Physical Education Major K-12 – Secondary Education (BS)

  1. The first goal of the program is to prepare students to have the initial level of competence in physical education pedagogy to be able to obtain their first teaching position.
  2. The second goal of the teacher preparation major is to prepare students to pass the state certification test for K-12 physical education.
  3. The third goal of the program is that students will be physically educated persons

All prerequisites must be met prior to enrollment in the course for which it is required. Majors in physical education will receive a secondary certification giving the student the ability to teach K-12 physical education. Minors in physical education will receive a secondary certification and the ability to teach grades 6 through 12. No longer is physical education eligible to be part of an elementary classroom teacher preparation program. Students who wish to be certified to teach physical education and in the elementary classroom must first complete the physical education major, and then add a general elementary classroom endorsement.

All student seeking teacher certification must pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test prior to taking EN201, Introduction to Education which student complete before taking any other teacher education classes. It is recommended that students take this early in their college career.

Majors and minors will be required to complete in-school observation hours in KN242 (Sports Techniques) and KN364 (Motor learning/Motor development) as well as in school field experiences in KN358 (Elementary methods) and 450 (Secondary methods and measurements). There is also a field placement in a school or with Special Olympics for KN452 (Physical Activity for Special Populations). The preparation program culminates with student-teaching which consists of a nine week elementary and a nine week secondary placement. The student must be certified in First Aid and CPR to student-teach. This certification can be obtained in KN158 but it must be kept current. After completing the major (and minor) but before receiving a teaching certificate, the student must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.

Major Requirements: Fifty-two (52) semester hours.

  • At least eighteen (18) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This major must be combined with the Secondary Professional Preparation courses required for teacher certification.
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better will count toward the major.
KN146 Nutrition, Exercise and Stress 3.0
KN147 Outdoor Recreation 3.0
KN158 Health Education-First Aid 3.0
KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology 3.0
KN242 Sports Techniques and Research 3.0
KN245 Sports Officiating 1.0
KN250 Physiology of Exercise 4.0
KN256 Kinesiology 4.0
KN260 Theory of Coaching 3.0
KN281 Aerobic Fitness 1.0
KN284 Folk and Square Dance/Methodology 2.0
KN289 Teaching Gymnastics 2.0
KN358 Physical Education in the Elementary School 3.0
KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development 3.0
KN404 Conditioning I 2.0
KN450 Methods/Measurement in Secondary PE 4.0
KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations 3.0
Five (5) Activity courses:

Application for acceptance to the major can be made after two full semesters and a 2.0 minimum grade point average.
Application to the major includes:

  1. Minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average
  2. Completion of the application (available in department office), with three (3) letters of recommendation, one from a professor, one from a current student accepted to the education program, and one from a non-relative (former coach, teacher, employer, etc.)
  3. A statement of recognition and understanding of the State standards for beginning teachers available in the Kinesiology office or on the State Department of Education website.
  4. A personal interview with the advisor for the major.

Outcome Assessment of the Physical Education Teaching major: Satisfactory completion of the Michigan Department of Education’s nine standards for beginning teachers, successful completion of the state teacher certification exam (MTTC), and various surveys (course/instructor evaluations, senior exit interviews etc).


  • KN146 Nutrition, Exercise, Stress (3) KN

    Study of nutrition, exercise, and stress. Activities will include personal fitness assessment, active participation, and lecture and discussion. This course involves both lecture and participation in exercises

  • KN147 Outdoor Recreation (3)

    Techniques of camp counseling, program organization; outdoor leadership skills, and marketing of outdoor programs. Additional fees may be required. Prerequisite: KN159.

  • KN158 Health Education—First Aid (3)

    Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course

  • KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)

    Philosophy, history, and theories of physical education and exercise; professional preparation for the areas of teaching (K-12), exercise, sport management, and health. Additional fees for conference attendance.

  • KN242 Sports Techniques and Research (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical education and recreation educators with instruction, practice, and participation in the fundamental rules, skills, terminology, and strategies of the sports most often taught in physical education classes K through 12. Special emphasis is placed on the research process needed to become knowledgeable and able to instruct unfamiliar sports. Offered fall semester. Observation/teaching hours required. Prerequisite: EN201 or permission of instructor

  • KN245 Sports Officiating (1)

    Techniques and methods of officiating basketball, football, track and field, baseball and softball, soccer or volleyball; study of rules and strategies of officiating; Michigan certification available. 

  • KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)

    Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on energy expenditure, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Offered fall semester for Athletic Training majors and spring semester for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160

  • KN256 Anatomical Kinesiology/Biomechanical Kinesiology (4)

    Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.

  • KN260 Theory of Coaching (3)

    This course is designed to introduce and develop skills needed to become a successful coach. It is intended to provide the foundation for those who coach sports at any level. Through a series of videotaped presentations, readings, Internet activities and discussions, the learners will gain insight into the many intangibles of coaching that, until now, could only be learned through the trial and error of experience. The course addresses the differences in levels of competitive sports, the personal roles that coaches should exhibit, the professional roles expected and the organizational influences on the world of a coach. 

  • KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1) KN

  • KN284 Folk and Square Dance/Methodology (2) KN

  • KN289 Teaching Gymnastics (2)

    Class meets off campus after the first meeting.

  • KN358 Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)

    Characteristics of children (K-6), implications for physical activity; lesson planning, organization of simple games, rhythmic activities, curricular development, skill themes, movement concepts, lead-up games to sport activities. Grade K-6 observation/teaching hours required. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN242, EN 201 or permission of instructor.

  • KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)

    Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement. We will also discuss motor learning as it pertains to recovery from sports injuries. Offered spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: KN256.

  • KN404 Conditioning I (2) KN

    This is an activity course is designed for the student to work on their own personal conditioning. It involves intensive workouts during the eight weeks. Athletes in season will still need to participate at their top level. Those that are injured should NOT take the class until the injury is healed. 

  • KN450 Methods/Measurement in Secondary Physical Education (4)

    Theory and practice in teaching health education and physical education: lesson planning, curricular development, grading, measurement, and evaluation techniques used in secondary schools. Junior status required. Grades 7–12 observation/teaching hours required. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: KN159, KN242, EN201 or permission of instructor.

  • KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations (3)

    Games, rhythmic activities, developmental movement, perceptual motor activities for children with handicapped conditions; focus on theory and practice of mainstreaming. Offered spring semester even years only. Prerequisite: KN159 or permission of instructor.