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Physical Education Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Physical Education Major.

Courses Credits  
EDU 101 Introduction to Educational Practice 3 Info

This course prepares the candidate for admission to Teacher Education. Course content includes the characteristics of the Greenville College Teacher Education Program, a survey of the legal, social and ethical issues involved in public school education, an introduction to Live Text and program portfolio development, and a correlation of psychological principles to varied learning styles and milieus. This course is conducted on campus and includes 70 hours of field experience in school settings that have a large minority population. This course will give students the opportunity to determine whether they want to persist in the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester for transfer students and students with special needs by permission of instructor, and offered every Interterm for freshmen.)

HPR 107 Skill Lab: Football, Soccer, Volleyball 1 Info

An understanding and practice of the basic sports skills. For physical education and recreation majors only; may be taken in place of general education activity requirement.

HPR 108 Skill Lab: Basketball, Softball, Track 1 Info

An understanding and practice of the basic sports skills. For physical education and recreation majors only; may be taken in place of general education activity requirement.

HPR 121 History and Philosophy of HPR 2 Info

Introduces students to broad program and career opportunities involving sports, fitness, physical education, and recreational activities. Includes historical and contemporary view of physical education, principles, aims, and objectives, with a view toward the development of a basic philosophy of physical education.

EDU 202 Cultural Awareness in the Classroom 3 (CC) Info

The purpose of this course is to explore race and poverty issues that impact the classroom environment. Candidates will search for effective strategies to better meet the needs of underserved populations. The hidden rules of economic class and characteristics of generational poverty will be studied, with emphasis on the impact this has on instruction. Students spend 40 hours assisting in a classroom which serves a high minority and low socioeconomic population. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Except for those students completing the requirements for the elementary education major, this course also fulfills the general education sociology requirement. Students who take EDU 202 and then change to a non-education major will need to take a course with a SOC prefix to graduate.

PSY 206 Adolescent Development 3 Info

The transitional years of human development from puberty to early adulthood form the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed upon the developmental tasks and choices through which adolescents develop mastery and a sense of self-competence.

HPR 207 Skill Lab: Golf, Badminton, Tumbling 1 Info

An understanding and practice of the basic sports skills. For physical education and recreation majors only; may be taken in place of general education activity requirement.

HPR 208 Skill Lab: Rhythms, Swimming, Tennis 1 Info

An understanding and practice of the basic sports skills. For physical education and recreation majors only; may be taken in place of general education activity requirement.

HPR 215 Strategies of HPR 2 Info

Designed for students preparing for teaching careers in physical education or coaching. The course presents systematic approaches to psychomotor learning, performance, instruction, and evaluation. Methods of classroom management are also addressed.

HPR 220-226 Coaching Classes 1 (each) Info

Skill analysis, strategy, and teaching progression in Football (220), Soccer (221), Volleyball (222), Basketball (223), Baseball/Softball (224), Track and Field (226). (220-221 offered fall semester of odd calendar years; 222 and 226 offered fall semester of even calendar years; 223-224 offered spring semester of even calendar years.)

HPR 236 Theory and Technique of Individual Sports 3 Info

Skill analysis, strategy, and teaching progression in badminton, bowling, golf, tennis, and other individual sports.

BIOL 245 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Info

This course is designed to deal with all the human body systems as to structure and function. Material covered is intended for those planning to teach biology in high school or enter the allied health professions, and to meet the needs of students majoring in physical education. Required of all physical education majors and biology majors in secondary education. (Two lectures and two hour labs per week.)

HPR 254 Elementary School Physical Education 2 Info

Curriculum, evaluation, administration, and an understanding of child characteristics as related to motor learning.

EDU 280 Exceptional Child 3 Info

A study of children whose intellectual, physical, or emotional development deviates from the norm and of techniques to modify school programming to accommodate them. Focus is on the identification of exceptionalities and creating appropriate teaching/learning strategies. The legal basis for the education of exceptional children, as well as the historical and social foundations of special education, is studied. Thirty hours of field experience required.

HPR 301 Physiology of Exercise 4 Info

A study of the general effects of exercise on specific body systems and organs. The course also provides the student with the fundamental knowledge of exercise physiology and how it applies to the practical problems that occur on the athletic field or in the gymnasium.

HPR 311 Kinesiology 2 Info

A study of human motion as related to scientific muscle and joint actions involved in motor skills and exercise as it affects the human organism.

EDU 316 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 Info

Emphasis is on teaching reading and writing in content areas from grades 6 through 12. Relationships between reading, literacy, and writing within content areas are established and ways of meeting the needs of culturally diverse and dysfunctional students are explored. Candidates design appropriate learning experiences and apply reading-study skills to the content areas. Field experiences required. Cross listed with ENG 316.

HPR 320 Curriculum and Evaluation of Health and Physical Education 3 Info

Curriculum, evaluation, administration, and an understanding of adolescent characteristics as related to motor learning in the secondary school physical education programs.

HPR 325 Psychology of Coaching 2 Info

A study of motivational, discipline, cultural problems, coach and player personalities, and other individual and team aspects of coaching the modern player. The culmination of the course is the development of a personal coaching philosophy.

HPR 326 Administration of Physical Education and Athletics (6-12) 2 Info

A study of administration of athletics and physical education as it pertains to budget, liability, policy making, public relations, facility management, and other administrative responsibilities.

EDU 333 The Learning Environment 3 Info

The application of learning theory to the management of both exceptional and regular school populations. Field experiences required.

PHED 335 Athletic Training and CPR 3 Info

Lecture and laboratory experiences in the care and prevention of athletic injuries. The latest cardiopulmonary resuscitation methods and techniques are presented with practical application.

EDU 342 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction 3 (WI) Info

A study of social and philosophical assumptions related to curricula, materials, and methods of instruction pertinent to middle school students. Focus is on organizing classes, making curricular decisions, determining methods and selecting learning resources. Field experiences required.

HPR 356 Adapted Phsyical Education 3 Info

Designed to provide prospective teachers with experience in formulating individualized performance objectives, key teaching and therapy skills, and programming for specific problems in organization and administration of students with disabilities. Provides a brief review of the legislative and history of adapted physical education.

EDU 400 Early Experience 1 Info

After admission to the professional internship, candidates receive student teaching placements. Candidates work with their cooperating teachers during the first week of school. Five days of clinical experience required.

HPR 410 Seminar in Health 2 (WI) Info

Designed to assist students in locating, interpreting, synthesizing, and presenting research based information. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

EDU 421 Secondary Student Teaching 7* or 15 Info

Full semester of student teaching required for secondary education majors.
*K-12 physical education majors are required to complete eight weeks of student teaching in conjunction with EDU 424.

EDU 424 Elementary Physical Education Student Teaching 7 Info

For candidates completing the K-12 specialist program in physical education. The assignment will be for six credits, for eight weeks.