Education: Physical Education & Health

Professional Preparation
Programs in the School of Education build on the theme “Best Practices Make the Difference.” The School of Education prepares teachers who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective, reflective practitioners. Education programs are designed to develop communication skills, knowledge of content and how to teach that content, and human relations. Teacher candidates must demonstrate that they have these competencies.

A Proud Tradition
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been preparing teachers since 1866 and was the first normal school in the state. The school takes great pride in this tradition and is committed to the continuation of quality in its educational offerings and programs.

Physical Education, Health Education, Health Promotion and Athletics
The variety of programs available in health and physical education offers students emphases in a number of areas. The traditional preparations for teaching and coaching are supported by offerings in adaptive physical education, athletic training and internships in the YWCA and YMCA, youth clubs and corporate/club fitness centers.

Degrees Offered
The Bachelor of Science degree in physical education provides excellent preparation for teaching and coaching. Teaching licensure covers birth to age 21. The health promotion emphasis prepares students for employment in fitness centers, and YWCA/YMCA-type programs.

Twelve faculty members provide varied and extensive backgrounds of training, teaching and coaching experience. Their experience spans years of responsibilities in both teaching and coaching in public and private schools and institutions of higher learning. Faculty advisers work closely with students on class scheduling and provide counseling through a variety of professional and personal decisions.

Williams Fieldhouse is home to the health and physical education program and the department of intercollegiate athletics. The fieldhouse provides seven basketball courts, six volleyball courts, six tennis courts, racquetball courts, a weight room, a pool, an indoor track, a fitness lab, and a dance studio, plus offices and classrooms. An outdoor complex contains an eight-lane track, the Kendall Murray baseball field, soccer field, three football practice fields, six intramural fields and Ralph Davis Stadium, which seats 10,000 spectators. These facilities enhance extensive physical education, intramural, recreation, and athletic programs for both men and women.

Athletic Programs
UW-Platteville is committed to offering quality intercollegiate athletic programs that include seven competitive programs for men and six for women. The university traditionally holds NCAA III affiliations. Students' interest and commitment dictate university support.

Summer Camps
The athletic department in conjunction with auxiliary services provides support for numerous special camps for high school students, including cheerleading, volleyball, basketball and football.

Intramural, Recreational and Special Programs
Intramural sports at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is recognized as an integral part of the students' education. The combination of concentrated academic study and intramural sports participation affords the opportunity for all students to better their professional training and enrich their recreational interests and abilities. The programs offered deal with team and individual sports to meet present interests and future needs. The leagues vary from the highly competitive league to the recreational league where fun and entertainment are the important ingredients.

Employment Opportunities
Faculty advisors track current opportunities and employment trends in all teaching areas. Graduating students with good credentials who are willing to relocate should find a number of suitable teaching positions. Supply, demand, and salary vary by region and state. Past graduates are employed throughout Wisconsin, in other states and around the world.

For More Information
For more information, write the
Director of the School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
You may also call 608-342-1131 for information or check out our website at For general information on UW-Platteville and its programs, write the
Office of Admission and Enrollment Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

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