Physical Education and Health

Teaching health to others

Many Americans fail to recognize that the human body is created for God’s glory (1 Cor. 6:20). You can shape the next generation by teaching personal health and individual and team sports from a biblical worldview.

Maranatha’s Physical Education and Health major will prepare you to teach physical education and coach athletic teams in both Christian and public schools. You’ll also have the opportunity to join any of Maranatha’s 11 intercollegiate sports teams. Maranatha athletic teams are part of the Northern Athletics Conference, the NCAA Division III, and the NCCAA.

“I have found that the classes I took at Maranatha were very beneficial” – Andrew Vawter (’06)

Coaching minor

A good team needs a good coach. The Coaching minor focuses not only on how to have a winning season but on training athletes to model character traits such as faithfulness, commitment, and perseverance. Dedicated athletic instructors challenge athletes to excel in sports as well as godliness.

Students who minor in coaching learn how to teach basic skill development in at least three sports of their choice (baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, volleyball, or wrestling). They also gain an understanding of team organization, anatomy and physiology, coaching techniques, conditioning procedures, and first aid and safety.

Read more about Maranatha's Coaching minor.

Our faculty knows sports

Coach Keith Salscheider played college basketball at Liberty University, St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) and San Diego Christian College (California). His professional basketball career included four years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He averaged 17 points and shot 45 percent from 3-point range for the Great Falls (Montana) Explorers in 2007-08.

But now he coaches and teaches at Maranatha. Read more about our Business Faculty.

Teacher licensure program

Teacher education students at Maranatha can choose to follow a licensure program that will allow them to teach in the public school setting. The license program requires two teaching placements and a full semester of student teaching.

Once students have completed the program, they will be eligible to apply for a teaching license through the Department of Public Instruction.

Click here for more information on teacher licensing.

Your potential career

  • Coach for school or church
  • Physical Education teacher
  • Athletic department director

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sociology3Foundations of Education2
Personal & Community Health2Intro. to Physical Education and Health2
Christian Life 11Consumerism in Health2
Old Testament Survey2New Testament Survey2
English Composition 13English Composition 23
The Modern World3Physical Science Elective3
Math Elective3General Psychology3
Fall Spring 
Developmental Psychology3The Exceptional Child3
Anatomy & Physiology 14Sophomore Fieldwork0
Motor Learning2Anatomy & Physiology 24
Techniques of Coaching Elective2Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology2
Teaching Techniques1Techniques of Coaching Elective2
Drugs, Society, & Human Behavior2Instructional Media & Technology3
Bible Elective2Christian Life 21
Principles of Bible Study2Baptist Heritage3
Fall Spring 
Organization & Admin. of Athletics & P.E.3Junior Fieldwork0
Methods of Coaching2Adaptive Physical Education3
Physiology of Exercise3Evaluations in Physical Education2
First Aid & Safety2Strength, Conditioning, & Flexibility2
Training Room Techniques3Kinesiology3
Teaching Techniques2Elementary Physical Education & Health2
Bible Elective2Secondary School Reading3
Christian Life 31Bible Doctrine 23
Fall Spring 
Education Seminar0Supervised Student Teaching-License12
Pre-ST Portfolio Review0Post-ST Portfolio Review0
Methods of Teaching Physical Education3
Human Relations3
Educational Psychology3
School Health Programs2
Bible Elective2
Bible Doctrine 13
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Literature Elective3
Upper Level Status0
American Studies Elective3
Music Elective2
Teaching Techniques2