The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in physical education for students who wish to obtain licensure to teach physical education
in elementary, middle, junior high, and high school.
The physical education major combines theoretical knowledge with practical application working with
students in area schools. Beginning with their first year on campus, students are progressively guided
through experiences that prepare them for successful careers in teaching.
Students have numerous opportunities to apply concepts of teaching in high school,
middle school, and elementary school settings, culminating with a semester-long student
Coursework in the major includes skill proficiencies in areas such as the following:
The department offers opportunities for on-site learning in education and professional areas of study,
and for laboratory experience in pedagogy, physiology, biomechanics, and sports activity. Instruction is
centered in our 230,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building.
The University is a leader in the state in using technology to enhance learning to teach.
In the Instructional Analysis Laboratory, physical education teaching majors use specialized computer
software programs to plan lessons and analyze their teaching performance.
Our faculty members are nationally recognized for their expertise in teacher education.
Relatively small class sizes make it possible for students to receive individual attention. Through
our developmentally designed micro-teaching, early field experiences, and student teaching experiences, students
get a real sense of what it means to be a teacher.
Students may join OSPE (Organization for Students in Physical Education) and engage in
social activities such as intramurals and bowling events. Service learning opportunities
are available including activities working with children in physical activity settings and supporting
local health-related organizations.
In addition, numerous opportunities exist in Terre Haute and surrounding communities for
students to volunteer with children and adults as coaches, instructors, and mentors.
These include the Boys and Girls Club, community centers, sports centers, the Family Y,
and the school corporation after-school programs.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships. For information about these awards, contact the department.
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University
Last updated: September 26, 2012
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