Teaching and learning by doing is what School Health Education with a concentration in Physical Education offers. Students will be prepared to participate in every aspect of the coordinated school health model. The program is delivered by faculty with a broad range of specialties including teaching methods in both School Health and Physical Education. Additionally students are exposed to an array of coursework that includes but is not limited to; Child and adolescent health, Stress management, Substance abuse prevention, Human sexuality, Disease prevention, Curriculum design and implementation, Teaching students with special needs, Motor learning, Physiology of exercise and Biometrics. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog 

How do I explore Physical Education at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in HEA 123 Introduction to Community Health or EDU 102 Experiences of Schooling and EDU 103 Foundations of Diversity/Knowledge in American Education (EDU 102 & 103 are taken concurrently and require permission from the department for non majors).
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Physical Education? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF does not have a minor in in Physical Education; however, several minors are closely related – Community Health, Child and Adolescent Health, Coaching, and Physical Fitness.  Click here for more information. Related majors include Community Health Education and Community Health Education with a Teaching Concentration.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

The program is new to UMF. The degree with certification will prepare you for employment in a variety of school-based physical education settings.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major:  Dr. Maurice (Bud) Martin, Chair, Education Building,, 207-778-7181.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office) and bring it to Dr. Martin (Education Center 219C) or Kimberly Ladd (, Education Center 324). Additional materials, including PRAXIS scores, may be required.

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