Physical Education Teaching (Minor)

Physical Education Teaching (Minor)

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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


Department of Kinesiology
New Hampshire Hall, 124 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2071

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 via best practices in the physical education field.  The two "Pedagogy" courses address the methods and effective teaching strategies to be incorporated when instructing elementary and secondary school-aged pupils, while the inclusion course focuses on teaching pupils with disabilities.  The Team Sports course addresses seven sports-with the goal of students being able to develop personal competency as players and also confident teachers of the sports, via a "tactical games approach".  The culminating course/field-based experience will involve observing and teaching in a local school (Elementary or Middle/Secondary PE Practicum), to give students a true sense for what teaching physical education is all about.  Upon completion of this minor, students will have the knowledge and experience to feel comfortable teaching 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 781Inclusion in Physical Education4
HPE 603Team Sports3
KIN 501First Aid: Responding to Emergencies1
HPE 570Elementary Physical Education Practicum4
or HPE 666 Middle School and Secondary Physical Education Practicum
Total Credits20

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