The undergraduate teaching major prepares students to teach pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade physical education and sixth through twelfth grade health. The program emphasizes topics such as fitness and instructional technology, observational analysis and assessment, content and curriculum, motor development, and methods of teaching.         

Most semesters, students participate in practicum experiences with Pre K-12 students. The program has high expectations for our students and expects them to be engaged in the major while becoming expert teachers at all levels and in all contexts.

The Ball State Health and Physical Education Teaching major provides an outstanding preparation for students as evidenced by a passing rate of 100% by our students on the National Teaching Exam (currently PRAXIS II; PEARSON effective August, 2015).

Health and Physical Education Teaching Program Points of Distinction

  1. One of only 3 universities in Indiana to earn National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) recognition for physical education teacher education.
  2. Upon completion of the physical education undergraduate degree, all students will be licensed to teach pre-kindergarten through grade 12 physical education in the state of Indiana.
  3. 100% pass rate in taking in the physical education, teacher education licensure exam prior to graduation.
  4. Variety of opportunities to work with and expose students to pioneering equipment and technology (e.g., Dartfish TV, accelerometers, activity monitors, heart rate monitors, and pedometers.
  5. Active student’s organization, Physical Education Student Association (PESA), which fosters professional partnerships, social gatherings, and community outreach programming.
  6. Practicum and experiential learning experiences with Pre K-12 students in a public and or private school setting available all semesters of our curriculum.
  7. Immersive learning experiences lead by our undergraduate students and supported by our PETE faculty that provide community outreach and support for youth living in Muncie. 

For more information see our Health and Physical Education Teaching Program brochure or contact Andrew Eberline.