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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 the skills necessary to become qualified Physical Education teachers.

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


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


  • 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