Physical Education Plus Program Details


Program Curriculum

The physical education plus program curriculum is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based teacher education preparation, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any classroom environment. The teacher education program combines general education courses and professional education coursework with multiple field experiences in diverse communities.


Degree Requirements

CompositionSatisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement to be completed during initial term at KU.
Critical Reading and WritingSatisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
College Algebra or higherSatisfied by MATH 101 or MATH 104
Second MathSatisfied by MATH 105 or higher (excluding MATH 109 and 110)
CommunicationsSatisfied by COMS 130
Principles of BiologySatisfied by BIOL 100
Principles of Biology LabSatisfied by BIOL 102
Human AnatomySatisfied by BIOL 240 (Must have grade of C or better.)
PsychologySatisfied by PSYC 104
SociologySatisfied by SOC 104
*Team SportsSatisfied by HSES 201 (Must have grade of B- or better.)
*Individual & Dual Sports*Satisfied by HSES 202 (Must have grade of B- or better.)
*Phys Ed Elementary ChildrenSatisfied by HSES 214 (Must have grade of B- or better.)
*Introduction to Physical Education & Sport StudiesSatisfied by HSES 244 (Must have grade of B- or better.)
First AidSatisfied by HSES 248 (Must have grade of B- or better.) (Also may be satisfied by Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification.)
*Personal & Community HealthSatisfied by HSES 260 (Must have grade of B- or better.)
Arts & Humanities/Non-Western ElectiveSatisfied by: AAAS 102, 103, 105, 160, ANTH 160, EALC 105, HA 265, 267, 269, HIST 104, 120, 160, or REL 106
Social Sciences/Global Awareness ElectiveSatisfied by: AAAS 102; AMS 100, 110, 332; ANTH 100, 106, 108, 160, 300, 301; GEOG 100, 102; LAA100, 332; LING 106, 110; REES 110; POLS 150, 170; SOC 130 or
HSES 108:Fitness Elective
HSES 108:Fitness Elective
HSES 269Introduction to Exercise Science
HSES 302Practicum in Adaptive Physical Education for PK-12 Students
HSES 315Health and Fitness Technology
HSES 340Instructional Strategies in Motor Development
SPED 326Teaching Exceptional Children and Youth in General Education
C&T 359Literacy in the Content Areas
HSES 210Instruction and Analysis in Swimming
HSES 320Methods of Teaching Physical Education
HSES 358Creative Movement and Dance Appreciation
HSES 440Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
C&T 235Cultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12 Schools
ELPS 250Education and Society
HSES 369Kinesiology
HSES 410Program Design in Physical Education
HSES 500Student Teaching in Physical Education
HSES 501Seminar in Teaching Physical Education

Students must select one of the following:

Business Minor
English (5-8 or 6-12) Option
Health (PK-12) Option
Middle-Level Math (5-8) Option
Middle-Level Science (5-8) Option
Psychology (6-12) Option
Speech/Theatre (6-12) Option
Sport Management Minor

Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.


Program Curriculum Resources

Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the KU Academic Catalog or consult the program detail sheet for more comprehensive information on the required courses for the bachelor’s degree in physical education plus at KU.



Physical Education Plus Program Faculty

Ken Murfay
Ken Murfay
Assistant Teaching Professor, Program Director of the Physical Education Plus Program