Why study Physical Education at MC?

Physical Ed Program Overview

If you consider yourself physically active and healthy, and enjoy working with others to educate them on the benefits of being physical active, you will enjoy a career in health/wellness. Students in this program receive a broad foundation in health/wellness/administration. Students in this program are encouraged to choose a minor.

Physical Education/Health with Teacher Licensure

As a physical education/health teacher, you have the opportunity to inspire young students to be physically active and healthy throughout their lifetime. You can play a vital role in the development of a student physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. The healthy behaviors they learn can lead to lifetime wellness and decrease the percentage of individuals who are obese. Our program provides a many experiential learning opportunities in the classroom and the community.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Boys & Girls Club
Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation
Mountain Challenge
Special Olympics

Meet a current student

Kenzi Sawyer ’17
Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.

Kenzi is double-majoring in physical education and management and minoring in Spanish. The long-term career goal of this former MC volleyball team member is to open a cross fit facility. Coursework in nutrition, exercise physiology and administrative physical education have prepared her for that goal, but she believes the most important takeaway from the major is knowing how and why to be healthy. “This curriculum has prepared me not only for future success in the field, but more importantly, has provided me the knowledge to lead and advocate a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “After all, your health is your wealth.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Makayla May Dudley ’16
Currently: Health and Safety Teacher at Carter Middle School in Knoxville, Tenn.

In her current role at Carter Middle School, Makayla is able to pursue a lifelong goal to promote healthy lifestyles among young people. The former Maryville College crosscountry athlete also shares her love of being active with her students in additional roles as the head cross-country coach, assistant track coach and assistant basketball coach. “Maryville College taught me that being a teacher is way more than a lesson focused on my content,” she said. “Being a teacher means building relationships with students and finding ways to push them to their full potential. No matter what you teach, there is a shared goal to prepare students for their future.”

Job Placements

Alcoa City Schools
Blount County School System
Memorial Hospital Total Rehab
Blount Memorial Hospital Springbrook
Blount Memorial Hospital
Gold’s Gym
Maryville City Schools
National Fitness Center

Graduate School Placements

Belmont University
East Tennessee State University
Lincoln Memorial University
Tennessee Technological University

Course Offerings

Careful planning of one’s course of study is necessary to ensure that general education, major, and professional teacher licensure requirements are met within the framework of four years. It is particularly important to complete PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.) in the first year. Students should meet with the adviser for teacher licensure in physical education as soon as possible. Admission to teacher education is not automatic and occurs only after certain qualifications are met, which include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7, a minimum 2.7 in the major, a minimum score on certain standardized tests, and successfully passing two screening processes. Please refer to the section in the catalog on Education as well as the section on Course Descriptions.

With careful choice of electives and course substitutions students may design a program of study that will prepare them for graduate study in such fields as Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Students with this goal in mind should work closely with an advisor in the Division beginning the first year.

The Major in Physical Education consists of 56 credit hours and includes the following courses:

PHR 101: Human Health and Development (3 hrs.)
PHR 102: Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (3 hrs.)
PHR 106: Aquatic Education (1 hr.)
PHR 219: Principles of Human Nutrition (3 hrs.)
PHR 231: Motor Development and Motor Learning (3 hrs.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (3 hrs.)
PHR 332: Kinesiology (3 hrs.)
PHR 334: Administration and Supervision of Physical Education Programs (2 hrs.)
PHR 337: Internship (3 hrs.)
PHR 341: Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education (3 hrs.)

 

PHR 345: Physiology of Exercise (3 hrs.)
PHR 346: Physical Education in games, Sports and Activities (3 hrs.)
PHR 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
BIO 217: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hrs.)
BIO 218: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hrs.)

Additional courses in liberal studies include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
BUS 201: Principles of Management (3 hrs.)

American Red Cross certifications in Standard First Aid and Community CPR are required as part of the major.

The Minor in Physical Education consists of 18 credit hours including:

PHR 102: Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (3 hrs.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (3 hrs.)
Two credits of Lifetime Activity courses (See catalog)
Eight credit hours chosen from courses at the 200 or 300 level

American Red Cross certifications in standard First Aid and Community CPR are required as part of this minor.

The Minor in Physical Education is not open to outdoor recreation majors.

The Major in Physical Education/Health for K-12 Teacher Licensure consists of 53 credit hours and includes the following courses:

PHR 101: Human Health and Development
(3 hrs.)
PHR 102: Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (3 hrs.)
PHR 106: Aquatic Education (1 hr.)
PHR 219: Principles of Human Nutrition (3 hrs.)
PHR 231: Motor Development and Motor Learning (2 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PHR 237: Introduction to Health Education (1 hr.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 331: Physical Education for Children (2 hrs.)
PHR 332: Kinesiology (3 hrs.)
PHR 334: Administration and Supervision of Physical Education Programs (2 hrs.)
PHR 336: Community Health (3 hrs.)
PHR 341: Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education (3 hrs.)
PHR 345: Physiology of Exercise (3 hrs.)
PHR 346: Physical Education in games, Sports and Activities (3 hrs.)
PHR 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
BIO 217: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs.)
BIO 218: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)

 

Professional Courses:

Also required are 26 credit hours in professional courses in teacher education which consist of:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classroom (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2-6 hrs.) (4 hrs. required)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)

American Red Cross certifications in standard First Aid and Community CPR are required as part of this major.