The purpose of the department is to provide opportunity for the individual to learn activities which are invigorating and enjoyable and will lead to positive physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth. Emphasis is placed on physical growth by stressing the importance of developing and maintaining a strong, sound body. The emotional, mental and spiritual growth of the student is enhanced through development of skills which will enable the student to participate in worthwhile recreational activities. Through these activities, students will be able to make emotional and mental adaptations. It is also the aim of the department to give physical education majors, minors, and coaches a clear understanding of procedures, methods, techniques, and materials for effective, competent teaching and coaching.
- Physical Education Teacher Licensure
- Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Major
- Mississippi Frameworks for Physical Education K-12
Physical Education Major: Thirty-six semester hours from any theory courses in health or physical education. The student may elect either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The university provides intercollegiate competition in basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, and cross country for both men and women; baseball for men; and softball for women. A varsity athlete may receive a maximum of four semester hours’ credit for intercollegiate competition in each of these sports with no more than eight hours total.
Health and Physical Education Minor: Eighteen semester hours, including PED 337 or PED 339. Fifteen semester hours may be elected from any other theory courses.
Teacher Licensure: forty-five semester hours, including six hours from PED 325,331, 333, or 334, and the rest from HEA 230, HEA 300, HEA 323, PED 231, PED 324, PED 336, PED 432, PED 433, PED 436, and PED 437. PED 337 and PED 339 must be taken as methods courses. Additional licensure requirements are listed under special subject areas in the education department.
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Major: fifty-four semester hours from the following areas: Nine hours in health from HEA 230, HEA 240, HEA 300, HEA 3230; 24 hours in physical education from PED 222, PED 231, PED 324, PED 325, PED 329, PED 331, PED 333, PED 334, PED 336, PED 337, PED 338, PED 339, PED 432, PED 433, PED 436, and PED 437; nine hours in recreation from REC 301, REC 302, REC 303, REC 304, REC 305, REC 306, and REC 307; and 12 hours of electives from the courses listed above.
Coaching Minor: Twenty-one semester hours, including PED 222, 329, 432, and six hours from the following PED 331, 333, or 334. Six additional hours may be elected from any PED theory course.
Recreation Minor: Eighteen semester hours of recreation courses.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PED)
222. Organization of Practice and scouting of team sports: (3 hours) Principles for organizing and administering a practice session. Scouting techniques for football, basketball, and baseball. Link to Syllabus
231. History and Introduction to Physical Education: (3 hours) Physical Education in America from the Colonial days to the present. Link to Syllabus
324. Anatomy-Physiology: (3 hours) A study of the physical structure of the body and how each system relates in its function. Link to Syllabus
325. Motor Development and Creative Rhythms for Elementary school: (3 hours) The development and refinement of skillful performance in gymnastics, rhythms, and games. Link to Syllabus
329. Philosophy and Psychology of Coaching: (3 hours) A study of how sports became a part of the school and society; an analysis of the purpose, values, nature, and scope of coaching. Link to Syllabus
331. The theory and Practice of Coaching Basketball: (3 hours) Link to Syllabus
333. The theory and Practice of Coaching Baseball: (3 hours) Link to Syllabus
334. The theory and Practice of Coaching Soccer: (3 hours)
336. Kinesiology: (3 hours) The scientific principles of movement, muscles and muscular actions, and mechanical principles, such as levers, laws of motion, stability, and momentum. Link to Syllabus
337. Methods of teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary schools:(3 hours) A study of principles of learning, principles of teaching, class organization, teaching techniques, and materials of elementary school. Link to Syllabus
338. Health and Physical Education in Elementary schools: (3 hours) A study of how physical education, physical fitness, health and wellness, and movement can be effectively used in the elementary grades. Link to Syllabus
339. Methods of teaching Health and Physical Education in secondary schools: (3 hours) A study of principles of learning, principles of teaching, class organization, teaching techniques, and materials of secondary school. Link to Syllabus
349. Survey of Insurance: (1 hour) A study of various insurance programs.
432. The Care and Prevention of Sports Injuries: (3 hours) Basic fundamentals and techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of injuries. Link to Syllabus
433. Organization and Administration of Physical Education: (3 hours) General Principles of Administration and their effects upon the organization of a physical education program. Link to Syllabus
436. Tests and Measurements in Physical Education: (3 hours) Techniques of constructing, administering, and analyzing written and skill test in health and physical education. Link to Syllabus
437. Physical Education for the Exceptional Child: (3 hours) The nature of certain physical and mental handicaps and methods for working with handicapped students in a physical education program. Link to Syllabus
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION (HEA)
230. First Aid: (3 hours) Methods of caring for injuries and applying first aid to the injured, together with methods of preventing injuries and accidents.
240. Nutrition and Diet Therapy: (3 hours) Role of nutrition in high level wellness. Therapeutic diets prescribed for common medical problems. Link to Syllabus
300. Health and Exercise for a New Lifestyle: (3 hours) This course is designed to teach the student how to be totally healthy, including information on healthy diets and types of exercise that are best for achieving and maintaining optimal strength. Link to Syllabus
323. Consumer Health: (3 hours) A study of the effects tobacco, alcohol and other drugs have on the body; drug abuse in today’s society; the eating habits of today's young people; and family relationships. Satisfies writing intensive course requirement.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR RECREATION (REC)
301. Outdoor Recreation: (3 hours) This course is designed to give students an overview of outdoor recreation. Emphasis will be given in camping, canoeing, fishing, and hiking.
302. Intramural: (3 hours) This course is designed to give students the knowledge of how to organize an intramural program in a recreational setting.
303. Recreation for Children: (3 hours) This course is designed to give students the knowledge of recreational games for children and young adults.
304. Recreation for Adults: (3 hours) This course is designed to give the students the knowledge of recreational games for adults and how to administer a program for senior citizens.
305. Practicum in Recreation: (3 hours) Practical field experience under the supervision of a specialist.
306. Leisure services: (3 hours) This course is designed to inform the student of available services in public and private recreation.
307. Recreation for Persons with Handicapping Conditions: (3 hours) This course is designed to give the student a knowledge of the organization and administration of a recreation program for persons with a handicap.
ACTIVITY COURSES (PED)
Students who do not wish to take activity courses may take HEA 300.
111. Aerobics: (1 hour) Three hours per week.
112. Human Wellness: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
113. soccer: (1 hour) Two hours a week.
114. Golf: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
115. softball: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
117. Badminton: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
118. Tennis: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
119. Bowling: (1 hour) Three hours a week.
160. General Movement and Dance for Theatre: (1 hour) Same as THE 160.
162. Movement and Dance for the Musical Theatre: Jazz: (1 hour) Same as THE 261.
163. Movement and Dance for the Musical Theatre: Tap: (1 hour) Same as THE 260.
164. Movement and Dance for the Musical Theatre: Modern: (1 hour)
166. Stage Combat: (1 hour) Same as THE 166.
167. Weight Training: (1 hour) Two hours per week.
168. Fitness and Stress: (1 hour) Two hours per week.
ACTIVITY CREDIT (PEG)
Note: A maximum of eight semester hours of elective credit from the following courses may count toward a degree.
101, 102, 103, 104. Intercollegiate Basketball: (1 hour)
106, 107, 108, 109. Intercollegiate Baseball: (1 hour)
121, 122, 123, 124. Cheerleading: (1 hour)
141, 142, 143, 144. Intercollegiate Soccer: (1 hour)
151, 152, 153, 154. Intercollegiate Softball: (1 hour)
161, 162, 163, 164. Intercollegiate Golf: (1 hour)
171, 172, 173, 174. Intercollegiate Tennis: (1 hour)