Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Major

Combined Major

Successful completion leads to Wisconsin DPI 910 Health Professional Educator and 530 Physical Education Professional Educator teaching license.

"DEVELOPING TODAY'S LEADERS IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION"

 

Welcome to Health and Physical Education Teacher Education (HPETE)!  The University of Wisconsin-River Falls HPETE program of studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education is designed to prepare the student to teach Health and Physical Education in elementary, middle and/or junior and senior high schools (pre-K-12). This program provides students with competencies necessary to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements.

Students who receive a Health and Physical Education Major from UWRF will be dual licensed to teach Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A).  The health emphasis encourages teachers to use a coordinated and comprehensive approach to health education.  The National Health Education Standards form the basis for designing classroom lessons which also incorporate best practices in health education that encourage students to adopt healthy behaviors. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards and Wisconsin Physical Education Standards are the foundation for creating developmentally appropriate lessons when instructing students in the pre-K-12 school environment. UWRF graduates learn and demonstrate skills, knowledge, and dispositions that professional associations have identified as critical for beginning teaching to be successful in the work place.

Students completing the program are eligible to apply for a teaching license in Wisconsin.  The HPETE faculty strives to equip students with the content and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to smoothly transition from pre-service to in-service teaching.

The faculty of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education Program invite you to browse through our website.  We hope the information helps you become more familiar with our degree programs.  Our goal is to prepare highly qualified Health and Physical Education teachers for the pre-K-12 setting.

Students in the HPETE program will have a unique variety of clinical field experiences in a rural, suburban, and urban setting that will enhance their proficiency in the knowledge and skills requisite to working in the contemporary school setting.  Majors learn to perform a variety of hands-on experiences teaching movement, sport skills, fitness, and rhythm activities personally.  After becoming proficient, students take courses and have practical experiences in teaching children, adolescents, and young adults.  The discipline is interesting and rewarding, and those in a teaching career help others pursue and practice healthy lifestyle habits.

Career Profile

Graduates seek teaching and Health/Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education/Coaching careers in elementary and secondary education settings.  With an advanced degree, teaching and coaching positions at institutions of higher learning are available.

It is highly recommended that students desiring to be optimally employable in K-12 schools complete a Minor in Adapted Physical Education.

We also highly advocate to our students to be an active participant in the Health and Physical Education Club. This is one way to develop and demonstrate leadership in their future profession.  The students also become members of the highly regarded Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE) organizationlink, which is the state AHPERD organization and the students are expected to attend the annual state convention in October for professional development and networking opportunities.

Many students find employment after graduating from our HPETE program in Western Wisconsin School Districts as well as the Minnesota Twin Cities area.  Other UWRF HPETE graduates are currently teaching nationwide and internationally.
 

Follow us on Facebook: HPETElink

Please Contact:

Stacy Furness, Director of Health Education -  stacy.furness@uwrf.edu, Office Phone: 715.425.3225 or 

James Gostomski, Director of Physical Education - james.gostomski@uwrf.edu , Office Phone: 715.425.3931 with any questions regarding the program.

Transfer/Reentry Students

1) Undergraduate GPA minimum of 2.75.
2) Please review course sequence for HPE. 
3) Meet with certification officer on Campus to review general education requirements and request an evaluation of transcripts. ALL Health and Physical Education methods courses need to be taken in the UWRF HPE program.
4) Pass the Praxis I exam or meet the requirements for ACT of 23 composite score. No section score lower than a 20.
5) Interview with HPE Faculty and decision will be made on admittance.

Post Baccalaureate Certification

Candidates with a strong academic background in exercise science/kinesiology, and to some degree teacher education, will likely see a reduction in the number of required credits. 
If you are interested in a Post Baccalaureate Certification this is an option. 
Process to apply:
1) Undergraduate GPA minimum of 2.75.
2) Please review course sequence for HPE. 
3) Meet with certification officer on Campus to review general education requirements and request an evaluation of transcripts.
4) Pass the Praxis I exam or meet the requirements for ACT of 23 composite score. No section score lower than a 20.
5) Interview with HPE Faculty and decision will be made on admittance.



University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022 USA
Campus Information 715-425-3911