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Why Study Health and Physical Education (K-12)?

Health and physical education teachers play a key role in the development of healthy habits for students. As a health and physical education major at UW-River Falls, you can earn a dual licensure in health and physical education, allowing you to teach early childhood through secondary programs.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the human body and how it works, including the functions of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous and respiratory systems.
  • Apply your knowledge of the human body to teach wellness in early childhood and adolescence programs.
  • Apply K-12 physical education rules, techniques, strategies and tactics in a classroom setting.
  • Plan and adapt your lessons for diverse student needs.
  • Develop communication, instructional and managerial skills, enabling you to enhance student learning.


Types of Courses

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
  • Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • Educational Psychology
  • Leadership in School-Based Adventure Education
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Rhythms and Educational Gymnastics
  • Safe and Emotionally Healthy Schools and Communities
  • Techniques of Health Education

“I never could have imagined that I would feel this at home at a university. I'm a non-traditional college student and going back to school after eight years was scary. I was welcomed in and had very supportive professors and classmates right off the bat. I was able to join the HPE Club and meet even more people, including going to a few conferences within my first year in the program.”

– Ashley Read, health and physical education major

Potential Careers

After graduation, you’ll be prepared to teach at the K-12 level as a health and physical education teacher. If you’ve completed the adapted physical education minor, you’ll also be eligible for certification as an adapted physical education teacher.