B.S. Physical Education Teacher Education

Create brighter futures through physical education

Physical education teachers transform lives. For many children, they’re the first adults to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Studying at IU Indianapolis puts you in the nation’s first physical education teacher education program. Knowledge gained is grounded on the guidelines of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and other professional recommendations. Upon graduation, you’ll meet all standards of the Indiana Department of Education and earn an all-grade Indiana teacher’s license for physical education.

Along the way, you’ll fulfill student teaching and become a member of the nation’s foremost advocates for physical activity.

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What jobs can you land after graduating?

  • After school program director
  • Athletic administrator
  • Community health educator
  • Director of school-based physical activity program
  • Director of sports programming
  • Health teacher or educator
  • Interscholastic sports coach
  • Physical education teacher (K–12)
  • Youth camp director
  • Youth sports coach
Curtis Keppel

By studying physical education teacher education [PETE], I hope to strongly impact students to be the best version of themselves physically, emotionally, and cognitively.

Curtis Keppel, PETE student

20%Expected growth rate of coaches & scouts from 2021 to 2031

$57,450U.S. average salary for coaches & scouts

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A degree that combines a passion for teaching with a focus on physical activity and wellness.
At a school renowned for physical education instruction, with more than 150 years of experience.
With a physical education teacher education major from IUPUI School of Health & Human sciences, you'll be immersed into opportunities to reach pre-k through grade 12 students before you even graduate.
Your student teaching experience will set the foundation for shaping lives through physical and health education.
Our physical education program dates back to 1866, meaning you'll be a part of not only the most historic program at IUPUI, but the oldest physical education program in the nation.
You'll earn a degree that meets all standards of the Indiana Department of Education and is found on the guidelines of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
As a graduate, you'll be dually licensed in physical and health education and be able to
teach at all grade levels in Indiana.
And, our graduates also serve as team coaches, after-school program directors, principals, athletic directors, and youth sports organization leaders.
And with Indy as your classroom, you'll have opportunities to learn, teach, and support local students while working toward your degree.
This is a degree that moves and inspires others to live well.