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Exercise Science - Physical Education & Coaching Degree

Education Bachelor’s Degree Program

Students majoring in physical education and coaching learn in a variety of contexts including micro teaching within classrooms in area school districts, and through multiple opportunities to work with those with disabilities within community-based settings and local facilities.

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Why should I earn a physical education and coaching degree?

Personal Development

Enjoy an active career with the opportunity to impact young lives and their communities.

Fresh Perspective

Teach valuable skills and lead young athletes in their development. 

Real-World skills

Enjoy a school-year schedule—in comfortable clothes—while building healthy lifestyles.

What Can I Do With a Physical Education & Coaching Degree

  • Physical education teacher for grades K-12 (with certification)
  • School-level athletic coach
  • Sports facilities management and event planning

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Why study physical education and coaching at BVU?

Reputation

Learn from leaders in the field of education. BVU physical education grads are sought after in Iowa, Minnesota, and nationwide public schools.

Perspective

Add kinesiology/exercise science to your physical education and coaching major for a double major that gives you a broader perspective on sport science.

Experience

BVU students present their findings across the Midwest and network with top educators, often resulting in future employment across the U.S.

Hands-On. High-Achieving.

BVU equips physical education students with the competitive skills, real experience, and high-quality instruction you need to excel as an educator. Our classrooms boast SMART Boards, 3D printers, and other state-of-the-art equipment — providing valuable encounters with education technology — what you need to succeed in today’s modern, rural classrooms.

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NATE BJORKGREN, Class of 1998

Nate Bjorkgren realized a lifelong dream in June when his team, the Toronto Raptors, won the NBA title. This BVU grad made basketball his career as he entered the coaching ranks not long after helping the Beavers secure a conference men’s basketball title. 
Bjorkgren is an assistant coach at Toronto, working under rookie head coach Nick Nurse. 
 

Physical Education & Coaching Degree Courses

  • Major in Exercise Science: Physical Education and Coaching, K-8 and 5-12 (40 Credit Hours)

    The physical education and coaching major specifically allows students to be licensed to teach K-8 and 5-12 physical education and to coach at all grade levels. It is recommended that students with this emphasis complete another teaching endorsement to increase the possibilities of placement.

    • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology
    • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
    • EXSC 181 Lifetime Leisure Activities
    • EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport
    • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
    • EXSC 240 Dance and Rhythms
    • EXSC 251 First Aid
    • EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education
    • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
    • EXSC 351 Motor Learning
    • EXSC 432 Measurement and Evaluation in Kinesiology
    • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport

    2 courses from

    • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
    • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
    • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
    • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
    • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
    • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
    • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country

    Plus requirements under secondary education and education core and

    • EDUC 360 Elementary Health and Physical Education Methods and Field Experience
    • TEAC 412 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Exercise Science

    A minor is strongly recommended.

  • Minor in Exercise Science: Physical Education and Coaching (24 Credit Hours)

    6 credit hours from

    • BIOL 108 Human Reproduction and Development
    • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
    • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
    • PSYC 201 Child Development or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 203 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 239 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 265 Health Psychology
    • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOCI 100 Modern Social Problems
    • SCWK 353 Social Intervention with Families

    Additional certification for non-exercise science majors

    • Select the courses consistent with the level of your teaching endorsement

    K-8 Teaching Licensure

    • EDUC 360 Elementary Health and Physical Education Methods and Field Experience
    • TEAC 412 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Exercise Science

    5-12 Teaching Licensure

    • SEDU 365 Methods of Reading in the Content Areas
    • SEDU 431 Methods of Teaching Secondary Health and Physical Education and Field Experience
    • TEAC 422 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Secondary Exercise Science
  • Minor in Exercise Science/Coaching (24 Credit Hours)

    • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
    • EXSC 351 Motor Learning

    Note: The student must select at least one course from each area below to total 24 credit hours for the coaching minor. Remaining hours to reach 24 must also come from the courses listed below.

    Coaching

    A maximum of two credits will count towards the minor.

    • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
    • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
    • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
    • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
    • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
    • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
    • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country
    • EXSC 494 Internship in Coaching

    Health

    • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
    • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
    • EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
    • EXSC 310 Nutrition

    General

    • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
    • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
    • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • Endorsement: Exercise Science Coaching Authorization/Endorsement (12 Credit Hours)

    This K-12 coaching authorization meets the minimum state requirements for coaching.

    • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
    • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
    • EXSC 217 Theory and Ethics of Coaching
    • EXSC 351 Motor Learning

    1 course from

    • EXSC 210 Coaching Volleyball
    • EXSC 211 Coaching Basketball
    • EXSC 212 Coaching baseball and Softball
    • EXSC 213 Coaching Wrestling
    • EXSC 214 Coaching Soccer
    • EXSC 215 Coaching Football
    • EXSC 216 Coaching Track, Field and Cross Country

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Physical Education and Coaching Faculty

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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