Teaching PreK-12 Physical Education

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The concentration in Teaching PreK-12 Physical Education in Vermont State’s B.S. in Physical Education program prepares you to become a physical education teacher for grades pre- K-12.

We’ll show you how to inspire a lifelong love of physical activity and bring out the best in your students through a program aligned with the teacher education guidelines of the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America and the Vermont Agency of Education.

You'll also be able to improve your own skill competency in our athletic facilities or through a variety of individual and team sports, winter activities, aquatics, racquet sports, wellness activities, and much more. You can also double-major in Health Education — or choose to minor in Adventure Education, Coaching, or School Health.

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Lisa Pleban

Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education


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Why Study Teaching PreK-12 Physical Education at Vermont State

  • Hands-On Day-One: In the Teaching PreK-12 Physical Education Concentration, you will practice what you learn from the start, working with students in local schools across age groups. You’ll accrue at least 80 hours of field experience even before your student teaching begins!  
  • Networking Opportunities: You’ll have chances to work directly with special populations of students, coach youth sports and activity programs, and network with the program’s alumni at state and regional conferences. These experiences will allow you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful educator. 
  • Strong Reputation: A physical education teaching degree from Vermont State opens doors. The Physical Education program has a long history of preparing graduates to deliver quality physical education in Vermont schools. Employers are aware of the program’s enduring reputation for producing exceptional health and physical education teachers. 

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Sample Courses

  • Methods of Teaching Elementary PE 
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary PE 
  • Teaching Net and Racquet Sports 
  • Teaching Team Motor Skills 
  • Technology for Health and Physical Education 

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Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education

  • Castleton Campus


  • Castleton Campus

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