Degree Description

Upon completion of a health/physical education degree, students can obtain their license to teach grades P-12. Health and Physical Education teachers provide experiences that enable students to be physically educated persons who have learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, are physically fit, participate regularly in physical activity, know implications of and benefits from involvement in physical activities, and value physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle. They also promote health literacy by enabling students to comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention, access valid health information and health promoting products and services, practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks, analyze the influence of culture and other factors on health, use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health, use goal setting and decision making skills to enhance health, and advocate for personal, family, and community health. Teacher preparation involves early and continuous field and classroom experiences designed to develop knowledge related to health and physical education content and skills in using teaching strategies. Teaching majors are also provided with classroom and field experiences related to growth and development, communication, management and motivation, diverse learners, assessment, reflection, and collaboration with others. Students gain skills in using current technologies related to health, fitness, nutrition, assessment, and motor skill development. Strong emphasis on involvement at the local, state, and national levels in professional health and physical education organizations. Students complete a full semester of student teaching in two classroom settings elementary and secondary.

  • Public or Private School Teacher
  • Physical Education Director in Youth Agencies (YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc)
  • Physical Education Director at Youth Camps
  • Coaching (Youth Sports, Community Clubs, High School, College/University)
  • Sports Retail Sales
  • University Professor

  • Changing your major to Physical Education Teaching
    CODO Process for Students Interested in Health and Human Sciences Majors

    Degree Requirement Sheet/Four Year Plan

    Physical Education Teaching Degree Requirement Sheet - Fall 2012
    Physical Education Teaching Four Year Plan - Fall 2012


    Health & Safety Teaching Degree Requirement Sheet PDF - Fall 2012
    Health & Safety Teaching Four Year Plan PDF - Fall 2012

    Health/Physical Education Degree Requirement Sheet - Fall 2013

           Fall 2013 University Foundational Learning Outcomes
    Health/Physical Education Four Year Plan - Fall 2013

    Additional Resources
    Boiler Bytes: Students reach out to the community through Pete's Pals
    Plan of Study Worksheet

    Purdue Office of Professional Preparation and Licensure (OPPL)
    American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance
    National Association for Sport & Physical Education
    Praxis I Sample Questions
    Praxis II Sample Questions - PE
    Praxis II Sample Questions - Health
    Educational Testing Service (Praxis I & Praxis II Registration)
    Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure
    American Association for Health Education
    American School Health Association