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Prerequisites for Physical Education Teaching/Coaching

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Do you like sports, exercising, or helping people live a healthy lifestyle? The Physical Education Teaching/Coaching major could be for you. There are three prerequisite courses required: NDFS 100 (Essentials of Human Nutrition), PETE 227 (Fitness for Life), and SFL 210 (Human Development). Each of these classes are interesting, informative, and essential for the PETE major! If you are a PETE pre-major, we hope this makes you feel a little more prepared for the classes you will take and excited about your career in physical education.

NDFS 100- Essentials of Human Nutrition

This is a 3.0 credit class that focuses on using scientific principles to evaluate nutrition information of food. You will learn about different nutrients and the major food sources that provide them. This class takes a close look at the scientific method and interpreting credible nutrition facts. You will be able to apply the principles in this class for you now and the future kids you teach!

PETE 227- Fitness for Life

This is a 1.0 credit class that examines exercise and evaluates your own personal fitness habits. You take a deeper look at different exercises and their benefits for the body and mind. There are five fitness components you will study: cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and body composition/weight management.

Lastly, this 3.0 credit class focuses on the different aspects of human development (physical, cognitive, social, and emotional), and how to apply this knowledge to benefit your students. You will learn about the different theorists and theories pertaining to human development, and how their findings apply to our lives now (i.e. Pavlov and the salivating dog, Dwight and the office startup sound). Most importantly, this class gives you the ability to learn about foundational principles that will help you in the classroom.

As you can see, each of the subject matters in these courses are important to your success as a Physical Education teacher. They prepare you for your future classes, practicum, and experiences in the classroom! While you're here, check out our other prerequisite blog posts for the other majors in the McKay school!

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