Physical Education and Health P-12

Physical Education and Health P-12


Western’s Physical Education and Health P-12 program provides concentrated study of Physical and Health Education. Completion of requirements leads to Teacher Certification in P-12 Physical Education and Health (Health and Fitness). The program is unique, in that it consists of Physical Education pedagogy with practicum experiences at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels in diverse teaching environments which allow our students concentrated time to develop teaching strategies while working with children and adolescents in their schools.

The Physical Education and Health P-12 major leads to an endorsement in Health and Fitness and must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Western's Woodring College of Education.

Western's Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Physical Education and Health P-12 program has a 100% pass rate on the WEST-E Exam (a standardized content area test taken by all Physical Education/Health teacher candidates). No other university in Washington state can make that claim.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in teaching practicums but are also encouraged to join clubs or volunteer in order to make connections with other peers and professionals. 

“Western's Physical Education and Health program is intended to prepare highly qualified and determined students to become professional educators, and through my experience it has done much more – not only has it helped me build an outstanding professional background, but I have found a network of friends and mentors, have become confident in my future career choice, and have learned a tremendous amount of valuable information.”

–Nicole Akaran, Student


Sample Jobs

  • P-12 Physical Education Teacher
  • Health Education Teacher

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.