Physical Education

If you are an individual who enjoys (1) physical activity, (2) fitness, (3) sports activity, (4) working with people (young and old) and who is interested in their personal health and the health of others, then physical education is the discipline for you.

Ask physical educators to identify the most important aspect of their jobs and you’ll likely be told that, first and foremost, they are responsible for helping young people acquire the skills and self-confidence they need to participate in a wide variety of physical activities - while in school and beyond.

Iowa Central’s Physical Education curriculum combines courses in health, fitness, wellness, athletic training and emergency care, coaching, and sports activities. Professional courses in education are implemented with the physical education curriculum. The Physical Education curriculum provides general education coursework, specific skills training, and direct experience working with young people in a school setting. To be a teacher of Physical Education a student must graduate from an accredited teacher training institution. Students can attend Iowa Central for their first two years and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.

Potential Careers

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coaching
  • College Instructor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Exercise Science
  • Fitness Specialist
  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation/Leisure Specialist
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Officiating

Course Schedule

Physical Education (A.A. Degree)

Students planning to major in physical education have an opportunity to explore many physical education courses while attending Iowa Central. Students planning to become Physical Education teachers should consult Iowa Centralís brochures on Elementary Education and/or Secondary Education for additional information. The following is a general plan of study for students planning to teach Physical Education:

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-213 Intro to Education
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
PEH-185 Contemporary Health Issues
3.0
PSY-281 Educational Psychology
3.0
MAT-120 College Algebra
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
HIS-112 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
4.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
PEC-121 Body Structure and Function
2.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-115 Education and the Teaching Process
4.0
HIS-113 Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present
4.0
PEC-111 Techniques and Theory of Coaching
2.0
PET-105 Basic Athletic Training
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
Physical Education A.A. Degree Total Hours: 63.0

Coaching Authorization Certificate Program

Students completing the core courses for the state coaching authorization can receive a certificate from Iowa Central Community College. Students who complete this program will qualify for the Department of Education coaching authorization. The following courses are required for completion of the certificate program:

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PEC-121 Body Structure and Function
2.0
PEC-111 Techniques and Theory of Coaching
3.0
PEC-115 Athletic Development and Human Growth
1.0
PEC-127 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
2.0

Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology (BIO-163) can substitute for PEC-121. Developmental Psychology (PSY-121) can substitute for PED-115.

For more information on the Coaching Authorization Certificate Program please contact:

Brittany Bush 515-574-1286 bush_br@iowacentral.edu  

Advisor

Tracy Crippin-Haake 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu