Physical Education

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (PESS) exists within the College of Education. Through traditional as well as experiential methods, PESS faculty prepare students to become physical education (PE) teachers and coaches. The physical education major leads to a Bachelor of Science (teaching) degree. In addition, the department offers a coaching minor to all students, teaching and non-teaching who might be interested in this career feild. Numerous Physical E courses, which fulfill the 2-semester hour University Studies requirement for Physical Development and Wellness are also taught. The intent of the experiential-based courses is to encourage all students to establish and/or maintain a healthy leisure lifestyle. Click on the program links below and you will be taken to a printable version of the program planning sheet

Physical Education (PE)

Graduates in the physical education major are employed as K-12 educators in private and public schools. Students can expand their career options by combining a health education major and a coaching minor and/or an adapted PE licensure and/or an adventure tourism minor with the PE major.

Each major has specific grade point averages that must be met. Please refer to the requirements listed with each major.


Except for internships, students majoring or minoring in PESS programs must take all courses in the major, minor, and options on a grade-only basis. Courses offered for pass/no credit-only or grade-only are so designated in the course descriptions. If no grading method is listed for a particular course in the course descriptions, the course may be taken for either grade or pass/no credit.

Teacher Education Program Guide


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