Physical Education

The need for a quality physical education program in schools has never been more important. School physical education programs offer the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Graduates of the UW-Stevens Point physical education program assess student knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license in Physical Education, grades PreK-12.

In addition, the majority of our physical education majors also earn a minor and teaching license in health, grades PreK-12 and over half earn an additional license to teach adaptive physical education, grades PreK-12.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in Physical Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, more than 85 percent of our recent physical education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation.

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. Our physical education majors club–the Students for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (SHAPER) Club–raises funds to send upper-level students to the national conference every year. You also have an opportunity to attend our state physical education convention from the start of your programming. Students are also encouraged to get involved in our Aspiring Educators student organization.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to teach physical education lessons to elementary and secondary school students, with and without disabilities.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your Physical Education Professors

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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