Physical Education All Grade (B.S.)


The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in physical education for students who wish to obtain licensure to teach physical education in preschool through grade 12.

The physical education major combines theoretical knowledge with practical application working with students in area schools. Beginning with their first year on campus, students are progressively guided through experiences that prepare them for successful careers in teaching. Students have numerous opportunities to apply concepts of teaching in high school, middle school, and elementary school settings, culminating with a semester-long student teaching experience.

Coursework in the major includes skill proficiencies in areas such as the following:

  • Fitness, net sports, team sports, and dance
  • Human growth and motor development
  • Social behavioral aspects of physical education
  • Teaching theory and methods

Minors are available in coaching, dance, strength and conditioning, or any other fields of students' interest.

The department offers opportunities for on-site learning in education and professional areas of study, and for laboratory experience in pedagogy, physiology, biomechanics, and sports activity. Instruction is centered in our 230,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building.

The University is a leader in the state in using technology to enhance learning to teach. In the Instructional Analysis Laboratory, physical education teaching majors use specialized computer software programs to plan lessons and analyze their teaching performance.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized for their expertise in teacher education. Relatively small class sizes make it possible for students to receive individual attention. Through our developmentally designed micro-teaching, early field experiences, and student teaching experiences, students get a real sense of what it means to be a teacher. 

Students may join the KRS Club (Organization for Students in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport) and engage in social activities such as intramurals and bowling events. Service learning opportunities are available including activities working with children in physical activity settings and supporting local health-related organizations.

In addition, numerous opportunities exist in Terre Haute and surrounding communities for students to volunteer with children and adults as coaches, instructors, and mentors. These include the Boys and Girls Club, community centers, sports centers, the Family Y, and the school corporation after-school programs.

Required Courses


Graduates of the Physical Education Teaching Program are qualified to take the state licensing exam for teaching physical education in preschool through grade 12.

Our alumni have made (and continue to make) significant contributions in the areas of teaching, exercise science/fitness, and coaching.

In addition, the Physical Education Teacher Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport offers a variety of scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport
Indiana State University