Physical Education Teacher Education

A boy and a girl turn cartwheels while other children run on a playground.

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Program Area Coordinator
Xiaofen Keating

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Program Area Advisor
Louis Harrison

UT Austin is one of only twenty institutions in the country that offers doctoral degree plans in Physical Education Teacher Education. We offer degrees that empirically contribute to contemporary education and physical activity settings in which children can be motivated to stay active and healthy.

  • M.A. (Report or Thesis)
  • M.Ed. (Coursework or With K-12 Teacher Certification)
  • Ph.D.

Through empirical research and best pedagogical practice, students enrolled in these degree plans experience highly interactive course work. As the health of children and adolescents becomes an increasingly important topic, our students will become experts in the factors that influence their motor performance, knowledge, dispositions, and abilities related to physical activity participation and health.

Coursework focuses on the research of:

  • teaching in physical education,
  • teacher education in physical education,
  • curriculum,
  • supervision,
  • analysis of teaching, and
  • cultural influences in physical activity and education settings.

Students are required to conduct independent research projects. Graduates from our program have excellent opportunities for job placement in academia, research institutions, and the public sector.

Faculty

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Darla Castelli

Professor

Studies the relationship between physical activity and cognitive performance in children and adolescents.

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Louis Harrison

Professor

Explores issues in race and culture in physical activity and sport as well as identity development patterns of African Americans.

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Xiaofen Keating

Associate Professor

Researches fitness education, physical activity promotion among k-16 students, and technologies related physical education teacher education.