Why Study Health and Physical Education (K-12)?
Health and physical education teachers play a key role in the development of healthy habits for students. As a health and physical education major at UW-River Falls, you can earn a dual licensure in health and physical education, allowing you to teach early childhood through secondary programs.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- Apply K-12 physical education rules, techniques, strategies and tactics in a classroom setting.
- Plan and adapt your lessons for diverse student needs.
- Develop communication, instructional and managerial skills, enabling you to enhance student learning.
Types of Courses
- Adapted Physical Education
- Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
- Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
- Educational Psychology
- Leadership in School-Based Adventure Education
- Motor Learning and Development
- Rhythms and Educational Gymnastics
- Safe and Emotionally Healthy Schools and Communities
- Techniques of Health Education
“I never could have imagined that I would feel this at home at a university. I'm a non-traditional college student and going back to school after eight years was scary. I was welcomed in and had very supportive professors and classmates right off the bat. I was able to join the HPE Club and meet even more people, including going to a few conferences within my first year in the program.”
– Ashley Read, health and physical education major
After graduation, you’ll be prepared to teach at the K-12 level as a health and physical education teacher. If you’ve completed the adapted physical education minor, you’ll also be eligible for certification as an adapted physical education teacher.