UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Majors & Minors

Health and Physical Education Degree

Program Overview

The Health and Physical Education major at UW-River Falls will prepare you to teach in elementary, middle and high schools. As a graduate of the Health and Physical Education major, you will be dual-licensed, allowing you to teach in early childhood through adolescence programs.

Highlights of the Health and Physical Education Major

  • Experience a unique variety of clinical field experiences in rural, urban and suburban settings.

  • Students receive regular professional development and networking opportunities through state, national and international conferences.

  • Students experience 18 weeks of student teaching, split evenly between elementary and secondary-level classrooms. Students will spend that time gaining valuable experience teaching children, adolescents and young adults.

  • 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.

  • Each student receives a five year membership to the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education organization and a one year membership to SHAPE America.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Understand the human body and how it works, including the functions of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems.
  • Apply your knowledge of the human body to teach wellness in early childhood and adolescence programs. 
  • Use communication, instructional and managerial skills to enhance learning. 
  • Apply K-12 physical education rules, techniques, strategies and tactics in a classroom setting. 
  • Plan and adapt your lessons for diverse student needs. 
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness throughout the program. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of health and physical education in multiple settings.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the health and physical education field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Job Titles

  • K-12 Health and Physical Educator
  • Adapted Physical Educator

Employers

  • Oakdale/Maplewood Public Schools (Minn.)
  • South Washington County Public Schools (Minn.)
  • St. Paul Public Schools (Minn.)
  • Wayzata Public Schools (Minn.)
  • Hudson Public Schools (Wis.)
  • School District of River Falls (Wis.)
  • Menomonie Public Schools (Wis.)
  • Webster Public Schools (Wis.)

Related Programs

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Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Exercise and Sports Science


Program graduates have
more than a

90%

job placement rate