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Health & Physical Education Major

UIndy’s health and physical education (HPE) program prepares students for teaching health and physical education in the K–12 school system. You’ll begin working with students in the classroom from your very first semester of education coursework, developing teaching strategies in motor learning, communication, assessment, collaboration and use of technology.  

To be eligible for an all-grade teaching license, you must take 61.5 credit hours in health and physical education in addition to the general courses for all-grade education majors, offered through the Department of Teacher Education. You can complete the program in four years.

UIndy’s HPE program is recognized for quality teachers and excellent employment placement. In recent years, HPE graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Praxis II, a standardized exam for teacher licensure, and despite a slow economy, 100% of the 2012–2014 graduates are employed.

“Having the opportunity to be in several classrooms, observing several teachers and witnessing different school environments was extremely valuable. I never tried to model one specific teacher or teaching style, but tried to infuse the best of everything to reach all my students in different ways. The field experiences brought teaching to life!”
Zach Kelley

Program strengths

  • High standards for achievement in the classroom
  • Small class sizes allow students to receive personal attention
  • Real-world experience through projects with local school systems
  • Exposure to actual teaching practice early in your education
  • Employment placement – most students are placed in a teaching position immediately following graduation

National accreditation

We maintain the highest professional teaching standards through accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Indiana Professional Standards Advisory Board. We also closely follow the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

Teaching placements for students and grads have included:

  • Carmel-Clay Schools
  • Decatur Township Schools
  • Franklin Community Schools
  • Franklin Township Schools
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Lawrence Township Schools
  • Mount Vernon Community Schools
  • Perry Township Schools
  • Plainfield Schools
  • Warren Township Schools
  • Washington Township Schools
  • Wayne Township Schools 

Potential careers in health and physical education

  • Teaching health for middle or high school students
  • Teaching physical education (K-12)
  • Coaching (K-12)

This degree also serves as a foundation for:

  • Becoming an athletic director (K-12)
  • Becoming a school guidance counselor (K-12) 
  • Obtaining a building administration license (K-12)

Certification opportunities

Students will also receive the opportunity to become certified in American Red Cross Water Safety instruction and National Association for Sport and Physical Education Best, which are highly sought by employers. 


Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a health and physical education major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the health and physical education curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in health and physical education. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.