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.
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.
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