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Kinesiology: Health & Physical Education

Explore a career that enables you to make a difference every day in children’s physical health and well-being.

Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in health and physical education PK-12, prepares you to become a health or physical education teacher. The program also includes a coaching certificate, so you’ll be qualified to coach your favorite sport as well. 

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

Through this program, you’ll learn how to:

  • incorporate the Virginia Standards and the NASPE standards
  • write unit plans and lesson plans
  • assess student learning and your effectiveness as a teacher
  • measure and assess students’ psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills
  • demonstrate the ability to self-reflect
  • present in front of large audiences, including conventions

Our program emphasizes playing sports and learning how sports can play a positive role and contribute to building the individual character of each student. Our approach is based on Play Practice (Launder & Piltz) and small-sided games, and focuses on the concept that students learn through playing games, not through boring drills.

We also incorporate more tactics, strategies and focus on sportsmanship in our teaching to help develop individuals into better spectators. For some, these small-sided games will be their only competitive sporting experience so it should be fun. We also teach to value each person, part of the Sport Education Model (Siedentop) we incorporate.

 

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

Lack of activity is a key part of the obesity epidemic. Our program teaches you how to make learning enjoyable for your students, and how to engage all students in health and physical education using a focus on games and technology such as pedometers and heart rate monitors.

What makes our program unique?

You can complete Shenandoah’s undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in four years. Our small classes and low faculty-student ratios mean you’ll receive individualized attention from experienced faculty mentors. You’ll also work with a partner in your methods courses, and have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in evaluation methods.

Earning Potential:

Earnings can range from $36,000 to $48,000 depending on the district you serve.

Learn Through Experience

You’ll participate in 75-hour field experiences with each methods class, with placements at the elementary, middle and high school levels in both health and physical education to give you a diverse range of teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have more than 400 hours of classroom teaching time.

Shenandoah’s many partnerships with local schools offer plenty of opportunities to gain valuable experience through work with the disabled population (such as the Special Olympics), testing real students with the latest assessment tools, and helping local schools with festivals, fun runs, and more.

Faculty

Brian Wigley

Associate Professor of Sport Management
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Bruce Elmore

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
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Cindy Schendel

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
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Spotlights

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Meet Your Alumni Board Member – Ryan MacRae ’09

As a man who wears many hats, Ryan MacRae ’09 has added yet another hat to his collection—father. Ryan and his wife, Kamie Hagedorn ’01 MacRae, are the proud parents of identical twin boys, Robert Alexander and Benjamin Allen, who made their entrance… Read More

Alumni Successes

MacRae, Ryan e

Meet Your Alumni Board Member – Ryan MacRae ’09

As a man who wears many hats, Ryan MacRae ’09 has added yet another hat to his collection—father. Ryan and his wife, Kamie Hagedorn ’01 MacRae, are the proud parents of identical twin boys, Robert Alexander and Benjamin Allen, who made their entrance… Read More