The physical education teaching major prepares students to teach physical education in public and private schools from K through 12. Upon successful completion of the degree, students are awarded the elementary and secondary teacher endorsements by the state of Iowa.
The vast majority of classes are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants. This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty. Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule. Many of the classes specifically related to teacher education preparation incorporate field-based laboratory and experiential learning experiences, which enhance the learning and relevancy of course, content.
Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment. The facilities for the activity classes taken in this major are superb. If desired, students have the opportunity to work with faculty on selective pedagogical research or service projects.
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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
The Wellness/Recreation Center (WRC) serves as the primary instructional and research center for the physical education program, among others. This bold facility provides state-of-the-art space for classrooms, laboratories, and offices for faculty and staff. Space designed for research, teaching and public service includes specific laboratories for exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychomotor behavior, athletic training and wellness resources. Activity areas include five aerobic/dance studios, six handball/racquetball courts, two multipurpose courts, a one-tenth mile jogging track, fitness/conditioning areas, a 40-foot high climbing wall, leisure pool, instructional pool with seating for 300 and an outdoor pursuits center.
The physical education division offers an array of undergraduate scholarships for men and women who exhibit promising ability and who need financial assistance to prepare for a career in physical education.
Members of the Physical Education Club are provided with additional opportunities to further develop their professional and educational skills through a variety of fun service and social events on campus and in the community.
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Chair, Division of Physical Education