Explore a career that enables you to make a difference every day in children’s physical health and well-being.
Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in health and physical education PK-12, prepares you to become a health or physical education teacher. The program also includes a coaching certificate, so you’ll be qualified to coach your favorite sport as well.
Our program emphasizes playing sports and learning how sports can play a positive role and contribute to building the individual character of each student. Our approach is based on Play Practice (Launder & Piltz) and small-sided games, and focuses on the concept that students learn through playing games, not through boring drills.
We also incorporate more tactics, strategies and focus on sportsmanship in our teaching to help develop individuals into better spectators. For some, these small-sided games will be their only competitive sporting experience so it should be fun. We also teach to value each person, part of the Sport Education Model (Siedentop) we incorporate.
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Lack of activity is a key part of the obesity epidemic. Our program teaches you how to make learning enjoyable for your students, and how to engage all students in health and physical education using a focus on games and technology such as pedometers and heart rate monitors.
Through this program, you’ll learn how to:
- incorporate the Virginia Standards and the NASPE standards
- write unit plans and lesson plans
- assess student learning and your effectiveness as a teacher
- measure and assess students’ psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills
- demonstrate the ability to self-reflect
- present in front of large audiences, including conventions
Shenandoah University's College of Arts & Sciences is your direct connection to a classic, broad-based education to satisfy both your intellectual curiosity and career goals. With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, small classes and individualized learning opportunities, we put students at the center of all our decisions and events.
We blend the liberal arts with pre-professional courses and hands-on learning to prepare you for careers in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. You’ll learn through small, engaging classes and relationships with faculty mentors; hone your skills to solve problems; and learn to use creativity and critical thinking to make informed decisions.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Earnings can range from $36,000 to $48,000 depending on the school district you serve.
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
You can complete Shenandoah’s undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in four years. Our small classes and low faculty-student ratios mean you’ll receive individualized attention from experienced faculty mentors. You’ll also work with a partner in your methods courses, and have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in evaluation methods.
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Tutoring has taught me that is it okay to get help in subjects that you are having trouble in. It does not mean that you can't learn the information. I believe that tutoring has helped me more than words can describe. I know that I would not have been able to make it through some of my classes without the help of the tutors at Shenandoah. Kiersten Michel | Kinesiology, '16
Student Teaching and Teacher Licensure
You’ll participate in 75-hour field experiences with each methods class, with placements at the elementary, middle and high school levels in both health and physical education to give you a diverse range of teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have more than 400 hours of classroom teaching time.
Shenandoah’s many partnerships with local schools offer plenty of opportunities to gain valuable experience through work with the disabled population (such as the Special Olympics), testing real students with the latest assessment tools, and helping local schools with festivals, fun runs, and more.
Imagine participating in interesting conversations led by engaging professors who’ve already done what you dream of doing. You’ll be in a small class — the average class size is approximately 12 students — with professors who know your name, care about your success and provide advice as you pursue your academic and career goals.
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Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
All majors within the College of Arts & Sciences require students to complete a minor in the program of their choice at Shenandoah.
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Continue your education by earning a graduate degree:
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Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.