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Explore the teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree prepares you to become a certified physical educator from early childhood to adolescence (pre-K-12). Graduates of the major earn four licenses: a license to teach physical education, a license to teach health education, a license to teach adaptive physical education, and a license in coaching pre-K-12. 

Split into three modules, the program covers a variety of disciplines, ensuring you have the knowledge and expertise to teach multiple subjects related to health and physical education. The PE module focuses on planning, implementing and assessing various activities, including games, dance and sports. The adaptive physical education module teaches you how to tailor a physical education curriculum so that it is appropriate for children with disabilities and/or special needs. And the health module prepares you to teach subjects like nutrition and other health class topics.

Experiential learning and professional development are key focuses of the program. Capstone projects, practicums and student-teaching opportunities will help you to build your leadership skills, identify your preferred teaching style and discover how to best meet the needs of your learners. 

Graduates of UW-Eau Claire's teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree program are highly sought after, largely due to the incredible preparation students have in all areas of physical education. Students leave UWEC empowered, inspired and ready to make a positive impact on the lives of others. 

Teaching life lessons through sports

When Chase Melton, a member of the Blugold wrestling team, learned about an opportunity to help Samuel Sedelbauer, a 10-year-old fourth-grader who has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, he jumped at the chance. Working alongside Team IMPACT, a national organization that matches children who have serious or chronic illnesses with college sports teams, Chase was one of nine appointed coordinators who helped immerse Samuel into the world of wrestling. And it quickly became a life-changing experience for everyone involved.

"It helped me realize how much more there is to a sport. Even for my future in teaching, there is so much more than teaching the kids the actual game play of the sport. You teach them life lessons that they can apply for the rest of their life," Chase said. 

It's a realization that Chase will carry with him as he prepares for a career in teaching physical education — and one that will make him a better mentor and educator for all his students. 

Teaching - kinesiology, physical education degree scholarships

UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. Many incoming students are automatically awarded scholarships for having outstanding academic achievements, but there are also additional scholarships reserved for students seeking a physical education teaching degree. For example, the Dr. Ida Hinz Physical Education Scholarship awards $500 to a deserving student who has demonstrated leadership and service and is planning on becoming a physical education teacher. The award is made possible by Dr. Ida Hinz, who joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in 1949. She retired in 1983 as the chair of the physical education department.

Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your physical education teaching degree. 

Learn more about our financial aid process at UW-Eau Claire.

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Quick facts

Teaching - kinesiology, physical education program details:
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor. 
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. 
Student organizations
  • Kinesiology Club
  • Students of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE)
  • Aspiring Educators

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Please note:

  1. The licensure information assumes that a student has obtained a Wisconsin Teaching License PRIOR to applying for a teaching license in another state.
  2. "Meets requirements" means that a student is eligible for a license with stipulations, typically for 1-3 years, in that state. The stipulations are likely to be specific testing requirements and/or competency through a course or examination of the history, culture and/or constitution of the specific state. In some instances, additional stipulations might be added.
  3. State licensure requirements may change at any time. While the listing will be updated annually, a student must be aware that any particular state could move from Does Not Meet to Meets to Undetermined and back again over the course of a degree program.
  4. Licensure questions should be referred to the Teacher Education Program Office (

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, District of Columbia

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: Delaware, New Jersey, New York

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree program highlights

Real-world learning. Throughout the major, you'll have a number of opportunities to gain real-world experience in the field. You may work in our PRIDE (Physical Activity and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in the Eau Claire Area) program, our Community Fitness program or our Cancer Recovery program. These programs allow you to work with all age groups and better prepare you for working with pre-K-12 students.

Innovative, convenient resources. The kinesiology digital library, available to anyone studying kinesiology, houses a collection of images, strength-training videos, general movement videos and vodcasts to help you better understand human movement and injury. You can also take advantage of the university's gyms, tracks, courts and other recreation facilities.

Connection to local employers. To help you explore career opportunities and make valuable connections, we host an annual Education Job Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the field of education. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

A supportive learning environment. While pursuing the teaching - kinesiology, physical education major, you'll be surrounded by people who, like you, are interested in bettering the lives of others through health and physical activity. Expert faculty throughout the program will help you to learn modern teaching techniques and the fundamentals of human movement, helping you to best teach future students in how to be physically active in a fun and safe way.

What jobs can you get with a teaching - kinesiology, physical education degree from UWEC?

Graduates of the teaching - kinesiology, physical education program are certified to teach physical education, health education and adaptive physical education. Graduates also earn a license in coaching pre-K-12 students. 

Where are teaching - kinesiology, physical education alumni now?

UW-Eau Claire has challenged me to develop academically and personally, leading me to be a better person and discover my passion to be an educator. I will always remember my time here and how this university helped me discover that the education path was the right choice for me.

Thomas Zook Kinesiology, Physical Education

Teaching - kinesiology, physical education bachelor's degree program curriculum

Curriculum within the teaching - kinesiology, physical education program is rigorous and all-encompassing. Classes explore the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to human movement, changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, programming and assessment in the special physical education environment and health education curriculum design. 

Lab courses and field experience will provide you with hours of student-teaching experience, helping you to learn — and apply — best practices and effective teaching and classroom management techniques. 

Classes for teaching - kinesiology, physical education majors may include:

Learn more about the teaching - kinesiology, physical education major in the UWEC course catalog.

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