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Physical Education, K-12 Teacher Certification

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Lander's Bachelor of Science in Physical Education - Teacher Education (K-12) prepares a student for teaching careers in the public schools.

The Physical Education-Teacher Education (K-12) is guided by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards for beginning physical education teachers and aligned with Lander University's conceptual framework for teacher education.

Program Goals

The goals of the Lander University Physical Education-Teacher Education Major prepare students to be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss major factors in the evolution of the field of Physical Education-Teacher Education from its early historical roots to its present position in the teaching profession;
  2. Describe and apply bioscience (anatomical, physiological/biochemical, and biomechanical) concepts and changes occurring in the human organism to skillful movement, physical activity, conditioning, and fitness across the lifespan;
  3. Identify, develop, and utilize a variety of instructional methods and assessment strategies that address the diverse cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning needs of all students;
  4. Describe knowledge of and apply experiences in planning, implementing, and assessing/evaluating a total school program of physical education in accordance with approved national/state content standards and the state physical education assessment program; and
  5. Exhibit professional dispositions in the physical education community that promote active, lifelong learners.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 101 Survey of Mathematics
OR MATH 121 Mathematical Applications

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
  PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
  MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
  HIST 111R2 United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R


PEES 175 Wellness for Life 2
PEES 210 Anatomy and Physiology of Human Movement 4
PEES 219 Historical and Philosophical Principles of Physical Education & Exercise Science 3
PEES 226 Motor Development 3
PEES 228 Motor Learning 3
PEES 305* Measurement and Evaluation 3
PEES 310 Kinesiology and Exercise Biomechanics 4
PEES 311 Physiology of Exercise 4
PEES 318* Instructional Aspects of Physical Education 3
PEES 320* Teaching Methods for Elementary Physical Education 3
PEES 329* Field Experience II 1
PEES 402* Principles of Strength and Conditioning 3
PEES 420* Physical Education for Special Populations 3
PEES 422* Secondary Methods of Instruction 3
PEES 429* Field Experiences III 1
PEES 451* Programmatic Concerns in Teaching Physical Education 3
PEES 499 Professional Concerns Seminar 1


PEES 144 Beginning Weight Training 1
PEES 100-level Sports/Fitness 1
PEES 100-level Sports/Fitness 1
PEES 204 Teaching Team Sports 2
PEES 206 Teaching Individual and Dual Sports 2
PEES 222 Educational Games 2
PEES 223 Educational Gymnastics 2
PEES 224 Educational Dance 2
PEES 300 Theories of Coaching
OR PEES 424 Sports Psychology
PEES 326 Nutrition for Health and Performance 3
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers
OR CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals
Total Major Program Requirements 69


EDUC 203 Field Experience I 0.5
EDUC 240 Child Growth and the Educational Process 3
EDUC 300* Content Area Reading and Writing
OR EDUC 320* Reading and Writing in the Content Area
EDUC 499* Teacher Education Seminar 1
PEES 461* Clinical Practice 11
Teacher Certification Requirements 18.5


*Student must be admitted to Teacher Education Program.

  • For formal admission to the Physical Education K-12 Teacher Certification major, see Student Eligibility on page 244 of the catalog.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • Additional requirements: CPR/FA card during 4 year period as a student
  • Physical Education majors must earn a "B" or better in PEES 329, PEES 429, and PEES 461. A "C" or better must be earned in all other Major Program Core Requirements, Major Program Additional Requirements, and PEES 175.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses