Physical Education Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2013-2014 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at


For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Physical Education with Teaching Certification, the student must complete all general education and professional core course requirements. All courses required for licensure must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Core Requirements

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education may obtain a K-12 Teaching license. Students must complete departmental requirements with a grade of C or higher.

  • 35 hours of the following courses:
    • ATHT 130 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • EDPE 132 Activities for Elementary Physical Education
    • EDPE 133 Dynamics of Health & Nutrition
    • EDPE 230 Coaching & Sport Theory
    • EDPE 232 Elementary Physical Education & Health Methods
    • EDPE 248 Assessment of Human Movement
    • EDPE 249 Anatomical Kinesiology
    • EDPE 337 Adaptive Physical Education
    • One course from EDPE 340 – 347
    • EDPE 440 Secondary Physical Education & Health Methods
    • EDPE 445 Exercise Physiology
    • EDPE 448 Administration of Kinesiological Strategies

Current certification in American First Aid & CPR is required at the start of student teaching. All education majors must pass two Praxis II exit exams with passing scores as determined by the State of Iowa in order to earn licensure.

Professional Education Core Courses

  • Students must complete the following professional education courses:
    • EDUC 100 Introduction to Reflective Teaching
    • EDUC 119 Multicultural Education
    • EDUC 125 Educational Psychology
    • EDUC 200 Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 357 Reading in the Content Area
  • Senior Performance
    • EDUC 465 Student Teaching in Secondary Physical Education
    • EDUC 466 Student Teaching in Elementary Physical Education
    • EDUC 499 Education Capstone


Health Endorsement (24 hours)

  • EDPE 110 Community Health
  • EDPE 210 Consumer Health Concepts
  • EDPE 220 Substance Abuse
  • PSYC 305 Marriage & the Family
  • EDPE 310 Mental & Emotional Wellness
  • PSYC 121 Child & Adolescent Development
  • ATHT 130 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • ATHT 133 Health & Nutrition

Coaching Endorsement (14 hours)

  • BIOL 102 – Biology of the Human Body or equivalent
  • PSYC 121 Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDPE 120 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries for Coaches
  • EDPE 230 Coaching and Sport Theory
  • One course from the sequence EDPE 340-347


  • Founder's Society
  • CU Registration General
  • Adult Studies