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.
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
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
and adapted physical
, resulting in additional Wisconsin teacher
certifications in health 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
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.
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.
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
, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools
and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.
Student support services
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.