Physical Education (K-12)

Students majoring in Physical Education will learn and understand the National Standards for Physical Education.

The development and integration of the physical with the intellectual, social and emotional capacities shall be the responsibility of each individual student. This, however, can only be achieved in participation with regularity in physical activities which meet present and future needs and interests. The establishment of this habit while in college should contribute vitally to the maintenance of a well-balanced personality throughout life.

A physically educated person:

  • Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

A major in physical education prepares students to teach grades K—12.

Physical education majors will demonstrate:

  • Commitment to students and their learning;
  • Knowledge of the content and how to teach the content, skills, and dispositions to students;
  • Responsibility for motivating, managing, and monitoring student learning;
  • Reflective thinking about their practice and their experiences; and
    Interest in lifelong learning and participating in learning communities.

Download Physical Education Checksheet for required courses

Physical Education Checklist
Seth Pugh: Physical Education Major

“My coursework at Iowa Wesleyan provided me with the instructional strategies and classroom management skills that I need to be an effective teacher. The professors at IW are very knowledgeable and genuinely care about their students.”