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Undergraduate Studies

Physical Education

Childhood obesity, diabetes and other health-related conditions are at an all-time high, making it more important than ever to expose children to the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Your passion for sports, physical fitness and personal health can impact the quality of life that your students experience beyond their childhood and into adulthood.

What does a career in physical education look like?

Today's physical education classes go well beyond games of dodge ball and capture the flag. Like classroom teachers, you will be expected to create a lesson plan of activities that will help you evaluate the physical abilities and overall health of your students. P.E. might present new opportunities to shine for some students who don't excel academically, but other students may lack the coordination and physical development to succeed in physical activities.

A good physical education teacher understands how to motivate all students while being mindful of individual needs and skill levels. Most schools have a recreational area, such as a gymnasium, where you will spend most of your time. And when you're not teaching, you may decide to coach one or more team sports.

Program highlights

  • Nationally known faculty
  • Students are embedded in field experiences early and throughout the program, which provides more hands-on knowledge and training.

Your course work

The course work for physical education begins with classes in biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Core requirements include first aid and CPR, motor learning, and sports techniques and tactics, as well as the art and science of coaching. Just like classroom teachers, you will be required to complete a student teaching experience, and, once certified, you will be qualified to teach grades K-12. For more specific information about the physical education degree program, please visit the academic bulletin.