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Sport Pedagogy 


Description of Program

The sport pedagogy emphasis is intended to provide students with coursework in physical education teaching. However, this emphasis WILL NOT lead to licensure in physical education upon graduation. It is the mission of the sport pedagogy program to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to effectively promote physical activity as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Students graduating with a degree in sport pedagogy often pursue careers working with children, adolescents, and/or adults in recreation programs within local park districts, university recreation programs, the YMCA, or pursue graduate school to further their education. Students who may wish to pursue their teaching licensure should meet with an advisor to discuss options.

Points of Pride

  • Community Outreach:
    • Students gain invaluable experiences working within the Physical activities and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in the Eau Claire area (PRIDE) Program, an award winning community outreach program developed by Dr. Marquell Johnson.
    • Students develop teaching skills by working with children and adolescents within the Home School Physical Education Program, a mutually beneficial service for community members and students.
    • Students who are affiliated with the SHAPE Club gain additional experiences working with children and adolescents through volunteer experiences within the Eau Claire community.
  • Students are trained by knowledgeable faculty who continue to seek yearly professional development, present research at state and national conferences, and commit to fostering an evidence-based, hands-on program.

Admission Criteria

Minimum GPA: At least 2.75

Important Information


  • Students are encouraged to gain as much experience with children and adolescents as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to become members of our state and national organizations: Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE) and Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America).
  • Students are encouraged to become actively involved in Students for Health, Adventure, and Physical Education (SHAPE) Club—a faculty supervised (but student operated) organization that promotes volunteer experiences in the community, fosters student mentorship within the program, and arranges student social events.

Forms of Interest

Sport Pedagogy Advising Grid


For further questions, contact the PETE Program Director, Dr. Jamie O'Connor: or 715-836-2636