A minor in physical education prepares students interested in the teaching and coaching fields to become proficient in the methods and strategies necessary for delivering a physical education curriculum in the public and private schools. A minor in physical education also helps students preparing for careers in pre-professional therapy to understand how growth and motor development affects efficiency in human movement.
Licensed Physical Educator: The physical education minor prepares students to add physical education as an endorsement to an existing teaching license.
Athletic Coaching: The physical education minor at Ozarks helps students to build the skills related to the organization and administration of athletics that are valued by public and private organizations throughout the United States and abroad.
Allied Health Fields: The physical education minor helps to prepare students for careers in allied health fields including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training.
Teacher candidates that complete all of the required components of the Pat Walker Teacher Education Program will be eligible for an Arkansas teaching license at the end of their program of study. Our program will not align with the teacher certification licensure requirements of other states. Graduating from the University of the Ozarks Teacher Education Program will not automatically qualify program completers to receive a teaching license in another state. Teacher candidates and program completers will want to consult the Department of Education website of their preferred state in order to examine educator licensure and reciprocity requirements should they seek licensure in a state outside of Arkansas.
- PHE 3044: Methods of Teaching Physical Education & Health in Secondary SchoolsThe basic purpose of this course is to prepare the secondary physical education instructor to deliver the coordinated school health curriculum. Focus will be on developmentally appropriate content for teaching students in grades seven through twelve. This course includes such topics as classification of students, organization of classes, choice and selection of material, the making of lesson plans, and techniques of teaching activities.
- PHE 3422: Physical Education and Health for K-6 TeachersThis course is designed to provide the pre-service K-6 classroom teacher with a knowledge base in the principles of physical fitness, physical education curriculum planning and appropriate selection of physical activities for elementary students. Candidates will complete hands-on projects working with children and integrating physical education with other subjects found in the grades K-6 curriculum. Course presents instruction in mental and emotional health, drug education, diet, exercise, sexuality, and diseases, and safety concepts as they relate to quality and longevity of life.
- PHE 3232: Measurement and EvaluationThis course is an introduction to measurement theory and selection of appropriate tests for the physical educator. Test construction, interpretation of tests, and evaluation of results are explored in the cognitive, psychomotor and effective domains, as well as physical fitness and sports skills.