The Physical Education program is designed to prepare students to become professional educators in the field of physical education, health and wellness. The department thus offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education. It meets the classroom standards for a teaching certificate in the State of Missouri—Grades K-12. The course work included is designed to acquaint the student with the history and development of physical education, knowledge of body functioning, theory of teaching physical education and athletic coaching, and testing and measurements procedures.
The curriculum reflects research and recommendations from such groups as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
CMU has a chapter of the Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA). All students who are interested in a career in education must join a professional organization by their senior year. The Missouri State Teachers Association is the sponsoring organization (advisor: Prof. Barb Thurmon).