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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

Why are students excited about UVM's Physical Education Program?

“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 and Student Teaching

Teachers InspireWe 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. You can choose to enroll in our coaching minor (see below) or the sports management minor. If you're interested in a diverse exercise and training experience, we also offer an exercise science concentration.

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 under the umbrella of Professional Physical Education.

Coaching Minor

Our coaching minor provides students with the opportunity to complete a series of courses in preparation for coaching sports activities at any age or skill level. The minor aims to educate students about 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.

Teaching Certificate Reciprocity

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

4 Year Plan for Career Success

Is UVM's PE 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 2016 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.


  • Educator, Physical Education
  • Coaching
  • Sports Management

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