Dr. Bruce Pietz

Teaching Area(s): Physical Education

I prefer to teach using the active learning method. Active learning provides hands-on application activities to cover course content instead of lecturing.

Physical Education Learning Objectives

Mount Union physical education major students enjoy hands-on training in areas such as kinesiology, teaching, coaching, and learning how to help others stay healthy.

The physical education degree requirements at Mount Union are designed to prepare you to meet state teaching licensure standards for physical education in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Endorsed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the Ohio Department of Education, Mount Union's program will prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career.

Our teaching graduates are recognized as quality physical educators who are highly competitive in the employment market. Graduates can be found teaching physical education in school districts across Ohio and throughout the county.

After Completion of the Physical Education Degree, Students Will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how individuals learn and develop and can provide opportunities that support students’ physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how individuals differ in their approaches to learning, and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior by creating safe learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical activity settings.
  • Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated individuals, based on state and national (NASPE K-12) standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of assessment and use it to foster physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of students in physical activity.
  • Demonstrate reflective practices and evaluate the effects of their actions on others (e.g., students, parents/guardians, fellow professionals), and seek opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support students' growth and well-being.
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