Carthage offers a variety of programs, including those leading to teaching licensure or certifications.

Students majoring in exercise and sport science must select either a health and human performance concentration or a physical education concentration. In addition to required core courses for the major, students must also take the required courses for their concentration to complete their degree.

Core Requirements (20 credits)
  • EXS 1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science (2 credits)
  • EXS 1020 Instructional Methods for Individual and Group Activities (4 credits)
  • EXS 2200 Nutrition for Health and Performance (3 credits)
  • EXS 2300 Applied Principles of Strength Training (3 credits)
  • EXS 3070 Applied Exercise Anatomy and Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • EXS 3080 Physiology of Exercise (4 credits)
Required Courses (24 credits)
  • EXS 2020 Psychology of Health and Performance (4 credits)
  • EXS 3030 Sport and Rec Management (4 credits)
  • EXS 3110 Personal and Community Health (4 credits)
  • EXS 4040 Exercise Prescription (4 credits)
  • EXS 4900 Field Placement in Exercise and Sport Science — Senior Thesis (4 credits)
  • NSG 2330 Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services (4 credits)
Choose One (4 credits)
  • EXS 3210 Advanced Techniques in Training and Conditioning (4 credits)
  • EXS 4020 Theory and Practice of Coaching (4 credits)
Choose One (4 credits)
  • BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I (4 credits)
Required Courses (32 credits)
  • EXS 2620 Adapted Physical Education and Sport (4 credits)
  • EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education, Principles of Movement (4 credits)
  • EXS 3520 Field Placement in Specially Designed Physical Education (4 credits)
  • EXS 4060 Fitness Education (4 credits)
  • EXS 4070 Assessment in Physical Education (4 credits)
  • EDU 4900 Student Teaching (12 credits) *counts as Senior Thesis
Choose One (4 credits)
  • BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • BIO 2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I (4 credits)

Students who intend to teach physical education in a school setting can obtain grades K-12 licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction if they do the following:

  • Complete all courses in the exercise and sport science major with physical education concentration.
  • Complete all required education courses for the K-12 Physical Education Licensure Program (secondary education minor).
  • Apply for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) sophomore year. Please contact the Education Department for specific requirements and deadlines.
  • Apply for acceptance into the Student Teaching Program (STP) junior year. Please contact the Education Department for specific requirements and deadlines.
  • Successfully complete student teaching.

To be eligible for student teaching, students must complete pre-student teaching clinical experiences that are developmental in scope and sequence and will occur in a variety of settings with a balance of observation at the elementary, middle, and secondary level. To meet the clinical experience requirements, students must register and successfully complete an education course requiring a pre-student teaching clinical experience.

Required Education Courses
  • EDU 1010 Education and Society (4 credits)
  • EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 credits)
  • EDU 2050 Teaching and Supporting Learners with Diverse Characteristics and Needs (4 credits)
  • EDU 3520 Developmental and Content Area Reading (4 credits)
  • EDU 4900 Student Teaching Seminar (12 credits)
  • EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education: Principles of Movement (4 credits)
  • EXS 4200 Methods and Materials of Teaching Physical Education (4 credits)
  • BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • HIS 1000 Issues in American History (4 credits)
  • Any appropriate* physical science course (4 credits)
  • Any appropriate* social science course (4 credits)

* Contact the Education Department for a list of appropriate courses.

Students seeking Certification 860 (Adaptive Physical Education) must complete:

  • All courses in the Exercise and Sport Science major.
  • All required courses for the Secondary Education minor
  • PYC 2850* Child and Adolescent Development (4 credits)
  • EXS 3520 Field Placement in Specially Designed Physical Education (4 credits)

* PYC 2850 must be completed before taking EXS 3520 Field Placement in Specially Designed Physical Education, the required capstone class.

Students who earn a K-12 certification in physical education and wish to teach health education in the school setting need to complete this coursework for a health minor, pass the Praxis II health exam (or waiver), and complete student teaching:

Required Courses for Minor and School Health Certification 910 (24 credits)
  • EXS 1080 Introduction to Health and Wellness Education (3 credits)
  • EXS 2200 Nutrition for Health and Performance (3 credits)
  • EXS 2270 Consumer Health Issues (2 credits)
  • EXS 2500 Comprehensive School Health Programming (2 credits)
  • EXS 2810 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Education (2 credits)
  • EXS 3090 Sexuality Education (2 credits)
  • EXS 3110 Personal and Community Health (4 credits)
  • EXS 3120 Issues in Emotional and Mental Health (2 credits)
  • EXS 4210 Methods and Materials of Teaching Health Education (4 credits)

This program is very desirable for students who intend to coach athletic teams in a public or private school setting. It will assist students from three distinct academic areas:

  • Exercise and Sport Science major pursuing Physical Education, K-12 Licensure. Most of the coursework is part of the major. Students who receive teaching licensure also will receive a coaching certification recognition on their transcripts.
  • Education majors who will be licensed in a subject area. Students who receive teaching licensure also will receive a coaching certification recognition on their transcripts.
  • A non-Education major or an Exercise and Sport Science major who does not seek a teaching licensure. These students cannot receive a coaching certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. However, upon request, the EXSS department chair will have the following statement placed on those students’ transcripts: “This student has completed the coursework for coaching certification required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.”
Required Courses for the Athletic Coaching Certification (25 credits)
  • BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • EXS 2180 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 credits)
  • EXS 2300 Applied Principles of Strength Training (3 credits)
  • EXS 3030 Sport and Recreation Management (4 credits)
  • EXS 3070 Applied Exercise Anatomy and Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • EXS 4020 Theory and Practice of Coaching (4 credits)
  • EXS 3080 Physiology of Exercise (4 credits)

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.