Physical Education


As a Physical Education major, you’ll learn the science and theory behind teaching and coaching in the K-12 schools, so you can teach today’s students the joy of being active, and the importance of developing physical activity skills that will last a lifetime. When combined with a strength and conditioning emphasis, this major will also give you an understanding of physical training methods necessary to enhance athletic performance.

  • Learn to keep young people active as you develop your teaching style through experiences in local public schools and TCU laboratory schools.
  • Learn the fundamentals of human movement, then reinforce that knowledge in the field, by observing physical education classes in local schools and completing a semester of student-teaching.
  • Earn a teaching certification that will allow you to teach physical education grades K-12 and coach at the middle/high school levels.

Course Examples by Year


Introduction to Kinesiology
Anatomical Kinesiology
Elementary Methods


Physical Activity and Disability
Sports Injury
Individual and Dual Sports


Sport Psychology or Exercise Psychology
Motor Development
Team and Group Sports
Motor Behavior
Education Courses


Exercise Physiology
Secondary Methods P.E.
Outdoor Education Methods
Education Courses

Where Graduates Go

Physical Education graduates are prepared to begin teaching and/or coaching after they graduate with physical education K-12 certification, and some will pursue graduate study in pedagogy, sport psychology, sport administration, educational administration, or counseling. The strength and conditioning emphasis will give you an additional coaching credential to use in the high schools.