All-level Physical Education

A girl gets ready to bump a volleyball as her teacher and classmates look on.

Program Benefits

Small Class Sizes

Hands-on Learning

Up to 800 Classroom Hours

Study Abroad Options

Certification Passing Rate Exceeds 95%

The UT Austin process for becoming a physical education teacher is changing for freshmen and transfer students entering the University effective Fall 2021. You will need to be certified in a core subject area such as English Language Arts or Social Studies (please see our Urban Teachers program for options), math, or science before you can take an additional certification exam to teach Physical Education.

Incoming students will need to take the following steps:

  1. Apply to and be accepted to the University of Texas at Austin. We recommend Youth and Community Studies or one of our Kinesiology and Health Education programs as a major. Talk to an advisor to determine the best fit for you.
  2. After you start your academic career with us, you will need to apply to and participate in the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) for Future Teachers. Your advisor will let you know when you are eligible to apply.
  3. Pass the certification exam in your core subject area. You will be eligible to take the Physical Education certification exam afterward.

Current students who entered the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Spring 2021 should take the following steps:

  1. Meet with your advisor to review the courses you need to take.
  2. Take and pass the Physical Education certification exam. Check with your cohort coordinator to find out when you will be eligible.

Current Education students who are NOT in the PDS should take the following steps:

  1. Take 12 hours of Kinesiology courses required for Physical Education certification. Meet with your advisor to discuss the courses you may be missing.
  2. Apply to and participate in the Professional Development Sequence (PDS). The deadline is March 1, 2021.
  3. Take and pass the Physical Education certification exam. Check with your cohort coordinator to find out when you will be eligible.