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 Baptist Christian Physical Education and Health degree program 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 Teacher Education Faculty.

Teacher licensure program

Teacher education graduates at Maranatha can apply for licensure through both the American Association of Christian Schools and the State of Wisconsin.

Our teacher education programs are approved for teacher certification through the Wisconsin 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 Summer 
Freshman Fieldwork0Foundations of Education2Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Introduction to Sociology3Intro. to Physical Education and Health2Literature Elective3
Personal & Community Health2Consumerism in Health2
Old or New Testament Survey3Old or New Testament Survey3
English Composition 13English Composition 23
The Modern World3Physical Science Elective3
Math Elective3General Psychology3
Fall Spring Summer 
Developmental Psychology3The Exceptional Child3Outdoor Activities in Phys. Ed.1
Human Biology3Sophomore Fieldwork0Music Elective2
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods2Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology2
Techniques of Coaching Elective2Techniques of Coaching Elective2
Team Sports2Instructional Media & Technology3
Drugs, Society, & Human Behavior2Baptist Heritage3
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3American Studies Elective3
Fall Spring Summer 
Org. & Admin. of Athletics & P.E.3Junior Practicum0Basic Swimming0
Methods of Coaching2Adaptive Physical Education3Bible Elective3
Physiology of Exercise3Evaluations in Physical Education2
First Aid & Safety2Strength, Conditioning, & Flexibility2
Training Room Techniques3Kinesiology3
Indiv., Dual & Lifetime Sports2Elementary Physical Education & Health2
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Secondary School Reading3
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Fall Spring 
Education Seminar0Student Teaching12
Pre-ST Portfolio Review0
Classroom Management2
Methods of Teaching Physical Education3
Human Relations3
Educational Psychology3
School Health Programs2
Bible Elective3