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Bachelor of ArtsEducation - Physical Education and Health (grades 5-12)

Majoring in Physical Education and Health Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective physical education (K-12) or health (5-12) teacher and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 57 to 61 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the physical education and health curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Education - Physical Education and Health (grades 5-12) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades 5 through 12 health. Students have an opportunity to blend theory and practice through a series of content courses, methods courses, field experiences, and clinical practice. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Complete content major with 2.75 GPA (20 credits)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
KHS - 200 Community Safety & First Aid 1
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 250 Technology, Media & Your Envir 2
KHS - 300 Applied Nutrition 4
KHS - 310 Drug Education 2
KHS - 320 Human Life Experience 3
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4
KHS - 410 Health Methods and Strategies 3

This course is designed to give students the fundamental skills and procedures necessary to identify ways to prevent injury and/or illness, recognize when an emergency has occurred, follow emergency action steps, and provide basic care for injury and/or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives.

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This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of technological advancements in health, the influence of the media on health, and a look into how our environment affects our health. Students will be asked to conduct research into all three topics, analyzing data, summarizing findings, and developing opinion statements concerning all three areas. Class discussion and participation is essential to student success in this course. (Prerequisite: KHS110)

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The study of the interaction of humans with food. Nutritional concepts; current consumer issues in nutrition; nutritional needs through the life cycle; international nutritional concerns and issues are studied.

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Pharmacological and etiological foundations, schedules, classifications, theoretical approaches to dependency, addiction and tolerance together with intervention and prevention strategies are studied. This course is designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and role playing experience in the area of drug use and abuse. Students will develop a broad based knowledge of the various types of drugs and how they are being used today medically and on the street. The students will also be asked to participate in discussions designed to raise their awareness of drug use/abuse and assist them in developing the skills and habits necessary to refrain from the negative impacts of use/abuse.

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This is a survey course designed to enable students to understand the biological, physiological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of sexuality and human sexual behavior. Students will approach much of the material from a variety of different learning strategies including, research, games, small and large groups discussions, guest speakers, group activities, small assignments/worksheets, etc.

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KHS400 Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

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Health Methods and Strategies is designed to help learners identify and practice effective methods of facilitating K-12 health education. Observations of teaching of health lessons in elementary, middle school and secondary school settings are included in the requirements. Learners will explore and assess various educational resources from medical, insurance, health agency, business and private organizations that effectively could be used with K-12 learners. This will include development of a professional telecommunications resource database. Learners will learn strategies for effectively using and evaluating telecommunications and interactive multimedia for K-12 health education. (Prerequisites: ED336, ED470)

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Prerequisites to Admission to Teacher Education: 10 or 14 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 201 Foundations & Intro to Edu 3
PSY - 210 Child Psychology and Dev 4
PSY - 215 Child & Ad Dev Psy for K-12 Ed 4
ED - 336 Educational Psychology 3

Concordia's teacher education program and its conceptual framework are introduced to students in this course. This course introduces students to the philosophical, historical, sociological, and legal foundations upon which current educational theory and practice is constructed. During the duration of the course students need to register for required MTLE Basic Skills Test (additional fee). A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. Admission to Program is an outcome including development of efolio and admittance to program interview.

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A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the studentsÀ projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course will provide K through 12 educators an understanding of human growth and development from the prenatal stages through adolescence. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies, examining various aspects of child and adolescent development, are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

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This course applies the basic principles of human development and behavior to the classroom situation. Emphasis is given to the teacher education conceptual framework, theoretical backgrounds in learning, and their application to the classroom. Topics include the characteristics of children, student variability, educational planning and instructional objectives, classroom management and assessment. A 15 hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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Prerequisites to Student Teaching: 11 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 330 Human Diversity and Relations 2
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 347 Effective Secondary Teacher 2
ED - 439 The Inclusive Classroom 2
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

This course helps students experience, understand and become sensitive to human diversity and presents strategies for teaching human relations skills in the classroom setting. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included.

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The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course provides a study of the purposes, history, philosophy, organization, operation, students, curriculum, teaching practices, and current problems of secondary schools in the United States. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in a secondary school. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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Prospective educators are introduced to legislation and practices related to the inclusion of students with unique learning needs into regular classrooms. Topics include the classroom teacher's role is assessing, developing, and implementing unique learning experiences and managing group and individual behaviors. A 15-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university's human relations requirement is included. (Prerequisite: upper level standing)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Eric LaMott Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Professor of Kinesiology
Dr. Michael Walcheski Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Chairperson of Department of Human Services, Professor of Psychology and Family Science

Dr. Walcheski is a nationally recognized expert in Family Science who conducts presentations and professional training sessions at academic conferences and education seminars.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Dr. Cheryl Chatman Ed.D Executive Vice President, Dean of Diversity, Professor of Education

Dr. Chatman works with the president and campus to help provide a climate necessary for institutional excellence, and serves as a link between and among the campus and community.

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice, plus take content courses in the exercise science department. Because we design our physical education and health education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching in health education in grades 5-12 within private or public elementary and secondary schools.

  • Public School Health Teacher
  • Private School Health Teacher

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