Physical Education Teaching

What is Physical Education Teaching Major?

The Physical Education Teaching Major prepares students to teach Physical Education in public and private schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Upon successful completion of the degree, students are awarded teacher endorsement by the State of Iowa.

What will I do with a major? 

Teach K-12 Physical Education in public or private schools.

Where can I work? 

Public and private schools, K-12.

Why should I study at UNI?  

The vast majority of classes taken for the  Physical Education Teaching Major are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty.  Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule.  Many classes incorporate laboratory experiences and experiential learning which enhances the learning of content.  In the classes specifically related to teaching the students are often visiting the schools.  Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment.  The facilities for the activity classes taken in this major are superb.   If desired, students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects



The professional development of our undergraduate students is accomplished through a challenging, relevant physical education teacher education program based upon the principles of best practice and the pedagogical content knowledge required to be effective teachers dedicated to a basic philosophy that successful participation in physical activity is the essential foundation upon which healthy, active lifestyles are built.


The Physical Education faculty fully support the University's commitment to teacher education as a university-wide responsibility to prepare teachers to be reflective, responsible decision makers in a global and diverse democratic society.  To this end, our mission to prepare dynamic professionals who are reflective teachers and lifelong learners.