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Overview | Physical Education & Health

There is a glaring need in our country today for teachers who promote Christ-centered principles concerning sports and physical activity. From a biblical worldview, you can shape the next generation by choosing Maranatha’s Physical Education and Health major. This program prepares you to teach physical education and health classes and to coach athletic teams in both Christian and public schools.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify a variety of differences among students and individualize instruction accordingly.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively plan for instruction, incorporating a wide variety of strategies for instruction and classroom management.
  • Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge and application to the teaching of their content in physical education and health.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct and interpret a wide variety of assessments.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to teach content according to a biblical worldview.

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Introduction to Sociology (3)
Personal and Community Health (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
The Modern World (3)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Freshmen Fieldwork (0)
Foundations of Education (2)
Intro. to Physical Education and Health (2)
Consumerism in Health (2)
Physical Science Elective (3)
American Studies Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18


Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 2

Semester 1

Developmental Psychology (3)
Human Biology (3)
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Methods (2)
Techniques of Coaching Elective (2)
Drugs, Society, & Human Behavior (2)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

The Exceptional Child (3)
Sophomore Fieldwork (0)
Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2)
Techniques of Coaching Elective (2)
Instructional Media & Technology (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Kinesiology (3)
Elementary Physical Education & Health (2)

Total Credits: 18


Outdoor Activities in Phys. Ed. (1)
Bible Elective (3)

Total Credits: 4

Semester 1

Org. & Admin. of Athletics & P.E. (3)
Methods of Coaching Theory (2)
Teaching & Coaching Methods Lab (3)
Physiology of Exercise (3)
Training Room Techniques (3)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Junior Practicum (0)
Adaptive Physical Education (3)
Evaluations in Physical Education (2)
Strength, Conditioning, & Flexibility (2)
Music Elective (2)
Literature Elective (3)
Secondary School Reading (3)
Bible Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18


Basic Swimming (0)
Bible Doctrine 1 or 2 (3)

Total Credits: 3

Semester 1

Education Seminar (0)
Pre-ST Portfolio Review (0)
Classroom Management (3)
Methods of Teaching Physical Education (3)
Human Relations (3)
Educational Psychology (3)
School Health Programs (2)
Nutrition (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Student Teaching (12)

Total Credits: 12

Related Majors

Science Education
Humanities: Applied Science
Sport Management

Related Minors

Sport Management
Learning Disabilities

Potential Career Fields

Elementary/secondary coach
College coach
Recreational sports director
Physical Education teacher
Athletic director

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Keith Salscheider – Faculty

School of Business | Assistant Professor
MS Athletic Administration, Edgewood College
BA Sport Management, St. Cloud State University

Jeffrey Pill

School of Education | Assistant Professor
MSS (Sport Science), United States Sports Academy
BS Elementary and Middle School Education, Gordon College

Gary Garrison

School of Education | Associate Professor
MSE Health/Human Performance and Recreation, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
MS Physical Education, University of West Florida
BS Physical Education, Olivet Nazarene University

Christine Lincoln

School of Education | Professor
EdD Curriculum and Instruction, Bob Jones University
MEd Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
BS Elementary Education, Maranatha Baptist University

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