Career and Leadership Development

Physical Education

The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching offers the following majors: Broadfield Physical Education for teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) (BSE) and Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (BSE). The Physical Education major programs provide course work to prepare students to teach in elementary or secondary schools or to work in careers in fitness, recreation or sports. There are two options in the Physical Education Major: (1) A 54-unit major that includes coursework leading to a Broadfield (K-12) school teaching license; (2) A 35-unit Health, Human Performance and Recreation emphasis which requires a minor, leading to careers in the area of health promotion, exercise science, or recreation. Careers available in the Health, Human Performance and Recreation emphasis may be found in private health agencies, community recreation/leisure programming agencies, sports related businesses, corporate/community health, fitness programs and worksite wellness.

Broadfield Physical Education:
- The 54-unit licensure program gives the option of teaching in elementary or secondary level education. The Health, Human Performance, and Recreation program prepares the student to enter private health agencies, community recreation/leisure programming agencies, sports related businesses, corporate community health and fitness programs, and sports communication and facilities management.
- The 35-unit licensure major focuses on elementary education.
Elementary Major:
- Elementary majors with licensure are designed to prepare students to teach physical education to grades K-12 and K-9 respectively. To prepare for a career in physical education, skill, knowledge, and understanding of sports, gymnastics, swimming, dance, and basic motor concepts that relate to individual human performance must be acquired.

Emphases within the major:

K-12 (BSE)
Health, Human Performance and Recreation

Major skills acquired:

Acquiring knowledge related to the human body and how it moves and adapts to conditions resulting from movement
Becoming acquainted with characteristics and capabilities of students of all age and grade levels
Combining all of these skills, knowledge and practices into a program that is most successful for the target population and the teacher in producing physically educated people
Gaining skill in physical education activities taught in public schools
Learning and practicing a variety of methods and techniques of teaching as applied to all age and grade levels
Studying theory related to those activities
Degree without teaching licensure: Skills acquired are similar to those mentioned above, however, skills are applied to areas such as corporate and community fitness sports related business and facility management, and sports communication and recreation.

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Activity Leaders in Fitness Establishments
Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician or Assistant
Community Recreation Program Workers
Corporate Employee Recreation/Fitness Programs
Director, Recreation Center (195.167-026)
Health Promotion Consultant or Director
Manager, Golf Club (187.167-114)
Manager, Winter Sports (187.167-166)
Managers of Sport Facilities
Physical Education Teachers - any grade level (099.224-010)
Recreation Aide (195.367-030)
Recreation Facility Attendant (341.367-010)
Recreation Leader (195.227-014)
Recreation Supervisor (187.167-238)
Recreation Therapist (076.124-014)
Sales Representative - Recreation and Sporting goods (277.357-026)(227.357-058)
Senior Fitness Director
Sports Related Businesses
Sports Reporters/Writers (131.2629018)(131.262-014)
Technicians in Hospital Stress Testing Programs
Therapeutic Recreation Technician or Assistant
Wellness Director

Representative employers that have hired our students:

American Family Insurance - Madison, WI
Anchorage School District - Anchorage, AK
Anytime Fitness - Oregon, WI
Arrowhead High School - Hartland, WI
Bally Total Fitness - Brookfield, WI
Bally Total Fitness - Chicago, IL
Bally Total Fitness - Schaumburg, IL
Beloit Schools - Beloit, WI
Beloit Snappers - Beloit, WI
Boys and Girls Club - Janesville, WI
Burlington Area School District - Burlington, WI
Burlington Wellness Center - Burlington, WI
Cambridge Schools - Cambridge, WI
City of Slinger - Slinger, WI
Cudahy School District - Cudahy, WI
East Troy School District - East Troy, WI
Erin Elementary School - Hartford, WI
Gottlieb Health & Fitness - Melrose Park, IL
Hartford Schools - Hartford, WI
High Expectations - Beaver Dam, WI
Houston Independent School District - Houston, TX
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
Kenosha School District - Kenosha, WI
Madison Avenue H & R Club - Fort Atkinson, WI
Madison Metropolitan School District - Kenosha, WI
Madison School Community Recreation - Madison, WI
Market Square Fitness Center - Madison, WI
Mercy Hospital - Janesville, WI
Merton Elementary - Merton, WI
Milwaukee Metro YMCA - Cudahy, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota State University - Mankato, MN
Mukwonago High School - Mukwonago, WI
Norris Adolescent Center - Mukwonago, WI
North Chicago Community High School - North Chicago, IL
Northside Intermediate School - Milton, WI
Northwest Health Club - Minneapolis, MN
Northwest Military Naval Academy - Lake Geneva, WI
Nutra Fit - Sussex, WI
Oregon School District - Oregon, WI
Pabst Farms YMCA - Oconomowoc, WI
Pauder High School - Fort Collins, CO
Plano ISD - Plano, TX
Port Washington School District - Port Washington, WI
Prairie Athletic Club - Sun Prairie, WI
Princeton Club East - Madison, WI
Pulaski School District - Pulaski, WI
Racine Unified School District - Racine, WI
Randout Elementary - Lake Forest, IL
RB Publishing - Madison, WI
Ready-Go - Milwaukee, WI
Richmond Schools - Richmond, IL
Robotic Fitness - Omaha, NE
San Diego Unified School District - San Diego, CA
Sharon Community School - Sharon, WI
Sheboygan County YMCA - Sheboygan, WI
Sheboygan School District - Sheboygan, WI
Slinger Elementary School - Slinger, WI
Slinger High School - Slinger, WI
Southport Fitness Center - Kenosha, WI
Southwest YMCA - Greenfield, WI
St. John the Baptist School - Jefferson, WI
St. Mary-s School - Janesville, WI
Stone Bank School District - Oconomowoc, WI
Stoughton School District - Stoughton, WI
Symons Recreation Complex - Richland Center, WI
The Abby Spa - Fontana, WI
Trevor School - Lake Geneva, WI
University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Urban Middle School - Sheboygan, WI
Walworth Joint School District #1 - Walworth, WI
Waunakee School District - Waunakee, WI
West Allis Athletic Club - West Allis, WI
Whitefish Bay School District - Whitefish Bay, WI
Whitnall School District - Greenfield, WI
Wisconsin Lutheran College - Mukwonago, WI
YMCA - Various Locations throughout Wisconsin

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Ausin - Peay University - Clarksville, TN
Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL
Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR
Clemson University - Clemson, SC

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW - Whitewater Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Coaching
Departmental Office, Williams Center, Room 123
Phone: 262-472-1140

NOTE: Students interested in teaching would greatly benefit from acquiring at least one minor in order to be more marketable in a school system. The Health minor is most complimentary to the Physical Education major. A graduate without teaching licensure should plan to acquire an advanced degree to gain promotion to supervisory or management levels. It is also recommended to obtain an Adaptive Licensure to increase marketability.