University of Vermont

Physical Education Program

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Field Experiences

In addition to student teaching experiences at both the elementary and secondary levels, students also spend a minimum of 60 hours observing and participating in both elementary and secondary school classrooms. These opportunities help students recognize the relationship between theory and practice in the physical education profession.


The Physical Education program is approved by the Vermont State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Teacher Education/Physical Education (Grades PreK-12), (Bachelor of Science)

The Professional Physical Education Program qualifies candidates for licensure to teach in grades PreK-12. Course work around the program theme, “Moving and Learning,” includes a series of courses designed to provide a background to the field of physical education. Specialty courses assist the student in the development of physical education program content and teaching skills important in providing developmentally appropriate programs of physical education to children and youth in today’s schools. Laboratory experiences in schools throughout the program aid students in recognizing the relationship between theory and practice. Students also receive a solid foundation in exercise science allowing a broader depth of knowledge in physical activity.

Courses in general education and professional education as well as a liberal arts and sciences major concentration are required. A major concentration in Exercise and Sport Science is available to students in the Physical Education program. The number of electives depends on the degree of course overlap in the general education, major concentration, and diversity requirements. It is possible to have one course fulfill two requirements but the credits only count once.

For more information about coursework for this program, please visit our Student Services web site.

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