Be active

Bag of tennis balls
Physical Education student throwing a ball
Kayaking on Lake Champlain
Looking up at the tower of Ira Allen chapel
Student biking on UVM path
Girls running
Studying exercising in fitness center

"The interactive classes give you a better perception on how to teach in the real world, and inform you on the evolving education system today."  Candice Wright ('19)

Experiential Learning in the Field

We emphasize hands-on learning, student teaching experiences, and a variety of professional pathways. Building on academic and field experiences, our students develop the knowledge and skills needed for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for youth. Our program emphasizes the importance and effect of physical activity and exercise on the health and well-being of all individuals, and expands into related areas such as coaching and leadership.

You can choose to enroll in our Exercise and Sport Science Concentration (see below), Coaching Minor (see below), or the Sports Management Minor.

Exercise and Sport Science Concentration

Education students in the college are required to take an additional area of focus as part of their undergraduate experience. Our Exercise and Sport Science Major Concentration allows you to pursue further study in areas of athletic performance, coaching, strength and conditioning and general sports science, beyond the typical licensure requirement courses. The concentration focuses more on elements of improving athletic performance through more in-depth study of research, coaching styles, strength and conditioning and nutrition.

Coaching Minor

Our Coaching Minor provides a series of courses in preparation for coaching sports activities at any age or skill level. The minor gives you knowledge and skills regarding age-appropriate exercise, coaching methods and ethics, instructional techniques, and practical coaching experiences. Classes include philosophies of coaching, coaching ethics and legal issues, and the science of strength training and conditioning. See Coaching Minor Requirements for more information.

Teaching Certificate Reciprocity

UVM's nationally accredited teacher education programs enjoy reciprocity with over 50 other states and Canadian provinces, so you will be ready to teach almost anywhere. See our Licensure page for more information.

Major Requirements

Overview & Requirements

Sample 4-Year Plan

Fall Credits Spring Credits
EDPE 055: Special Topics I (Games Education) 3 EDHE 146: Personal Health 3
ENGS 001: Written Expression 3 RMS 157: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury 3
EDSP 005: D2: Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities 3 QR: Quantitative Reasoning 3
HDFS 005: Human Development 3 ECLD 056: D1: Language Policy Issues, Race and School 3
Humanities 3 EDFS 002: School and Society 3
Learning Community Course (LC) 1 - 3    
Semester Total: 16 - 18 Semester Total: 15
Fall Credits Spring Credits
ANPS 019: Undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 EDFS 203: History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Education 3
EDPE 055: Special Topics I (Fitness Education) 3 ANPS 020: Undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
HST 011: US History to 1865
3 EDPE 104: Physical Education Teaching Experience 4
SU: Sustainability Course 3 Elective 4
PSYS 001: Intro to Psychological Sciences 3    
Semester Total: 16 Semester Total: 13
Fall Credits Spring Credits
EDPE 166: Kinesiology 3 EDPE 155: Physical Education in Secondary School 4
EDPE 220: Sports in Society 3 EXSC 240: Motor Skill Learning and Control 3
EDPE 105: Physical Education Teaching Experience 4 EDPE 191: Independent Study 3
EXSC 260: Adapted Physical Activity 3 EDPE 230: Philosophy of Coaching 3
EDPE 023: American Red Cross Emergency Response 3    
Semester Total: 16 Semester Total: 13
Fall Credits Spring Credits
EDPE 167: Exercise Physiology 4 EDPE 181: Student Teaching 12
EDPE 055: Special Topics I (Methods of Dance and Gymnastics) 3 EDPE 182: Student Teaching Seminar 2
EDPE 265: Exercise and Sports Science 3    
EDPE 267: Science of Strength Training and Conditioning 3    
Elective 3    
Semester Total: 16 Semester Total: 14



Is UVM's Physical Education Program for you?

  • Strong student teacher practicum experiences
  • Hands-on, interactive learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Easy access to faculty and academic advising
  • Varied licensure, concentration and minor pathways

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Graduate employment rate


of CESS graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating (2016-2018).


  • Educator, Physical Education
  • Coaching
  • Sports Management

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