Develop leadership skills while helping generations of young people form empowering fitness habits. A bachelor’s degree in K–12 Physical Education from the University of Central Missouri empowers you with the knowledge, skills and outlook to build quality physical education programs at both the elementary and secondary levels.
The best physical education degrees train you to educate through engagement. By learning culturally responsive teaching practices at UCM, you’ll be able to meet students where they are. Teaching physical education requires empathy as much as skilled fitness instruction.
As a physical education teacher, it will be important for you to connect with students who have a wide variety of abilities and backgrounds. Whether it’s through the practice of yoga or teaching basketball moves for wheelchair users, UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Physical Education program will give you the tools to foster a love of movement in all your students.
A respected degree in Physical Education
The University of Central Missouri has been training educators for 150 years and counting. Our well-regarded program focuses on how to effectively teach all aspects of physical education so that you can adapt to the changing needs of students and modern learning environments.
DESE- and CAEP-accredited program
Nearly 100% employment rate
Hands-on, real-world experience
80+ years of teaching physical education
Small class sizes
Supportive, student-centered learning
The University of Central Missouri’s Physical Education degrees create highly skilled educators who can develop and implement a standards-based curriculum. You’ll learn a variety of curriculum models, including Teaching Games for Understanding and Sport Education.
Effectively teaching physical education requires differentiated instruction. Learn how to offer the same quality of teaching to all your students by gathering and applying data about how they learn. When you make informed decisions about what individual students need, you can challenge each of them to grow at the pace that’s right for them.
Learn to teach and assess your future students across all three learning domains — psychomotor, cognitive and affective — and how to embed social and emotional learning within a lesson.
While earning your bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at UCM, you’ll have the opportunity to take courses such as:
Hands-on experiences are essential for teaching physical education. Practice with your fellow physical education teacher candidates in class and spend 125–150 hours in local schools — plus additional time as a student teacher — before you graduate. During practicums, you’ll spend time in rural, suburban and urban settings so that you can teach K–12 anywhere in the state, and beyond.
This generous time in the field with elementary and secondary students, including students with disabilities, is designed to build your confidence teaching physical education:
Your bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri will prepare you for in-demand K–12 jobs in physical education. Teachers with a UCM degree in Physical Education enjoy nearly 100 percent placement rates and work in school districts across the country.
Some UCM graduates with Physical Education degrees choose to enter coaching after graduation. Some also pursue graduate degrees in pedagogy, coaching and related fields.
Whatever academic or professional trajectory you choose, your UCM Physical Education degree will empower you to become a change agent, leader and advocate in the field. You’ll be in good company, too — UCM faculty occupy many leadership roles in state, regional and national physical education organizations.
Learn more about jobs in physical education
Teaching physical education to students in K–12 settings is a highly desirable skill in Missouri and around the country. Use our interactive tool below to explore job trends for graduates with physical education degrees.
The experience and training to be a skilled physical education teacher is the foundation for an excellent career. With the University of Central Missouri’s commitment to low student debt, your bachelor’s degree in Physical Education is an even smarter investment in your future.
UCM provides significant financial aid to the majority of our students. With a wide array of grants, assistantships and scholarships to further offset our low tuition fees, we will work with you to find the best option to help finance your college education.
In addition to university-wide resources, you may be eligible for the following funding when you pursue your Physical Education degree:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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Increase your job opportunities after college and gain targeted, in-depth knowledge by adding a minor to your bachelor’s degree in Physical Education:
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