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Exercise and Sport Science

Major / Minor Requirements

Programs

College Physical Education/Fitness
Major in Exercise and Sport Science
Major in Athletic Training
Coursework leading to physical education teaching license (K-12)
Minor in School Health Education leading to teaching license (K-12) (Certification 910)
Athletic Coaching Certification Program
Physical Education/Special Education Certification

The Exercise and Sport Science Department offers majors in Exercise and Sport Science and Athletic Training.

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 seven-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.

Exercise and Sport Science

44 credits 

EXS 1010 Foundations of Exercise and Sport (3 cr.)
EXS 1051 Theory and Practice of Individual Sports I (1 cr.)
EXS 1052 Theory and Practice of Individual Sports II (1 cr.) 
EXS 1061 Theory and Practice of Team Sports I (1 cr.)
EXS 1062 Theory and Practice of Team Sports II (1 cr.)
EXS 1071 Teaching and Practice of Dance and Gymnastics (1 cr.)
EXS 1072 Water Safety Instruction (1 cr.)
EXS 2180 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
EXS 2200 Nutrition for Health and Performance (3 cr.)
EXS 2300 Applied Principles of Strength Training (3 cr.)
EXS 2620 Adapted Physical Education and Sport (3 cr.)
EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education: Principles of Movement (4 cr.)
EXS 3010 Tests and Measurement in Exercise and Sport Science (4 cr.)
EXS 3030 Sport and Recreation Management (4 cr.)
EXS 3070 Applied Exercise Anatomy and Biomechanics (4 cr.)
EXS 4050 Physiology of Exercise (4 cr.)

Senior Thesis:
EDU 4900 Student Teaching (12 cr.) or EXS 4900 Field Placement in Exercise and Sport Science (4 cr.)

Physical Education Teaching Certification (K-12 Licensure)

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 complete the following:

  • Complete all courses in the Exercise and Sport Science major.
  • 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. 
  • 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 related to acceptance into the Teacher Education and Student Teaching 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 (54 credits):

EDU 1010 Education and Society (4 cr.)
EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 cr.)
EXS 2700 Elementary Physical Education: Principles of Movement (4 cr.)
EDU 2050 Teaching and Supporting Learners with Diverse Characteristics and Needs (4 cr.)
EDU 3520 Developmental and Content Area Reading (4 cr.)
EDU 3900 Junior Thesis Seminar (2 cr.)
EXS 4200 Methods and Materials of Teaching Physical Education (4 cr.)
EDU 4900 Student Teaching Seminar (12 cr.)
BIO 1040 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)
HIS 1000 Issues in American History (4 cr.)
* Any appropriate physical science (4 credits)
* Any appropriate social science course (4 credits)
* Contact the Education Department for a list of appropriate courses.

Certification 860 Adaptive Physical Education (73 credits)

Students seeking this certification must complete the coursework for a major in Exercise and Sport Science, including EXS 2620 Adapted Physical Education and Sport. Additional coursework for the certification includes:

EDU 1010 Education and Society (4 cr.)
EDU 2010 Educational Psychology and Assessment (4 cr.)
EDU 2050 Teaching and Supporting Learners with Diverse Characteristics and Needs (4 cr.)
EDU 3520 Developmental and Content Area Reading (4 cr.)
EDU 3900 Junior Thesis Seminar (2 cr.)
EXS 4200 Methods and 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 Specially Designed Physical Education (4 credits), 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 (or waiver), and complete student teaching.

Required courses for the School Health Certification (910-Health):

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

Athletic Coaching Certification Program

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:

  • Exercise and Sport Science major pursuing Physical Education, K-12 Licensure. Most of the course work is part of the major. If the student receives their teaching licensure, they 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 their teaching licensure, they also will receive a coaching certification recognition on their student transcript.

  • 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 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 and Physiology (4 cr.)
EXS 2300 Applied Principles of Strength Training (3 cr.)
EXS 3030 Sport and Recreation Management (4 cr.)
EXS 3070 Applied Exercise Anatomy and Biomechanics (4 cr.)
EXS 4050 Physiology of Exercise (4 cr.) 
EXS 2180 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2 cr.)
EXS 4020 Theory and Practice of Coaching (4 cr.)

Honors in the Major

Please see the 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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