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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Education & Sport Science

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122 Memorial Hall
507.457.5360 or 507.457.5557, Fax: 507.457.5606
PESS website
Chad Grabau, Chairperson,
Ray Martinez, Director Coaching Minor


Douglas Callahan, Professor; BS, MA, University of Denver; PhD, University of Kansas; 2000 -

Emmanuel Felix, Associate Professor; BS, University of California-Davis; MS, Northern Illinois University; PhD, Oregon State University; 2014 -

Chad Grabau, Assistant Professor; BS, MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, University of Northern Colorado; 2008 -
Kristi Mally, Assistant Professor; BS, Wartburg College; MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, University of Minnesota; 2015 -

Raymond Martinez, Associate Professor; BS, MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; EdD, University of Northern Colorado; 2013 -
Linda Perkins, Instructor; BS, MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; 2014 -


The Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (PESS) exists within the College of Education at Winona State University. The PESS Program faculty prepare physical education teacher education majors, developmental adaptive physical education minors, sport coaching education minors.

The Physical Education Major prepares teacher candidates to develop the teaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes to plan, implement, and evaluate student learning in PK-12 physical education programs. Physical Education majors gain contemporary theoretical knowledge and evidence-based pedagogical (teaching) practices through academic curricula in the following courses/program of study: physical education foundations, physical education pedagogy, professional education sequence, and relevant practical teaching experiences. Physical Education teacher candidates learn evidence-based curricular and instructional practices to implement PK-12 physical education programs that focus on student learning related to physical literacy standards of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). The physical education major places a heavy emphasis on planning, instruction, and assessment strategies in a high quality, contemporary school-based physical education program. The conclusion of the academic program consists of a semester-long student teaching experience in a PK-12 school-based physical education program. Successful completion of the physical education major leads to a Bachelor of Science (teaching) degree.

In addition, PESS offers numerous general physical education courses that fulfill the 2 credits MnTransfer curriculum (MnTC) and General Education requirement for Physical Development and Wellness.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in the physical education major are employed as K-12 educators in private and public schools. Students can expand their career options by combining a health education major and a coaching minor and/or an adapted physical education licensure with the physical education major.

Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses

Students majoring or minoring in PESS programs must take all courses in the major, minor, and options on a grade-only basis. Courses offered for pass/no credit-only or grade-only are so designated in the course descriptions. If no grading method is listed for a particular course in the course descriptions, the course may be taken for either grade or pass/no credit.


    Bachelor of Science - TeachingMinor

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