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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.

TEACHER LICENSURE

Baker’s physical education and health major includes strong general education preparation, educational methodology and content specific to physical education and health, and courses from the education program. Learn more about licensure >>

PERSONAL ATTENTION

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

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. 

EXPERIENTIAL 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.

TYRELL | Health and PE Major, Class of 2016

“I had to work hard to be a PE teacher, and the physical education program brought out the best of me. I was taught to teach top to bottom and that in order to get results, you have to go through a process. I believe that some of the key traits you must have are loving, caring, and understanding.”

CAREER TRACKS

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.

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of Baker graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

PE 111 – Yoga 1 hr.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the philosophy, asanas (postures), and other benefits of yoga. Class time will be spent practicing the asanas and pranayama (breathing). Outside readings about the philosophy of yoga will be required.

PE 141 – Flag Football 1 hr.

This course involves instruction in football skills through student participation in practice and game situations. Students will learn and develop specific game goals and strategies in a variety of touch football games.

PE 145 – Tennis 1 hr.

Participants in this course will receive instruction in the basic skills of tennis and will gain an understanding of the rules and scoring.

PE 146 – Recreational Soccer 1 hr.

The soccer activity course will provide experience for the novice participant. The course is designed to teach soccer skills, strategy, and interest in the sport.

PE 148 – Weight Lifting 1 hr.

This beginning course for the novice lifter develops knowledge of lifting techniques, weight room safety, and structured strength programs. The course will provide an understanding of the purpose of each lift and identify the specific muscle group used.

PE 151 – Basketball 1 hr.

Students will receive instruction on offensive and defensive skills of basketball for all levels of ability. Participants will learn the rules of the game and will gain an understanding of officiating.

PE 152 – Volleyball 1 hr.

Students will be exposed to game strategies and team concepts. The course may be modified to include sand volleyball skills.

PE 155 – Racquetball 1 hr.

Students will learn the techniques and strategies of this quick, explosive, and competitive game and develop an understanding of singles, doubles, and tournament play.

PE 156 – Badminton 1 hr.

Badminton is a leisure activity that requires quick reactions and game strategy. Students will play singles and doubles and participate in tournaments.

PE 158 – Softball/Kickball 1 hr.

Students will learn the basics of throwing, catching, hitting, and fielding while taking part in coed softball. Students will also participate in kickball as a recreational team sport.

PE 162 – Adapted Activities 1 hr.

Approval of the Department Chair is required. This course is designed for any student not able to participate in regular activity courses due to physically limiting conditions. Participants will work with the instructor to adapt a program to serve their personal fitness and skill needs. Prerequisite: Department Chair approval. R

PE 167 – Cross Training 1 hr.

Students will use the Fitness Center equipment to learn proper performance techniques, measurement procedures to assess their level of fitness, and program development for lifetime participation. The course content will include a combination of cardiovascular work, strength training techniques, and running activity.

PE 180 – Concepts of Health 3 hrs.                                                                 Spring only

This course fosters an understanding of conditions and situations which effect an individual’s health and well-being in order to provide the student with the skills needed to promote better personal and community health.

PE 210 – Introduction to Teaching Physical Education, Health, and Recreation 3 hrs.                                                                                                                                  Fall only

This course content includes instruction in the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of physical education, as well as components of lesson design. Course emphasis is placed on professional attitudes crucial for those working with young people: awareness of the value of physical education and health, respect for all students, acceptance of diversity and its impact on learning, and an awareness of the teacher’s role as the facilitator of student learning. The course will focus on the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective development of learners PreK-12. The use of technology will be embedded in the content of this course. Pre- or co-requisite: ED 100.

PE 211 – Advanced Yoga 1 hr.

The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ previous experience with the philosophy, asanas (postures), and other benefits of yoga. Class time will be spent practicing more advanced asanas and pranayama (breathing). Outside reading about the philosophy of yoga will be required.

PE 230 – Movement and Rhythm 2 hrs.                                                   Spring only, odd years

This course covers methods of teaching basic dance routines and movement patterns in the educational environment. The impact of dance on growth and development of school-age children will be a part of the presentations. Prerequisite: ED 100.

PE 240 – Techniques of Teaching Team Sports 3 hrs.                                     Spring only

Students will gain knowledge of teaching techniques for team sports traditionally found in physical education curricula. Rules of sport, strategy of team play, and individual skill performance are components of the course. Prerequisite: ED 100. Pre- or co-requisite: PE 210.

PE 241 – Techniques of Teaching Individual and Dual Sports 3 hrs.                    Fall only

This course provides students with the skills to teach individual and dual sport activities traditionally found in physical education curricula. Rules of sport, strategy of team play, and skill performance are components of the course. Prerequisite: ED 100. Pre- or co-requisite: PE 210.

PE 252 – Practicum Experience in Health 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide Physical Education and Health majors with the opportunity to collaborate and engage in various health settings outside the PreK-12 school setting. The student will devote a minimum of 20 clock hours to this course. The student will work with an advisor and establish objectives for the experience, maintain a time log of the specific activities involved, and prepare a summarizing statement of the total experience. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status and Department Chair approval. P/NC

 PE 303 – Methods of Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.                                                                                Fall only, odd years

This course is a study of the principles related to the selection and use of teaching techniques for early childhood and elementary physical education and health. This includes understanding the values of physical activity for the promotion of healthy lifestyles, current trends in elementary physical education and health instruction, planning for instruction at the elementary level, providing a safe learning environment, and assessing student learning. The course will include the development of lesson plans, unit plans, and measurement techniques along with effective teaching skills for the elementary physical education and health classroom. The course will also include a field experience component at the elementary level. The course will involve many activities related to teaching, including a) selecting instructional strategies that will enhance learning, b) designing and delivering lessons, c) technology applications, d) identifying student outcomes and appropriate assessments, e) teaching to diverse learners, and f) communicating with parents. In addition to class meeting times, candidates will also be required to participate in 20 clock hours of practicum experience. Prerequisites: PE 240 and PE 241 or permission of the instructor.

PE 305 – Methods of Teaching Secondary Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.                                                                                                                       Fall only, even years

This course is a study of the principles related to the selection and use of teaching techniques for secondary physical education and health in sixth grade through high school. This includes understanding the characteristics of secondary students, the values of physical activity for the promotion of healthy lifestyles, current trends in secondary physical education and health instruction, planning for instruction at the secondary level, providing a safe learning environment, and assessing student learning. The course will include the development of lesson plans, unit plans, and measurement techniques along with effective teaching skills for the secondary physical education and health classroom. The course will also include a field experience component at the secondary level. The course will involve many activities related to teaching, including a) selecting instructional strategies that will enhance learning, b) designing and delivering lessons, c) technology applications, d) identifying student outcomes and appropriate assessments, e) teaching to diverse learners, and f) communicating with parents. In addition to class meeting times, candidates will also be required to participate in 20 clock hours of practicum experience. Prerequisites: PE 240 and PE 241 or permission of the instructor.

PE 309 – Tests and Measurements in Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.                                                                                                                          Spring only, even years

The purpose of Tests and Measurements for Physical Education and Health is to support learners in their development of understanding measurement and evaluation in the classrooms of physical and health educators. The course will provide practical application for assessing students in three different domains: psychomotor, affective, and cognitive. Students will understand the differences between formative, interim, and summative assessment. Students will also understand how to construct test items and interpret test results. Prerequisite: PE 210.

PE 327 – Kinesiology for Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.                           Fall only

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to movement concepts as applied to various sports. Laws of motion, principles of forces, equilibrium concepts, and laws governing projectiles will be introduced and applied. The anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system and concept of levers will also be learned. The student will learn how to analyze skill movement in sport activities. In addition to class meeting times, students will also be required to participate in lab experiences. Prerequisites: BI 246, EX 181, and EX 184. Note: This course is not open to Exercise Science majors.

PE 332 – Physical Education and Health for Special Populations 3 hrs.                                                                                                                                  Spring only, odd years

This course involves the theoretical and practical approaches to adapted physical activity. Students will not only examine disabilities, conditions, and diseases which might affect an individual’s ability to participate in a variety of activities, but they will also learn how to modify activities for individuals within a variety of settings.

PE 351 – Exercise Physiology for Physical Education and Health 3 hrs.        Spring only

This course is a study of how the human body responds to exercise and sports performance. Content that will be covered during this course includes: nutrition and the impact of a quality diet on human performance, stress (good and bad), aerobic and anaerobic movement, and the related areas of fitness such as strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility. Prerequisites: BI 246 and PE 327. Note: This course is not open to Exercise Science majors.

Do you want to teach physical education and health?
Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in physical education and health (PK-12). Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Candidates are required to complete education course work and the required course work in at least one content area. Learn More >>

Scholarships

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

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

BOOK Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

Verneda EdwardsDr. Verneda Edwards

Associate Professor | vedwards@bakerU.edu
“Education has always been important to my family so it just seemed natural that I would become an educator. I have never regretted the decision to become a physical educator. My favorite part of teaching at Baker is working with our students and continuing to learn from them.”

B.S. Kansas State University, M.S. Kansas State University, Ed.D. Oklahoma State University
Office: Overland Park campus | 913.344.1227

Jason ThorenJason Thoren

Instructor of Physical Education | jason.thoren@bakerU.edu
Active on the sidelines of each football game and engaging in the classroom, Jason Thoren shares his passion for health and physical education with students by helping them understand the importance of personal interactions and the administrative work that comes with being a fitness educator.

B.S. University of Kansas, M.Ed. University of Minnesota
Office: Collins Center 150 | 785.594.8459

 

CONTACT US

Angela Harvey
Department Assistant, Data Manager, 
& School of Education Licensure Officer
Office: Case
205 785.594.4502
angela.harvey@bakerU.edu

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