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Exercise and Sport Science

Major / Minor Requirements


College Physical Education/Fitness
Major in Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction
Major in Athletic Training
Coursework leading to physical education teaching license (K-12)
Minor in School Health Education leading to teaching license (K-12)
Athletic Coaching Certification Program

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.

Fitness Requirement

All students pursuing graduation are required to participate in and pass two physical education experiences within the Exercise and Sport Science Department. The first is EXS 0010 Concepts of Physical Fitness (1 credit). This is a 7-week lecture/laboratory experience that presents basic knowledge and methods relevant to maintaining and developing good health, fitness, and overall wellness. The P.E. experiences are graded S/U. 

In addition, upon completion of the above course, all students are required to take a seven-week course in a lifetime or fitness activity.

Physical Education, Sport & Fitness Instruction Major 

43 credits 

EXS 1010 Foundations of Exercise & Sport (3 cr.)
EXS 1051 Theory & Practice of Individual Sports I (1 cr.)
EXS 1052 Theory & Practice of Individual Sports II (1 cr.) 
EXS 1061 Theory & Practice of Team Sports I (1 cr.)
EXS 1062 Theory & Practice of Team Sports II (1 cr.)
EXS 2010 Swimming for Majors (WSI certification) (2 cr.)
EXS 2110 First Aid & Safety (1 cr.)
EXS 2180 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 cr.)
EXS 2620 Specially Designed Physical Education (3 cr.)
EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education/Principles of Movement (4 cr.)
EXS 2750 Theory & Practice of Rhythm, Dance & Gymnastics (4 cr.)
EXS 3010 Tests & Measurements in EXS (4 cr.)
EXS 3070 Kinesiology (4 cr.)
EXS 4050 Physiology of Exercise (4 cr.)

Senior Thesis:
EDU 4900 Student Teaching (12 cr.)
EXS 3500 Field Placement in Recreation, Sport and Fitness Instruction (4 cr.)

Physical Education Teaching Certification (K-12 Licensure)

A student who intends to teach physical education in a school setting can obtain grades K-12 licensure from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction if they complete the following:

  • Complete all courses in the Physical Education, Sport & Fitness Instruction major.
  • Complete all required education courses for the K-12 Physical Education Licensure Program.
  • Pass core test (waived with minimum ACT score of 23 with at least 20 on reading, English, and math or SAT score composite of 1070 with a minimum of 450 in math and verbal)
  • Apply for acceptance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) sophomore year.
  • Pass Praxis II Physical Education Exam
  • Attend required student teaching meeting and apply for acceptance into the Student Teaching Program (STP) junior year.
  • Successfully complete student teaching.
  • Pass the edTPA.

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. Please contact the Education Department for specific requirements to the STP and TEP Programs. Each program has specific requirements and deadlines that the student must meet to earn a physical education teaching license.

Required Education Courses for Physical Education K-12 Licensure:

EDU 1010 Education & Society (4 cr.)
EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 cr.)
EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education/Principles of Movement (4 cr.)
EDU 3050 Teaching and Supporting Learners with Diverse Characteristics and Needs (4 cr.)
EDU 3520 Development & Content Area Reading (4 cr.)
EDU 3900 Junior Thesis Seminar (2 cr.)
EXS 4200 Methods & Materials of Teaching Physical Education (4 cr.)
EDU 4900 Student Teaching Seminar (12 cr.)
BIO 1040 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4 cr.)
HIS 1000 Issues in American History (4 cr.)
* Any appropriate physical science
* Any appropriate social science course
* Contact the Education Department for a list of appropriate courses.

Certification 860 Physical Education/Special Education

Students seeking this certification must complete the coursework for a major in physical education, sport and fitness instruction, including EXS 2620 Adaptive Aspects of Exercise and Sport Science. Additional coursework for the certification includes:

EDU 1010 Education & Society (4 cr.)
EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 cr.)
EDU 3050 Teaching and Supporting Learners with Diverse Characteristics and Needs (4 cr.)
EDU 3520 Development & Content Area Reading (4 cr.)
EDU 3900 Junior Thesis Seminar (2 cr.)
EXS 4200 Methods & Materials of Teaching Physical Education (4 cr.)
PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent (4 cr.)
These courses must be completed prior to taking EXS 3520 Field Placement in Adaptive Physical Education, the required capstone class.

The Health Minor

Students who earn a K-12 certification in physical education and wish to teach health education in the school setting need to complete the following course work for a health minor, pass the Praxis II health exam, and complete student teaching.

Required courses for the School Health Certification:

EXS 1080 Introduction to Health & Wellness Education (3 cr.)
EXS 2150 Nutrition Education (2 cr.)
EXS 2270 Consumer Health Issues (2 cr.)
EXS 2500 Comprehensive School Health Programming (2 cr.)
EXS 2810 Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Education (2 cr.)
EXS 3090 Sexuality Education (2 cr.)
EXS 3110 Personal & Community Health (3 cr.)
EXS 3120 Issues in Emotional and Mental Health (2 cr.)
EXS 4210 Methods & Materials of Teaching Health (3 cr.)

Athletic Coaching Certification Program

21 credits

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

  • Physical Education, Sport & Fitness Instruction major pursuing Physical Education, K-12 Licensure. Most of the course work is part of the major. If the student receives his or her teaching licensure, he/she also will receive a coaching certification recognition on their student transcript.

  • Education majors who will be licensed in a subject area. If the student receives his/her teaching licensure, he/she also will receive a coaching certification recognition on their student transcript.

  • A non-education major or a Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction 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 EXS Department Chair will have the following statement placed on their transcripts: “This student has completed the coursework for coaching certification required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.”

The following coursework is required:

BIO 1040 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4 cr.)
EXS 3030 Sport and Recreation Management (4 cr.)
EXS 3070 Kinesiology (4 cr.)
EXS 4050 Physiology of Exercise (4 cr.) 
EXS 2180 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
EXS 2110 First Aid & Safety (2 cr.)
EXS 4020 Theory and Practice of Coaching (4 cr.)

Honors in the Major

Please see department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Current students, remember: 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.

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