentrations must meet all requirements for admission into the teacher education program and be admitted into teacher education prior to registering for PETE 415 . All PEHE majors also need to declare the Health Education minor for certification purposes.

Finish in Four Plans

Movement Studies Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1453MATH 109 or MATH 1163
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 1003
PH 1003BIOL 131, BIOL 113, or BIOL 1144
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3PE 1233
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)3Major/Minor/Elective3
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003ENG 3003
HMD 2113PE 2123
PE Advisor Approved Elective3General Elective or World Language (if needed)3
PE 1113PE Advisor Approved Elective - Upper Division3
PE 2113PE 3133
SFTY 1711 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 365 (or other Connections - Social & Cultural)3Connections - Local to Global 3
PE 3103PE 3113
PE 291 (or other PE Elective)3PE 3203
PE 3903PE 3243
PE Advisor Approved Elective - Upper Division3PETE 3222
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 3003PE 3193
PE 3123PEMS 4262
PE Advisor Approved Elective - Upper Division3PE 4973
PE Advisor Approved Elective - Upper Division3PE Advisor Approved Elective - Upper Division3
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
 15 14
Total Hours 120

Teacher Education Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1453MATH 109 or MATH 1163
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 1003
PH 1003EDU 2503
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)3BIOL 131, BIOL 113, or BIOL 1144
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3PE 1233
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003ENG 3003
EDU 2603PE 2123
HMD 2113PH 365 (or World Language (if needed))3
PE 1113PSY 3103
PE 2113EDU 3503
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 3103PE 3113
PE 291 (or other elective)3PE 3193
PE 3903PE 3203
PE 3133PETE 3222
EDU 3603PE 3243
SFTY 1711PH 365 (if not taken earlier)3
 16 17
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 3003EDU 4893
PETE 4152ELED 4905
LTCY 4213SEC 490 or MGE 4905
SEC 4783 
Connections - Local to Global3 
Major/Minor/Elective2 
 16 13
Total Hours 123

Teacher Education Health Education Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1453MATH 109 or MATH 1163
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 1003
PH 1003EDU 2503
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences (not Biology)3BIOL 1314
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3PE 1233
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003ENG 3003
EDU 2603PE 2123
HMD 2113Connections - Local to Global3
PE 1113PSY 3103
PE 2113EDU 3503
SFTY 1711PE 3133
 16 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 3103PE 3113
PH 2613PE 3193
PE 3903PE 3203
PH 3653PETE 3222
EDU 3603PE 3243
PH 3813PH 4673
 18 17
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 3003EDU 4893
PETE 4152ELED 4905
LTCY 4213SEC 490 or MGE 4905
SEC 4833 
PH 4613 
 14 13
Total Hours 127