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PE Activity Courses


PE Activity Courses (Majors/Minors Only)

PE 1100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

The purpose of this course is to provide student majors an introductory course in teaching methods and concepts of health-related fitness. It will include physical education programs, multi-training and conditioning group exercise programs, and individual fitness programs for a variety of age groups. Students will be exposed to a variety of equipment, classroom and physical activity ideas, and current trends in the field. Students will participate in the conduction of physical fitness tests for aerobic power, body composition, flexibility, and muscular strength and endurance. Students have an opportunity to design and implement a lesson plan involving the exercise prescription for physical fitness development or athletic conditioning or skill development.

PE 1225 Water Safety Instructor

The purpose of this class is to meet the American Red Cross standards that will enable the student to successfully pass the national certification exam. The first certificate will be “Fundamentals in Teaching” which is a prerequisite to the second, “Water Safety Instructor” portion of the course.

The student needs to be proficient in all of the basic strokes; Crawl or Free Style, Breast Stroke, Back Crawl, Side Stroke and Elementary Back Stroke. They need to be comfortable with the Butterfly and be able to pick up the Over Arm Side Stroke, the Trudgen and the Double Trudgen. There is much role-playing and practice teaching in this class. There are components covering infant and pre-school children, how to adapt swimming classes to the needs of the special population student, and safety practices in and around a pool environment. Health related fitness components will be emphasized throughout the course. Upon completion of this course the student will have two certifications and will be able to be hired as a swimming instructor.

PE 1128 Aquatic Therapy

The purpose of this class is to provide instruction in the basic principles and concepts of aquatic therapy. Swimming ability is not absolutely necessary, but recommended. The course will cover aquatic emergency management, in the form of the American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue certification. Range of Motion exercise principles are introduced as part of the American Arthritis Foundation’s Aquatic Exercise Leader certification and American Red Cross CPR/AED for the professional rescuer certification. All of the certifications are nationally recognized and accepted. There is also a segment that covers safety in an aquatic therapy environment and looks at what is necessary to consider when contemplating starting a pool therapy program. This course is offered as part of the core curriculum. It can also be used as an elective (for athletic trainers, therapeutic recreation majors, physical therapists, special education majors and others)

PE 1170A Beginning Badminton

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of badminton. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development and instructional practices, rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, referee skills, skills testing suitable for all levels, and conditioning for badminton. Students will have opportunities to prepare lesson plans and teach drills involving the skills of badminton to their peers. Singles and doubles play will be presented through the course, and this course will let the students assess a good solid foundation of instructing/coaching the game. Upon the completion of the course students will have the confidence and expertise in badminton sufficient to instruct others. This course is often taught for ½ semester combined with ½ semester of tennis.

PE 1171 Beginning Basketball

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of basketball. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development and instructional practices, rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, referee skills, skills testing suitable for all levels, and conditioning for basketball. Students will have opportunities to prepare lesson plans and teach drills involving the skills of basketball to their peers. Upon the completion of the course students will have the confidence and expertise in basketball sufficient to instruct others. This course is often taught for ½ semester combined with ½ semester of volleyball.

PE 1172A Beginning Field Sports (Soccer and Softball)

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of soccer and softball. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development such as dribbling, passing, and shooting in soccer, and throwing, catching, hitting, and fielding in softball. Students will gain a knowledge of instructional practices, rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, referee skills, skills testing suitable for all levels, and conditioning for field sports. Students will have opportunities to prepare lesson plans and teach drills involving the skills of soccer or softball to their peers. By the end of the course students will have the confidence and expertise in soccer and softball to instruct others.

PE 1175A Beginning Jogging and Conditioning

The purpose of this course is to teach student majors how to teach basic fundamentals of jogging and conditioning. This course is an exceptionally good activity for development of cardiovascular endurance and an important catalyst for producing favorable body composition changes. Jogging is a versatile activity, which can be done alone, with a partner or group, is relatively inexpensive, can take place almost anywhere at any time, can be competitive or enjoyed for fun, and requires a minimum amount of equipment. The course will be self-paced for the jogger to meet their specific objectives. Program objectives, will be reflected through the principles of, intensity, duration and frequency. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to teach and articulate the health, safety and sports related benefits of participation in beginning jogging.

PE 1176A Beginning Tennis

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of tennis. The emphasis is on teaching the what, why, and how of tennis and program development for beginners. An introduction to the game of tennis (beginning skill level), including fundamental techniques such as the grip, forehand, backhand, serving, rules, and scoring will be included in this course. Upon the completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate the proper forehand grip, backhand grip, two-handed backhand grip, serve, and the volley. Students will be able to apply the basis rules and scoring of tennis by demonstrating them in match play. This course is often taught for ½ semester combined with ½ semester of badminton.

PE 1177A Beginning Track and Field

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of track and field. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development and instructional practices, rules, terminology, team organization, communication, athlete selection and event-specific conditioning for track and field. Students have an opportunity to prepare a lesson plan and coach a simulated practice involving the skills of a particular track and field event to their peers. Upon the completion of the course students will have the confidence and expertise in track and field to instruct others.

PE 1178A Beginning Volleyball

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of volleyball. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the concepts of skill development and instructional practices, rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, referee skills, skills testing suitable for all levels, and conditioning for volleyball. Students will have opportunities to prepare lesson plans and teach drills involving the skills of volleyball to their peers. By the end of the course students will have the confidence and expertise in volleyball to instruct others. This course is often taught for ½ semester combined with ½ semester of basketball.

PE1179A Beginning Weight Training

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of all forms of resistance training with an emphasis in weight training. This is a “Teach the Instructor” course in beginning weight training. The emphasis is on teaching the what, why, and how of weight training and program development for the beginner. Learning about weight training by trial and error method can be difficult, embarrassing, confusing and dangerous. Weight lifting has a high element of inherent risk. As Physical Educators, Coaches and Athletic Trainers, it is imperative that students receive correct instruction in safety, technique and program design. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the variety of exercises for different muscle groups. Also articulate the health and sports related benefits of participation in weight training and teach all of the basic exercises taught in this class. Finally students will design effective individual programs based on needs and goals.

PE 1192 Beginning Balance and Tumbling

The purpose of this course is to prepare student majors as proficient instructors of the basic fundamentals of balance and tumbling. Emphasis is on the teaching of progressions, skills and routines. Students will develop an understanding of the logical progressions in which balance and tumbling skills are taught. Students will learn and practice safe teaching techniques for spotting in selected balance and tumbling skills. The course does not require previous experience in balance and tumbling, but will require students to participate in a variety of physical demanding activities while receiving ample opportunities for individual instruction. Upon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge for a variety of skills, drills and exercises associated with balance and tumbling.

PE 3303 Assistant Diving Instructor

The primary purpose of this course is the perfection of aquatic skills necessary for teaching diving. This course is the first of three courses in the progression to international certification of diving instructorship. A major part of the program is assisting certified instructors with beginning scuba students in their pool and open water activities. Prerequisites include successful completion of PFW1201 or equivalent. An additional fee of $195 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483

PE 3304 Divemaster

The purpose of this course is for students to acquiring the technical knowledge necessary for Divemaster level of scuba certification. This course is the final step prior to applying for the instructorship program. Topics include advanced diving physiology, organizing open water dives, air station operations, assisting instructors with beginning and advanced open water dive students and boat diving operations. No equipment is furnished. An additional fee of $195 is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483

PE 3305 Professional Scuba Diving Instructor

This course consists of approximately 100 hours of staff/student contact. All technical and water skills necessary to teach scuba diving to others are dealt with in considerable depth. The instructor candidate is tested in four areas: knowledge, water skills, teaching ability and attitude/professionalism. Course content is determined by international standards administered by the NAUI. No equipment is provided. The prerequisite is certification by PE 3303. This course requires a very high level of motivation by the student. For more information contact an additional fee of $1200 plus books is required to take the course.

For more information contact:
The Dive Shop
1911 RR 12
San Marcos, Texas 78666
512-396-3483