Kinesiology (EC–12 Physical Education)
The Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (EC–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you for a rewarding career as a physical education teacher. You’ll be ready to motivate and empower young people with the healthy practices of physical fitness. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in Central Texas schools.
You’ll study all aspects of fitness and its important role in fostering lifelong good health. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Physical Education teacher certification in Texas. Once you're certified, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms. (A second teaching field is optional.)
Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (EC-12 Physical Education)
As a BA in Kinesiology major (EC–12), you’ll explore the fundamentals of physical activity in young people — from motor development to musculoskeletal anatomy. You’ll learn to design fitness plans, create after-school fitness activities, and provide lectures on nutrition and other aspects of well-being. You’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.
Most students select this degree with the goal of teaching the critical principles of fitness, sports and overall health. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and learning in the field — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.
With a BA in Kinesiology (EC–12) and successfully completing their certification, graduates may work as physical education teachers at schools. Advanced degrees are required for careers as nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, or chiropractors.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. CORE COURSES (43 CREDIT HOURS):
• Instructional Topics (four courses)
• Introduction to Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
• Safety and First Aid
• Physical Activity, Recreation and Sports for Special Populations
• Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
• Concepts of Physical Fitness and Wellness
• Health and Physical Education for Children
• Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Biomechanics
• Recreation and Sport for the Adolescent
• Motor Learning and Development
• Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology and Sports
• Exercise Physiology
• Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport and Kinesiology
• Management of Kinesiology and Sports Programs or Coaching Theory and Practice
V. SUPPORTING CORE COURSES (7 CREDIT HOURS):
• Biology Principles
• Human Anatomy and Physiology I
VI. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations
VII. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
VIII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
IX. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.