Physical Education

What is Physical Education

Physical education develops fitness and fosters the desire for lifelong participation in physical activity. Skills are developed for the ability to perform and enjoy day-to-day physical activities with ease, participate in a wide range of activities and to be physically and mentally active, fit and healthy into adulthood.

Success factors

At the core of any physical education program is exercise. If you enjoy exercise, working out, working with people and working to plan recreational events, this major may be for you.

“Hesston gave me an understanding that being a physical education teacher is not only about the physical activity, but that caring about students’ lives and their well-being that is the most important. Classes like Intro to Education, Social Diversity and Psychology really taught me alot everything it takes to be a PE teacher.”
— Kyndell Hightree, class of 2016

Career possibilities

After receiving the associate of arts degree in physical education at Hesston College, many students will continue their education and receive a bachelor of arts degree in physical education with teacher licensure. However, there are many other career opportunities available to physical education majors, including coaching, sports management, community recreation, sports information and journalism, youth camps and business opportunities in the sporting goods industry.

Majoring in physical education

  • Learn how to organize recreational events, including the college’s annual two-mile race Learn teaching methodology
  • Have the opportunity to work within the community
  • Learn the science of the body
  • Learn skill-based and fitness-based competencies in one-hour physical education elective classes

Physical education curriculum

At Hesston College, Physical Education candidates learn scientific knowledge, skill-based and fitness-based competencies and instructional delivery methodology necessary for the development of physically educated individuals. In addition to courses designed for physical education majors and teaching licensure, the department offers a wellness course for all students, an introduction to recreational management, and flexible elective courses for majors and non-majors. The goal of the department is for all students to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and develop knowledge of the interconnectedness of the dimensions of wellness.

Sample curriculum - associate degree in physical education

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