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Physical Education

A physical education degree prepares you for work in a physical activity venue by focusing on the scientific foundations of the field, or you can choose our teaching track to use the skills and knowledge you gain in a K-12 school system.

What You’ll Learn

As a physical education student, your coursework will cover:

  • Curriculum models
  • Assessment strategies
  • Adapted physical education
  • Structural kinesiology
  • Growth and motor development
  • Exercise physiology
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional strategies
  • Assessment and technology
  • Skill development
  • Sports and fitness teaching and activities

What You Can Do

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree go on to supervise and manage recreational programs, organize and direct intramural programs and teach in unique education environments such as alternative schools, charter schools and Job Corps. After completing a teaching track, graduates are qualified for the careers mentioned above and teaching physical education and/or coaching in public schools.

If you have a secondary physical education certificate, you can earn your dual certification to work in elementary schools.

Degrees and Courses

Bachelor's Degree

BS Physical Education or Physical Education Teaching

Gain the skills needed to work as a physical education professional in a physical activity venue, or take the teaching track to work in a K-12 school setting.

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Minor in Physical Education or Physical Education Teaching

A minor in physical education introduces you to a variety of activities to stay healthy and active and gives you physical education expertise for your career. You may choose our teaching track to apply your skills in a K-12 school setting.

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Dual Minor

Dual Minor in Physical Education and Coaching Education Teaching

Along with providing skills and knowledge in physical education, this program teaches you how to become an effective and motivational sports coach. Upon completion, you can use your physical education and coaching skills in a K-12 school system.

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Dual Certification

Secondary Physical Education Teachers for Elementary School Dual Certification

If you already hold a secondary physical education certificate, this program offers a dual certification to work in elementary schools.

Contact the director of physical education, Chad Smith, for more information at

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Bachelor of Integrated Studies

WSU's Bachelor of Integrated Studies program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree in three academic areas, including physical education.

A final capstone project is required, which will bring together your three areas of emphasis.

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Activity Courses

Aerobics, martial arts, strength training, pickleball, ice skating and more. Along with its courses for physical education professionals, the physical education program offers a wide range of activity courses for all majors.

Activity Courses

Additional Resources

SHAPE America
SHAPE America Southwest District
Physical and Health Education America
American College of Sports Medicine
Utah Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
PE Central
PE Universe
WSU Teacher Education Department Secondary Licensure
Utah Education Network -
Utah Board of Education - 
Utah Physical Education Curriculum -
Praxis -