Where the classroom blends with hands on experiential learning

The Health and Physical Education Education degree program allows students to be qualified to teach in the public or private sector, as well as work in any field related to physical activity and wellness. UNK students have the opportunity to complete interactive experiences in a variety of health and physical education settings beginning their freshman year. The Health and PE faculty believes in the value of hands-on learning and help guide students in these field experiences throughout their collegiate career to develop quality educators who make a difference in the lives of students.

All educational programs in this major can be completed in a four year time frame and require a maximum of 120 hours or less of education preparation. There are many options when selecting an endorsement area in Health and Physical Education.  


of our Graduates

receive employment within the first year of graduation

Grad Cap

100% pass rate

of the PRAXIS II in the past three years


hours of

experiential teaching/learning completed prior to student teaching per year

Experiential Learning Programs

Physical Education and Health Teaching programs at the University of Nebraska are designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of settings. Staff of the program utilize experiential learning early in their academic career to be prepared for future employment


Kids Fitness Day

Kids Fitness Day

Nebraska Kids Fitness Day brings over 900 children onto the UNK campus where are majors teach health and physical activities to the students.

Teaching Lab

Home School Teaching Lab

Home School Teaching Lab provides our majors the opportunity to develop lesson plans, practice teaching, and behavior management strategies with over 100 children from the surround area throughout the year.

Zion Teaching Practicum

Zion Teaching Practicum

Zion Teaching Practicum: HPE majors complete a semester long practicum where they are the Physical Education teachers at a local school.