Physical Education

Become a P.E. teacher and take action against one of our nation’s most pressing health problems. As a physical education teacher, you play a direct role in the lifetime health of your students. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever for young people to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and discover activities they actually enjoy.

Indiana University’s physical education program is administered through The School of Public Health (formerly known as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, or HPER).

Program of Study

Your kinesiology course work will be taught by School of Public Health professors, but you will take education course work offered collaboratively by faculty in the School of Public Health and the IU School of Education.

The program includes extensive work in schools at all grade levels, alongside your coursework, as well as an extensive student teaching experience in both an elementary and high school. We can also help you navigate the licensing process and find your first job as a P.E. teacher.

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience where you’ll test your understanding in real-world situations and refine your strategies for instruction and assessment based on your experiences. The School of Education will help you meet your student teaching requirements and assist with placement.

Degree Requirements

Visit the School of Public Health website to learn about physical education teacher education degree requirements and how to apply.


When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for an Indiana All School Settings license that enables you to teach at any grade level. Learn more about applying for your initial license »