Physical Education

Phone: 715-346-2040


UW-Stevens Point Physical Education graduates at work

  • Jessica Novitzke '05Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education Instructor in Mosinee, Wis.
  • Tyler Umentum '14Health and Physical Education Teacher at Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Tina Hill '82Director of Athletics at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.


Phone: 715-346-2040

Choose Physical Education at UW-Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was founded in 1894 as the Stevens Point Normal School, whose primary purpose was to prepare future teachers. Today, teacher preparation remains an integral part of our mission and we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in our field.

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. The small number of students in the upper-level physical education courses means more quality time with the professor, thus our students get to know their professors on a personal level.

The UW-Stevens Point physical education major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach physical education to students, ages birth through 21. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and a Wisconsin teaching license in physical education. Most physical education majors at UW-Stevens Point choose to complete the health education minor and adapted physical education concentration, resulting in additional Wisconsin teacher certifications in health education and adapted physical education.

Career opportunities in Physical Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest career outcome rates in full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation in the UW System. More than 90 percent of our recent physical education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation.

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high job-placement rates. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Building your résumé

Prior to student teaching, majors have teaching opportunities in elementary, secondary and adapted physical education under the supervision of professors. These real-life teaching experiences form the heart of our teaching philosophy and preparation.

Student teaching is then the culminating experience in the teacher candidate's academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Outside the classroom

There are many opportunities to get involved in working with children in the greater Stevens Point area and we encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities. We have regular volunteer programs with the Boys and Girls Club and after-school programs within Stevens Point and volunteering in these programs prove very beneficial.

Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. Our physical education majors club, the Students for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (SHAPER) Club raises funds to send upper-level students to the national American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Conference every year. You also have an opportunity to attend our state physical education convention from the start of your programming.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Student support services

The School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center is open year-round and coordinates academic advising support for education majors. Professional academic advisers develop personalized graduation plans for each student and provide preparatory support for the Praxis Core, Praxis II and the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin. Students are assigned faculty advisers when they're admitted to the program.

With the ever-changing role of technology in teaching, the UW-Stevens Point Innovation Space allows students to explore, learn and teach. You can connect your devices to one of two monitors to collaborate on group work or assignments. State-of-the art technology can also be used to connect with K-12 classrooms around the world.