UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

HHP Physical Education Academy, homeschool class 

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education major prepares students to teach in elementary, middle and high schools. Health and Physical Education graduates are dual-licensed to teach in early childhood through adolescence programs. The major's health emphasis encourages teachers to use a comprehensive approach to health education. Meanwhile, physical education standards from both SHAPE America and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction serve as the foundation for creating developmentally appropriate lessons for instructing students in the pre-K-12 school environment. 

Our Students

  • Have a unique variety of clinical field experiences in rural, urban and suburban settings. 
  • Learn through a variety of hands-on experiences. Students will teach movement, sport skills, fitness and rhythm activities.
  • Experience 18 weeks of student teaching, split evenly between elementary and secondary-level classrooms. Our majors will spend that time gaining valuable experience teaching children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Receive regular professional development and networking opportunities by participating in state, national and international conferences.
  • Are prepared for a rewarding career that allows them to help others pursue and practice healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Are licensed as both a Wisconsin DPI 910 Health Professional Educator and 530 Physical Education Professional Educator upon graduation.
  • Are highly encouraged to complete the Adapted Physical Education minor. Not only does the minor make Health and Physical Education graduates more marketable to Pre-K and K-12 schools, it is often required for employment.

Transfer Students and Post Baccalaureate Certification Candidates Must:

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.  
  • Review course sequence for Health and Physical Education.
  • Meet with a certification officer to review general education requirements and request an evaluation of transcripts. All Health and Physical Education methods and techniques courses need to be taken in the UW-River Falls Health and Physical Education program.
  • Pass the Praxis I exam or meet the requirements for an ACT composite score of 23. No section score can be lower than 20.
  • Interview with Health and Physical Education faculty.
  • Post Baccalaureate Certification candidates with a strong academic background in exercise science, kinesiology or teacher education will likely see a reduction in the number of required credits.