Ithaca College

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Physical Education Courses

Note: Coaching seminars and professional skill courses are identified by course number and title only.

PHED-10100 Teaching Strategies in Physical Education NLA

Introduces students to basic pedagogical skills relative to the successful teaching of physical education in a school setting. Topics include, but are not limited to, lesson planning, voice projection, physical movement in the teaching area, and effective transitions. The use of videotaped mini-lessons throughout the semester will encourage students to practice these teaching techniques, as well as to develop reflective and analytical skills in relation to their teaching. For physical education and health and physical education majors/coaching minors. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20200 Teaching Goal-Oriented Games in Physical
Education NLA

This course introduces students to a tactical model/approach to higher-level games play, focusing specifically on the offensive and defensive strategies and skills common to goal-oriented games (e.g. soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball, handball, etc.). Corequisites: PHED-23000. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20400 Teaching Net/Wall Games in Physical Education NLA

Introduces students to a tactical model/approach to higher-level games play, focusing specifically on the offensive and defensive strategies and skills common to net/wall games (e.g. volleyball, tennis, racquetball, paddleball, etc.). Corequisites: PHED-23000. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20500 Teaching Target and Fielding Games in Physical Education NLA

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a tactical approach to higher-level games play, focusing specifically on the offensive and defensive strategies of target and fielding games (e.g., softball, baseball, archery, golf, bowling). Corequisites: PHED-20600. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20600 Teaching Fundamental Skills and Games in Elementary Physical Education NLA

This course offers a developmental perspective to the teaching of motor skills in the K-6 school physical education curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding and development of these skills as a basis for future dance, recreational, fitness, and gymnastics activities, with special focus placed on their role in the development of games play. Laboratory situations provide for practical application of skills and games concepts. Prerequisites: PHED-15200. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20700 Teaching Outdoor Pursuits and Contemporary Activities NLA

This course serves as an introductory undergraduate course to acquaint students with content-related information for outdoor pursuits and adventure theory. This course prepares undergraduate students to teach adventure education in elementary and secondary physical education programs. Students will learn to use and implement a wide variety of outdoor equipment, as well as proper outdoor ethics. Depending on the season and semester taken, emphasis may be placed on the acquisition of basic rock climbing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, challenge course facilitation, and/or backcountry travel technique for different age groups and diverse populations. Prerequisites: HLTH-15200. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-20800 Teaching Individual Activities in Physical
Education NLA

Introduces students to the basic principles involved in the planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of individual activities taught as part of the secondary physical education curriculum. Activities include, but are not limited to, yoga, wrestling, personal defense, fencing, track/field, etc. Corequisites: PHED-23000. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-21200 Motor Skill Development NLA

Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories and principles related to the motor, cognitive, and affective development of humans throughout the life span, with emphasis on children and adolescents. Detailed analysis of fundamental movement skills and their relationship to effective, developmentally appropriate movement programs will be explored. Students will demonstrate critical analysis of movement programs and compare and contrast them with best practice. Laboratory experiences involving children and adolescents in school settings will allow students to observe the skills and theories in real-life situations. Prerequisites: HLTH-15200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-23000 Teaching Movement Concepts in the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum NLA

Prepares future elementary school physical education teachers to select, plan, and implement developmentally appropriate activities. This course introduces students to the "skill theme approach" for teaching children physical education, with an emphasis on the development of movement concepts and their application and importance in helping students develop their movement skills and achieve the National Standards in Physical Education. Emphasis is on an applied understanding of how and what to teach; practical lab experiences are included in the course. Prerequisites: PHED-10100; PHED-21200. Corequisites: PHED-20600. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-23400 Fitness Applications for Health Promotion NLA

Incorporates basic kinesiological, biomechanical, and physiological principles and concepts with practical applications for physical activity, health-related fitness, and health promotion. Clinical procedures include body composition measurement, submaximal oxygen uptake testing, assessing blood pressure, calculating body mass indexes, and cholesterol screening. A major emphasis is the assessment of health-related fitness and the prescription of various types of physical activities for children, adolescents, and adults. Prerequisites: EXSS-12000; EXSS-12100. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-23500 Teaching Fitness in Physical Education NLA

Introduces students to the teaching and assessment of fitness concepts to children in the K-12 school setting. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, teaching, and assessment of the components of physiological aspects of fitness to children. Topics include the contemporary goals of and background to fitness education, developmentally and instructionally appropriate principles for teaching and assessing fitness, the use of technology in the instruction and assessment of fitness, using various testing batteries, the reporting of fitness results, and the use of goal setting as a motivational tool for improving one's fitness. This course will allow students to become nationally certified as a physical best health-fitness specialist. Corequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in PHED-23400. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

PHED-25500 Philosophy and Principles of Coaching NLA

The philosophy and principles of coaching young athletes. Emphasis is placed on development of a coaching philosophy through critical examination of issues relating to coaching. Coaching responsibilities, developmental characteristics of children and youth, and their implications for the conduct of athletic programs, instructional and administrative methods, effective design and conduct of practices, and enhancement of contest performance are also discussed. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-33000 Adapted Physical Education and Sport NLA

Provides students with an understanding of individuals with disabilities. Students learn to adapt physical education activities to meet the abilities of an individual with special needs in order to provide a safe and successful learning experience. Topics addressed include, but are not limited to, philosophical approaches to teaching students with disabilities, legislation affecting the adapted physical education program, the process of identifying students with disabilities in the public school system, and development of the individual education plan. Laboratory experiences include working weekly with students with disabilities in an aquatics program. Prerequisites: PHED-20600; PHED-21200. Corequisites: PHED-33200 or PHED-33300. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-33200 Curriculum and Methods in Elementary School Physical Education NLA

Provides students with practical guidelines for the development and assessment of contemporary elementary physical education programs. Pedagogical skills and strategies for successful teaching as they pertain to elementary school teaching situations are also emphasized. Developmentally appropriate physical education content using a movement framework (movement concepts and skill themes) serves as the basis for the course, which involves practicum teaching experiences in local elementary schools. Prerequisites: PSYC-21010; PHED-23000; junior or senior standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-33300 Curriculum and Methods in Secondary School
Physical Education NLA

Analysis of the program of physical education in secondary schools; criteria for the selection and grade placement of activities; consideration of methods and teaching techniques; and problems relating to program planning, time allotment, administration of facilities, and program evaluation. Observation and teaching of secondary physical education classes in the Ithaca school system, as well as micro-peer teaching on campus. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; PSYC-21010. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-34900 Fieldwork in Physical Education NLA

Practical experience in public, voluntary, or commercial agencies or businesses providing various types of physical education, sports-related activities, or services. Prerequisites: Major or minor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education or the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences; junior standing or above; permission of department chair. 1-6 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-39900-PHED-39999 Selected Topics in Physical Education LA/NLA

Topics of current interest to faculty and students. Experimental courses are offered under this course number and title. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

PHED-43900 Tests and Measurement in Physical Education NLA

Prepares students to assess student learning in a K-12 physical education setting. Through a combination of lectures, labs, discussions, and field-based activities, opportunities are provided to understand and apply current educational testing and evaluation procedures. Course content includes study of the criteria for selection of tests, application of statistical procedures, construction and analysis of assessment tools, procedures for classification and grading of students, and program assessment techniques. Credit will not be given for both this course and HLTH-43900. Prerequisites: PHED-33200, PHED-33300, or HLTH-36000. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-44000 Organization and Administration of Physical
Education and Athletics NLA

Policies and procedures in the organization and administration of physical education and athletics in the public school setting. Directed discussions and investigation of the nature and scope of administrative responsibilities in programs of physical education and athletics. Prerequisites: PHED-33200, PHED-33300, or senior standing in athletic training/exercise science. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-44100 Student Teaching in Physical Education NLA

Observation and supervised student teaching. Assignment to approved, cooperating schools full-time for one semester in the senior year. Experience in classroom observation, participation, teaching, coaching, and intramural and noon-hour supervision. Individual conferences with Ithaca College coordinators of field experiences. Required of all students preparing to teach physical education in elementary or secondary school. Prerequisites: Current American Red Cross CPR and first aid card; PSYC-21010; PHED-33200; PHED-33300; TCED-34000. 10 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-44500 Student Teaching in Physical Education (dual major) NLA

Observation and supervised student teaching. Assignment to approved public schools full-time for a half semester in the senior year. Experience in structured observation, classroom assisting, and direct instruction; additional experience in planning, conferencing, and related school duties outside regular class periods. Individual conferences are held with Ithaca College supervisors of field experiences. Required of all dual health education and physical education majors. Prerequisites: Current American Red Cross CPR and first aid card; PSYC-21010; PHED-33200; PHED-33300; TCED-34000. 5 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-44800 Professional Seminar NLA

A field course to be taken in conjunction with PHED-44100 Student Teaching in Physical Education. Examines current trends and developments in teaching and extracurricular activities, as well as situations identified in student teaching. Special interest speakers. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-45000-PHED-45099 Independent Study in Physical Education LA

Individual study program for investigation of special problems in the field of physical education. Written report required. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PHED-46000 Internship in Physical Education NLA

Supervised work experience in a sports-related service agency or business during the summer or the regular academic year. Prerequisites: Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA; junior standing or above; current American Red Cross CPR and first aid card; permission of the instructor and department chair. 6-12 credits. (F-S,Sum,Y)

Independent Study

PHED-42000-PHED-42099 Independent Study in Sport Skills NLA

Prerequisites: Major or minor in Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education; PHED-33200 or PHED-33300; permission of department chair. 0.5-1.0 credits. (F-S,Y)

Coaching Seminars

Courses designed to develop competence in areas directly related to athletic coaching. Topics include principles of coaching and training (e.g., philosophy of coaching, skill development, offensive and defensive strategy, physical conditioning), administration of athletics, public relations, and current research in athletics. Prerequisites: Previous undergraduate skill course or team experience in the sport. 1 credit each.


Field Hockey (F,E) NLA


Swimming (F,E) NLA


Track and Field (S,Y) NLA


Soccer (F,Y) NLA


Wrestling (S,Y) NLA


Lacrosse (S,Y) NLA


Volleyball (F,Y) NLA


Gymnastics (S,Y) NLA


Softball (S,Y) NLA


Football (F,Y) NLA


Basketball (F,Y) NLA


Baseball (S,Y) NLA