A career field on the move.
We offer a robust and versatile program that prepares you for careers in Physical Education, Adapted PE, and Health Education.
We’re the only 4-year undergraduate program in Wisconsin to offer students three licenses: Physical Education, Adapted PE, and Health Education.
The need for health educators will grow 11% by 2028, much faster than the average occupation, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
We’re ranked No. 1 for value among all schools in the University of Wisconsin System.
As a Physical Education student at UW-Whitewater, you will participate in a sequence of school-based opportunities to build your professional skills.
Student teaching and field experiences
Starting sophomore year, Physical Education students complete field studies in a variety of settings to observe and practice Elementary PE, Secondary PE, Adapted PE and Health Education. During senior year, each student completes full-time student-teaching placements in elementary, middle, and secondary schools for a more in-depth teaching experience.
Embedded into our curriculum you’ll find several courses with a service-learning element. For example, students in Adapted PE courses visit the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Wisconsin Special Olympics programs.
Students have the opportunity to be certified in a range of personal and professional development areas. Students in the Teaching Fitness course, for example, have the option to be certified in the Physical Best certification.
Travel study courses
Take a semester-long course that culminates in a short-term international travel experience with a faculty member and your classmates. Our current Travel Study to Australia explores the sport and recreation philosophies in three main cities — Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns.
Our students engage in research with a faculty mentor, which can lead to co-authoring a paper or presenting at a national conference.
Many of our students gain real-world experience through on-campus employment in our department, at the fitness center, or with our coaching staff and athletic trainers.
UW-Whitewater offers several student organizations that are of interest to Physical Education students.
Health, Physical Education, and Adapted PE Majors Club
HPEA Club Members participate in monthly professional development opportunities together, and they attend both state and national conferences to learn more about — and participate in — the profession.
Our updated motion analysis lab features equipment such as a CSMi isokinetic dynamometer, force plates, Parvo Medics metabolic cart, tendo unit, and a Biodex Balance System. The lab also has upper body and cycle ergometers and other equipment used for aerobic and anaerobic capacity tests.
This equipment is used for class laboratories, honors options, and undergraduate research projects, such as measuring muscle imbalances, likelihood of muscular injury, and sports training program assessment.
Our program prepares students for an array of careers in physical education and health education.
Our graduates go on to teach Physical Education, Adapted PE, and Health Education in PreK-12 schools in Wisconsin.
Tremayne Clardy is a UW-Whitewater physical education, health and coaching alum who was recently named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders. He’s the superintendent for the Verona Area School District. Previously, he oversaw the operation of 32 elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Among our faculty, you’ll find award-winning teachers with impressive credentials:
Additionally, our faculty collaborate with colleagues in other departments, including psychology, geography and UW-Whitewater Athletics.
In addition to your general education requirements, your degree program and major will require core and elective classes.
Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education Licensure emphasis
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your major of interest.