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College of Arts & Sciences

Physical Education & Health


Renee Linder

Department Assistant, Data Manager & School of Education Licensure Officer

Physical Education & Health


As a program within the School of Education, students studying physical education and health take on a rigorous, fulfilling curriculum of academic learning, physical development, and active engagement in ways that educate and inspire student success.

Students build a foundation in the principles of teaching and learning that promotes both fitness and health for school-age learners and then go on to integrate both theory and real-world experience as they relate to current physical education and health teaching practices. By developing a combination of critical thinking and research skills, students gain an understanding of how decisions are made regarding development of programs, lessons, and activities for learners, while also learning skills related to fitness and the teaching of physical activities.

This is how Baker builds educators who win awards and influence their communities. Our physical education and health program prepares graduates to ensure school kids have rewarding, educational experiences.

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Male student using computer during class
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Exceptional Experience


Personal Attention

Our small class sizes ensure students get personal attention from faculty members while still holding room for robust discussions with classmates.


From their first year to their last year, students are eligible for departmental and academic scholarships, as well as scholarships for participating in campus activities.

Experimental Learning & Student Teaching

Students spend essential time observing and assisting local teachers at all grade levels, culminating with a full semester of student teaching during their last semester at Baker. An advisor from the Department of Education coordinate this placement.

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Our physical education and health majors become the teachers your community knows and loves, and some pursue graduate degrees to become administrators. They do so much more than that, though. They create environments for learning the importance of physical education and well-being, setting healthy examples for children and young people to follow throughout their lives.

Physical Education & Health Course Descriptions


The Department of Education gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Education
  • Carol Lee Miller and Carla Miller Reynolds Scholarship
  • E. Vincent “Doc” Reichley Scholarship
  • Helen Bauer Endowed Scholarship
  • Rose Lister Goertz Scholarship
  • Clara Louise Johanning-Dufrene Scholarship
  • Dan and Peggy Harris Scholarship

Students may be eligible for the following award to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Health and Physical Education
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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Verneda Edwards
Associate Professor
B.S. Kansas State University, M.S. Kansas State University, Ed.D. Oklahoma State University
Office: Overland Park campus

Tim Byers
Head Cross Country Coach, Men’s Track & Cross Country

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