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Idaho State University

Physical Education Teaching Major

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The Human Performance and Sport Studies department at Idaho State University offers a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education with a teaching emphasis. In completing the program, candidates will gain skills necessary to become qualified Physical Education teachers. Learning goals for Physical Education teaching candidates include:

B.S. Physical Education, with a Physical Education Emphasis

Preparing professional educators to teach physical education and management.

  • Physical Education Graduation Requirements
  • Physical Education Core (9 credits)
  • Teaching Emphasis (41 credits)
    • Objective 1:  Develop teaching skills in a variety of physical activities (10 credits)
    • Objective 2:  Understand the basic foundations of human activity (10 credits)
    • Objective 3:  Develop skills required for teaching physical education (9 credits)
    • Objective 4:  Understand and develop general pedagogical skills and teacher effectiveness (14 credits)

(Completed by K-12 Teacher Certification in Physical Education)

Community Sport Programs

Meets NASPE Content Standards in Physical Education


ISU Catalog, Physical  Education

Physical Education Coursework

Physical Education Prerequisites

Physical Education Portfolio Requirements

Career Opportunities- Teaching

  • Elementary PE Teacher
  • Junior High/Middle School PE Teacher
  • High School PE Teacher
  • Junior/Community College Teacher
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Overseas School Programs
  • Military School Programs
  • Community Recreation/Sports Programs
  • Corporate Recreation Programs
  • Commercial Sports Clubs
  • Youth-Serving Agencies
  • Preschools
  • Health Clubs
  • Military Personnel Programs
  • Resort Sports Programs
  • Geriatric Programs
  • Correctional Institution Programs
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Dance Instruction
  • Personal Trainer
  • Career Opportunities - Coaching

    • Interscholastic
    • Intercollegiate
    • Commercial Sport Camps
    • Commercial Sport Clubs
    • Community Sport Programs
    • Military Sport Programs

Marketable Skills

  • Organization
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Human Relations
  • Leadership
  • Instructional Skills
  • Motivational Skills
  • Computer-Based Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Managerial Skills
  • Demonstration Skills
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
  • Sports Injuries - Care and Prevention
  • Knowledge of Health and Wellness
  • Knowledge of Motor Skills Learning
  • Program design and implementation