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.

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 2017 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.


  • Educator, Physical Education
  • Coaching
  • Sports Management

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