Physical Education Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Physical education colleges and universities in the U.S. offer undergraduate and graduate degrees for aspiring physical education teachers. Physical education students can also pursue degrees in health-related areas such as kinesiology.

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Physical education degree programs train future teachers to help students maintain their fitness and well-being. Common topics of study in a physical education degree program can range from sports history and ethics to sports program management.

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  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Sport and Fitness Management
  • Sports Medicine

Schools with Physical Education Programs

Below is a list of schools that provide students with a variety of physical education studies.

College/University Location Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Bachelor's, Master's $10,158 (in-state), $25,458 (out-of-state)
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,806 (in-state), $34,676 (out-of-state)
Texas A&M Austin, Texas Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,176 (in-state), $28,768 (out-of-state)
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, California Bachelor's, Master's $6,452 (in-state), $17,612 (out-of-state)
University of Houston Houston, Texas Bachelor's, Master's $8,759 (in-state), $20,519 (out-of-state)
San Diego State University San Diego, CA Bachelor's $6,976 (in-state), $18,136 (out-of-state)
The University of North Texas Denton, TX Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,730 (in-state), $19,090 (out-of-state)
Brigham Young University-Provo Provo, Utah Bachelor's $5,150
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA Bachelor's $20,109

Source: NCES

College Selection Criteria

Considerations in choosing a quality physical education program may include:

  • Make sure the PE program aligns with your career goals and objectives, whether you want to teach, coach or work in fitness instruction and personal training.
  • Check whether the degree program prepares you for your state teaching licensure if you plan to work in a public school.
  • See what kind of student teaching or classroom experiences the program includes.

Students interested in studying physical education can find bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. When choosing a school, prospective students may want to keep in mind tuition costs, career goals in this broad field and teaching licensure prep.

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