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Physical Education

School of Education Physical Education Degree

Major, Undergrad Teaching Certification

create a lifelong passion for personal and physical activity

The need for a quality physical education program in schools has never been more important. School physical education programs offer the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. Graduates of the UW-Stevens Point physical education program assess student knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor’s degree and Wisconsin teaching license in Physical Education, grades K-12.

In addition, the majority of our physical education majors also earn a minor and teaching license in health, grades K-12 and over half earn an additional license to teach adaptive physical education, grades K-12.

Why study Physical Education at UW-Stevens Point?

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in K-12 classrooms and schools. This includes practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to teach physical education lessons to elementary and secondary school students, with and without disabilities. Student teaching is 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. 
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Field Experiences

The responsibility of the Office of Field Experiences is to provide quality field experiences for students enrolled in the teacher education program at UW-Stevens Point. These experiences, such as student teaching, involve our students and instructors in practical activities with cooperating teachers and administrators in actual schools and educational agencies.
Hired Before Graduation
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Hired Before Graduation

Emily Carlson ’22

Emily Carlson was hired before graduation at Menasha High School as a teacher for Physical Education, Health Education, Adapted PE, Strength and Conditioning.
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Ranked #2 in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked second in the nation according to Study.com.
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Community and Centers

Through many School of Education centers and programs, our students may observe the development process in young children and then apply principles discussed in teaching method classes to real life situations.
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Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point School of Education alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow UWSP teacher near you? Start with our map.
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What to Expect? 

Student teaching is 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. We allow our students to student teach anywhere within Wisconsin, as well opportunities in the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Alaska, pending availability of appropriate assignments.

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ In the past three years, 100% of our physical education majors have secured teaching positions within one year of graduation. 

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. 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

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and varied professional development opportunities, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. 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 conference every year. You also have an opportunity to attend our state physical education convention from the start of your programming. Students are also encouraged to get involved in our Aspiring Educators student organization.

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.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.
Paul Haas

Paul Haas

  • Lecturer – Physical Education
715-346-2889
Ann Hockett

Ann Hockett

  • Instructor – Physical Education
  • Best Practices in Health and Physical Education Academy-Liaison, DPI and University of Wisconsin
Kristi Roth

Kristi Roth

  • Professor
  • Chair – Common Council
715-346-3360
Tim Wright

Tim Wright

  • Associate Professor – Physical Education
  • Program Coordinator – Physical Education major, Health Education minor, Adapted Physical Education Certificate
715-346-4822
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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.