Undergraduate Degrees

Movement & Exercise Science

What is Movement and Exercise Science?

The Movement and Exercise Science major prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as the fitness industry, college or university strength programs for athletes, hospital or business wellness programs, sport psychology,  and for more advanced professional degrees such as physical therapy,  chiropractics and medicine.

 What will I do with a major in Movement and Exercise Science? 

 Graduates with a major in Movement and Exercise Science acquire the following types of jobs:  personal trainer, exercise instructor/leader in commercial fitness facilities and wellness programs, strength and conditioning coach, youth sports coach, motivational trainer, sport psychology consultant.  Because of their background in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, some graduates are employed in medical device sales and pharmacological sales.

Where can I work? 

Commercial fitness and performance facilities, work-site wellness programs, hospital-based wellness programs, college and university wellness and athletic programs, school-based athletic programs.

Why should I study Movement and Exercise Science at UNI? 

 The vast majority of classes taken for the  Movement and Exercise Major are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty.  Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule.  Most classes incorporate laboratory experiences and experiential learning which enhances the learning of content.  Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment.  Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects.  Students interested in Strength and Conditioning have the opportunity to work with the UNI strength coaches and athletes. 

Movement and Exercise Science requires a minimum of 120 hours to graduate.  These hours include Liberal Arts Core requirements, major requirements and electives.

 

 

Physical Education Teaching

What is Physical Education Teaching Major?

The Physical Education Teaching Major prepares students to teach Physical Education in public and private schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Upon successful completion of the degree, students are awarded teacher endorsement by the State of Iowa.

What will I do with a major? 

Teach K-12 Physical Education in public or private schools.

Why should I study at UNI?  

The vast majority of classes taken for the  Physical Education Teaching Major are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty.  Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule.  Many classes incorporate laboratory experiences and experiential learning which enhances the learning of content.  In the classes specifically related to teaching the students are often visiting the schools.  Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment.  The facilities for the activity classes taken in this major are superb.   If desired, students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects

The professional development of our undergraduate students is accomplished through a challenging, relevant physical education teacher education program based upon the principles of best practice and the pedagogical content knowledge required to be effective teachers dedicated to a basic philosophy that successful participation in physical activity is the essential foundation upon which healthy, active lifestyles are built.

The Physical Education faculty fully support the University's commitment to teacher education as a university-wide responsibility to prepare teachers to be reflective, responsible decision makers in a global and diverse democratic society.  To this end, our mission to prepare dynamic professionals who are reflective teachers and lifelong learners.

 

 

UNI Teacher Education

UNI Teacher Education was established in 1876 when UNI was known as the State Normal School.  UNI has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. 

 

Minors

The Division of Physical Education offers an undergraduate minor in Coaching.

 

Scholarships

The Mabel M. Wright Scholarships / Joseph S. Wright Scholarships (Award Varies)

These scholarships derive from a bequest made to the University by Joseph and Mabel McNally right, alumni of the University, 1909 and 1910 respectively. The scholarships are designated for students of promising ability who need financial assistance to prepare themselves for physical education teaching careers. GPA must be commensurate with Teacher Education Program admission requirements (2.5). Each scholarship is awarded for one year only. Former recipients must reapply for consideration in the current year.

 

The Myrtle A. Merritt Scholarship (Award Varies)

 Awarded to a junior or senior female student majoring in physical education who has maintained a 3.0 grade point average. Applicant should possess a strong desire to teach or coach and be involved in campus activities.

 

Grace Van Ness Scholarship (Award Varies)

 Recipient must have a strong desire to teach. Preference shall be given to a female student majoring in Physical Education.

 

Edna Vanderbeck Johnston Scholarship (Award Varies)

 A partial tuition scholarship shall be awarded to a student majoring in Physical Education. (A cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for serious consideration.)

 

Mildred Stever Undergraduate Transfer/Current Student Scholarship (Award Varies)

 The applicant must be a transfer student or a currently enrolled student who is a declared physical education major and has completed course work at the college level indicating preparation toward a physical education degree. The applicant must have maintained a 3.25 cumulative GPA in his/her university course work. An official transcript from the transfer institution or UNI must be submitted in addition to the scholarship application form. Finalists may be interviewed by a selected physical education faculty committee The scholarship may be renewable, contingent upon availability of funds and meeting renewal criteria.

 

Tillie & Janzte Huismann Scholarship

 Recipients must be Iowa residents, with first preference given to young women from Spencer High School, Spencer, Iowa, then to women from the surrounding area and then to other Iowa women. Recipients must major in physical education and plan to coach women's sports. First preference is to be given to those interested in coaching volleyball or basketball. Scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students, with first preference given to undergraduates. Interest in physical education and coaching shall weigh as heavily as academic achievement in selection of scholarship recipients.

 

Norene and Lorene Behrens Smith Scholarship

 Preference given to a female physical education major in good standing, well rounded student who is engaged in a variety of extra-curricular activities, renewable if student maintains satisfactory academic progress and continues to pursue a major in education.