Physical Education

The physical education program at Friends University prepares students to teach in grades prekindergarten – 12. This four-year program includes student teaching in both the elementary and secondary levels during either the fall or spring semester of the senior year. Graduates are conditionally licensed to teach by the State of Kansas after successfully completing the degree and passing the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT) and a content test.

Other requirements include admittance into the teacher education program and a cumulative education and content GPA of 2.75 with no “D” grades in the education courses or content areas. Students are encouraged to endorse in another curricular area to increase personal marketability, as physical education is a very competitive field in which to obtain a teaching position. Many students in this major also have an additional interest in coaching sports, such as football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, etc.

The degree program was designed by physical educators to fully prepare teachers in the latest and best methods of instruction.

Program Outcomes

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of content and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content to be taught.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ skills, knowledge and prerequisite relationships.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content-related pedagogy.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design coherent instruction.
    • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Provide quality feedback to students and colleagues.

KSDE Standards 1, 2 and 3. KPTP Focus Area A: analysis of Contextual Information

  • The teacher education candidate will develop and implement an appropriate learning environment where all students are engaged and on task.
    • Recognize and implement factors related to development of a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
    • Establish appropriate expectations for learning and achievement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage common non-instructional duties.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage student behavior appropriately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage all students in learning.

KSDE Standards 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area B: Analysis of Learning Environment Factors

  • The teacher education candidate will appropriately implement and adapt instruction for diverse learners to ensure all learners meet expectations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use questioning and discussion techniques appropriately.
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness toward a diverse population.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of age group characteristics.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage.

KSDE Standards 4, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area C: Instructional Implementation. KPTP Focus Area D: Analysis of Classroom Environment

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Reflect on teaching and its effect on learners’ performance.
    • Maintain accurate records of attendance, lesson completion, and student progress.
    • Serve appropriately as student advocate.
    • Communicate appropriately with families.
    • Maintain cordial relationships with colleagues.

KSDE Standards 5, 6 and 8. KPTP Focus Area E: Analysis of Assessment Procedures. KPTP Focus Area F: Reflection and Self Evaluation

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Physical education in a school setting
  • Personal trainer
  • Health and fitness club management
  • Recreational facility management
  • Athletic coaching

View physical education courses in the course catalog.



Dr. Dennis Obermeyer

  • Professor of Physical Education
  • Education
  • B.S., Peru State College; M.S.Ed., Northwest Missouri State University; Ed.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Jan Wilson

  • Professor of Education; Chair of Education; Director - Teacher Education/Unit Head, PEB
  • Education
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Wichita State University; Ph.D., Kansas State University