Physical Education Minor Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Student enjoy a physical education class outdoors.

This minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport.

Complete these required courses (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

PED 1015

Introduction to Health and Physical Activity Promotion

This course is an introduction to health and physical activity promotion in society, communities and schools. Discussion of health and physical activity promotion history, philosophy and ethics, career opportunities, recreation, and athletics are included.



PED 2160

Emergency Care and Personal Safety

Emergency Care is an American Red Cross Emergency Response Course based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 1995 First Responder: National Standards Curriculum. This course will provide the participant essential information for developing the functional first aid capabilities of a first responder. As a crucial link in the EMS system, first responders evaluate and treat patients until more advanced medical help can arrive. This course does not provide state licensure for ambulance personnel.

Fee Fee $15.

Every semester


PED 2410

Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education

Examines the physical education curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels; emphasizes strategies for planning effective instruction; explores teaching and learning styles; analyzes effective behavior management; and examines safety and liability.

Prerequisite: PED 1015 and PED 2420.



PED 2420

Foundations of Teaching Health and Physical Education

This course gives students the opportunity to discover the science and art of teaching. Students, through a field-based experience, observe and reflect upon the act of learning in physical education and/or health education at the elementary,and/or secondary levels. Included is a study of the historical, social, and philosophical foundations of contemporary education and an examination of current educational trends and programs. Areas of study include professionalism, school laws, governance of schools, equitable learning, school problems, basic teaching strategies, development of an educational philosophy, and an introduction to state and national standards for students and teachers. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours in a supervised classroom setting that involves direct observation and participation. A law enforcement background check completed at the student's expense may be required. Personal transportation is required.

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in PED 1015.

Fee Fee $15


and complete one of these courses (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

PED 2370

Community Health

A study of current community and world health issues to include an overview of epidemiology, communicable disease, environmental health, health services and consumerism.



HED 2310

Health Education Methods

This course examines comprehensive school health education and the research and theory of health behavior. Course content includes the following: the historical development and philosophy of health education; knowledge of health education concepts and skills delineated in current national and Vermont health education standards, laws and regulations; the impact of societal values, norms and priorities on health education practice; the process of selecting and using current, valid and reliable sources of health information, to include national, state, and local organizations/associations, publications and educational materials/resources; and analyzing research relative to health risks among school-age youth and translating research into recommendations for the design and implementation of health education programs. This course also explores the purposes, components and approaches to coordinating school health initiatives based on the national Coordinated School Health model, including partnerships with families, school staff, and community members to improve health literacy and health behaviors.

Prerequisite: PED 2420, or permission of the instructor.



and complete one of these courses (1-2 cr):

Code Course Credits

DAN 1050

Aerobic Dance

Half Semester (First Half of Semester/Second Half of Semester)


DAN 2020

Teaching Rhythms And Dance

This course provides students the opportunity to discover the science and art of teaching dance and rhythms. Outcomes for this course are aligned to physical education teacher education competencies, and both content knowledge and physical demonstration of skills will be assessed. This course requires a significant amount of physical activity.



and complete these life activity requirements (4 cr):

  • Two Team Sport courses
  • Two Individual Pursuit courses

(View the list of courses)

Total credits required: 20-21 cr