All-level Physical Education Teacher Certification

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

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Program Coordinator
Xiaofen Keating

The undergraduate Physical Education Teacher Certification Program prepares physical education teachers and coaches to empower youth with the skills, knowledge, habits, and desire to be physically active and to make healthy choices now and for the rest of their lives. You will learn to teach youth about the importance of early motor skill development, regular physical activity, and how to live a healthy lifestyle at all ages.

You can become a physical education teacher by majoring in either Applied Movement Science or Youth and Community Studies. Be sure to talk to your advisor as he or she can help you determine which major best fits your career goals and complete the steps to becoming a teacher.

All students must apply to and participate in the Professional Development Sequence (PDS), our teacher preparation program, regardless of the degree path you choose in order to become certified. Our physical education PDS allows for students to earn up to 800 hours of classroom experience through fieldwork, observations, and student teaching.

The Physical Education Teacher Education faculty are committed to providing an outstanding curriculum that prepares you to teach in diverse schools. Our connection with Austin area public schools provides students with classroom experience that engages a broad range of children and families.

Faculty

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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 to physical education teacher education.