Bachelor of Science in Physical Education approved
The UW System’s Board of Regents at its April meeting signed off on allowing UW–Madison’s Physical Education program to be offered under a new degree name.
Since 1990, those studying to become physical education teachers at UW–Madison have received a B.S. in Kinesiology, with a Physical Education option, or sub-major. Starting in Spring 2015, the existing Physical Education Teacher Education program will lead to a distinct B.S. in Physical Education. The program will remain within the Department of Kinesiology.
The move will elevate the program’s visibility, highlight its distinct curricular structure and continue to help students meet all of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards for teacher certification for physical education PK–12.
“It was difficult for students to even find us because physical education was not listed as a major on the university’s website,” says Ann Ward, the undergraduate program coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology. “So the added visibility is a very important piece. We’re also changing how we teach our methods courses so our students are better prepared for teaching.”
Enrollment is projected to remain steady, at 12 to 15 students per year, under the new structure.