Physical Education Major (M)

To become a physical education teacher, there is a variety of coursework involved. You will have a better understanding of the human body with exercise physiology, motor development, anatomy, and physiology. You’ll also learn the ins and out of health education with personal, family, and community health. To get to this point, you’ll gain clinical experience and feel prepared to support learners with adaptive physical education needs. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Physical Education, Health, Athletic Coaching, and Adaptive Physical Education license.


Program Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)

4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)

5. Application of Content:  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

11.  Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)


NOTE: All licensable majors and minors require that students pass applicable content examinations for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

Core Requirements45 - 48
Major Requirements31 - 37
Major Subject Area39
Total Hours120-129

NOTE: Check with the Chair of the Secondary Education Department for possible changes in this major.

The Physical Education Major is licensable from Kindergarten to grade 12.

Students completing this program are also eligible for licensure in athletic coaching, adaptive physical education, and health education.

Core Curriculum - 45 - 48 Credits

Concordia Common Core

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions - 27 Credits
ENG 104Introduction to Writing3
COMM 105Public Speaking (or a Language course)3
or COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication
Faith and Life Elective: Any course with REL prefix other than REL 100, 110, 201, 203, 204 3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 100Stewardship of the Body1
HHP Activity Course 1
Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design activity course3
MATH 125Contemporary Math3
or MATH 128 College Algebra
SCI 110Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences4
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers (register with ED 1212)3
Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. Other Electives if under 120 credits: 3-6

K-12 Curriculum - 31 - 37 credits

Field Experience (clincial experiences are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1211Discovery Clinical0
ED 1212Cultural Clinical0
ED 1213Special Education Clinical0
Education Seminars (seminars are graded as pass/fail)
ED 1000Orientation Seminar0
ED 2000UDS Seminar0
ED 3000Student Teaching Seminar0
Theoretical & Practical Components
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)3
ED 1275Human Learning (register with ED 1211)3
ED 3318The Art & Science of Planning 23
ED 4337The Art and Science of Assessment 2,33
ED 4339The Art and Science of Instruction 2,33
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4414Portfolio Completion-Secondary 21
ED 4433
ED 4434
Secondary Ed Student Teaching 1
and Secondary Ed Student Teaching 2 2
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture


Major Requirements - 39 credits

Required Courses
BIO 146Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology4
HHP 260School and Community Health3
HHP 265Healthy Lifestyles3
HHP 371Exercise Physiology3
HHP 373Motor Development3
HHP 375Biomechanics3
ED 3459Measurement and Evaluation - Health and Physical Education 23
ED 3475Adaptive Physical Education 23
ED 3476Curriculum and Methods - Health Education 23
ED 3486Practicum in Adaptive PE 20
ED 3381Curriculum and Methods of Teaching PE - Elementary 24
ED 4382Curriculum and Methods of Teaching PE - Secondary 2,33
Major Electives
Select two of the following:4
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Softball
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Football
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Track
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Soccer
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Wrestling
Theory and Techniques of Coaching Volleyball
Total Hours39

Students who complete this major are also eligible for certification in athletic coaching, adaptive physical education, and health education.


Course Requires Upper Division Status.


ED4337, ED4339, and ED4382 are taken concurrently during the Fall prior to student teaching.


CPR certification must include face-to-face instruction.


Demonstration of specific content knowledge is required for licensure.  This includes a content based portfolio along with a GPA of 3.0 in the above content classes OR a score of 150 or better on the Praxis II examination 5091 Physical Education: Content Knowledge and a score of 151 or better on the Praxis II examination 5551 Health Education.


Physical education majors are required to attain First Aid & CPR certification prior to graduation.