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Physical Education Teaching 


Description of Program

The Physical Education emphasis is intended to prepare students to become certified physical educators from Early Childhood to Adolescence (K-12). The Physical Education emphasis in Kinesiology is a program within the College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS), accredited through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

It is the mission of the Physical Education program, within the Department of Kinesiology and the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire , to enable prospective physical education teachers to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be an effective novice physical education teacher. UW-Eau Claire physical education graduates will demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the Wisconsin Content Guidelines for Physical Education and the Wisconsin Teacher Standards.

Student Teaching - All candidates seeking licensure in physical education must complete a full semester of student teaching or an internship. The final phase of the clinical program requires the candidates to teach for full days for a full semester following the daily schedule and semester calendar of the cooperating school. All applicants for student teaching or internships must have resident, total and professional education course grade points of 2.75 or better and have departmental approval. All students must have passed the content exam (Praxis II) and submit a portfolio for assessment prior to student teaching.

The Director of Field Experiences carefully selects cooperating sites for this capstone experience. To ensure that the candidates gain experience in variety of settings, the placement director assigns student teachers to two quarter placements at grade levels and schools different from their previous clinical experiences. In special circumstances and for programmatic reasons, the director assigns some student teachers to semester long placements. During their placements, candidates are gradually integrated into the teaching schedule of the cooperating teacher. Student teachers are expected to assume the teaching responsibilities that are typical of the cooperating teacher for a minimum of one week during each of their quarter placements or two weeks during a semester placement.

Cooperating teachers and university supervisors are responsible for evaluating the candidates participating in this clinical experience. The cooperating teachers use an evaluation form to assess the students' knowledge, skills, and dispositions on the Wisconsin Teacher Standards (WTS). Cooperating teachers complete at least two written evaluations each quarter. Therefore, student teachers receive a total of four written evaluations during the semester. The cooperating teacher's evaluation becomes part of the candidates' portfolio.

University supervisors conduct a minimum of four classroom visits of at least one hour in length for each student teacher. During the course of the semester, supervisors provide at least four written evaluations of each candidate based on classroom observations by the cooperating teacher and supervisor. One visit each quarter involves a three-way conference among the student teacher, cooperating teacher and supervisor.

Supervisors of all student teachers have certification that is appropriate for the area they are supervising and three years of teaching experience. Qualifications for cooperating teachers for this clinical experience include:

  • valid Wisconsin teaching license
  • at least three years of teaching experience including one year at their current school
  • completion of a course focusing on supervision of clinical candidates and the WTS
  • recommendation of the building principal
  • willingness to participate

During the professional semester all education students take FED 497, Field Experience Seminar, which is a capstone seminar which candidates refine and demonstrate collaborative and professional practices. Candidates prepare and share their professional portfolio with peers, their supervisor and cooperating teacher.

Additional ECA advising information:

Important Information:

  • Students are highly advised to take and pass the PPST I as early in their academic career as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to gain as much experience with children and adolescents as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to become a member of our state and national organizations (AAHPERD & WAHPERD)
  • Students are encouraged to become involved in student leadership in WAHPERD.
  • Students must pass the content exam (PPST II) before student teaching.

Visit the following websites to learn more about Physical Education as an area of study:

Career Opportunities

The Physical Education curriculum is designed to prepare students for teaching physical education in a PK-12 setting.

Visit the following websites to search for specific career opportunities in Physical Education:

Points of Pride

  • Updated Curriculum for total K-12 program in 2003-2004
  • Hosted Northwest District WAHPERD workshop in spring of 2003 and 2004 and collaborated with NWEA to host a physical education workshop in Fall 2004
  • Students have the opportunity to gain additional certification as a Physical Best specialist
  • Committee established to review ECA applicants' competencies. Student interviews are a key component to the process.
  • Physical Education faculty have worked closely with Career Services personnel to develop an integrated model for professional development in which students learn to research career options, establish networks, enhance personal qualifications, conduct a job search, write cover letters/resumes, prepare for job interviews and develop a plan for continued education.
  • Student membership in WAHPERD has continued to increase.
  • All physical education emphasis course syllabi were revised and updated in Fall 2003. Many but not all handouts indicate papers and projects that can be used as evidence of attainment of the goals of the baccalaureate, Department of Kinesiology goals, and Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
  • Quarterly advising newsletters to all Physical Education Teacher Preparation students.
  • The Home School Physical Education program is for home schooled and alternative schooled students ages 5-17. The program is directed by Physical Education faculty, and lead by undergraduate students majoring in Physical Education. This is a win-win activity where our students receive valuable teaching experience and the home school students get a quality physical education experience that is unavailable to the home school population.

Admission Criteria

The Kinesiology: Physical Education Teaching major prepares students to become licensed physical educators in K-12 schools. Formal application to the program must be made. The Physical Education Teaching Program committee will screen students for admission to the program and make recommendations to the department chair. At the time of application, students must submit:

  • completed program application form
  • transcripts indicating an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • completed resume outlining:
    • Experiences with children and adolescents
    • Involvement in professional organizations
    • Enrollment or completion in KINS 295
  • Portfolio

Student admission will be based on the following criteria:

  • Performance evaluations from KINS 290 and KINS 295
  • Overall GPA
  • Interview
  • Resume
  • Portfolio

Forms of interest:

Selected students will begin a sequential course of study upon admission. Resources available limit the number of students admitted to the program. Not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission.


Once admitted into the Physical Education Teaching program, the student must meet the following criteria to remain in the program:

  1. maintain a 2.75 GPA
  2. continue to display appropriate dispositions toward physical education teaching as outlined by Education.

Admission to Education

See additional requirements for admission to Professional Programs in the Catalogue.

Other Information

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