Physical Education

Physical Education

The Department of Kinesiology supports the Missouri Southern State University mission to offer a liberal arts baccalaureate program that fosters the total education of each student. The department emphasizes quality teaching and academic advising, while promoting dedicated community and university service. The curriculum prepares future professionals to be successful at promoting healthy, active lifestyles in a global society.

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Physical Education major

The Kinesiology Department offers two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSE) with a major in Physical Education K-12 and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Health Promotion and Wellness.

Candidates in the Department of Kinesiology are strongly encouraged to become involved with professional clubs and organizations at the departmental, state and national levels. The Department’s programs of study reflect guidelines from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Red Cross and requirements from the School of Education at Missouri Southern State University. Students studying in the Department of Kinesiology must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all required courses with a “Kine”, “Educ” or “PSY” prefix.

Students who desire certification as a teacher of physical education will become qualified at both the elementary and secondary level (K-12). Physical Education K-12 majors should refer to the requirements for Missouri Southern’s teacher education program.

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Kinesiology Department

Teacher Education Department


Dr. Jean M. Hobbs
Head, Department of Kinesiology
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9745

Dr. Deborah Brown
Department Chair, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625-3060