Physical Education Teaching (Minor)

Physical Education Teaching (Minor)
UNH Physical Education students in the climbing wall gym in NH Hall

What is physical education teaching?

This minor is for anyone interested in becoming a physical education teacher. The courses will give you the necessary skills and experiences to go on to become a teacher through a Master’s in Education program. If you are interested in working with children and youth in educational settings, this program is for you.

Why study physical education teaching at UNH?

The Health and Physical Education (HPE) program is the top-ranked undergraduate program in all of New England. There is some flexibility in this minor so that it can be tailored toward elementary or secondary teaching of physical education.

Potential careers

  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  • Physical Activity Program Leader
  • Physical Education Teacher

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Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in Physical Education Teaching is for students with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree to teach physical education after completing their undergraduate degree at UNH. The coursework and practicum experiences lay the foundation for understanding teaching using best practices in the physical education field.  The courses provide a foundation in how to teach physical education along with specific instruction on teaching pupils with disabilities. A combination of activity-based courses and field experiences at a local elementary, middle or high school give students a true sense for what teaching physical education is all about. Upon completion of this minor, students will have the baseline content knowledge and experience to teach physical education if they choose to pursue teaching certification at the graduate school level. 

HPE 610Elementary Physical Education Pedagogy4
HPE 655Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Pedagogy4
HPE 781Introduction to Adapted Physical Education4
HPE 603Team Sports3
KIN 501First Aid: Responding to Emergencies1
HPE 570Elementary Physical Education Practicum4
or HPE 766 Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Practicum
Total Credits20

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