ESS Major: Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education (Grades K-12) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Completion of the Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education (PASHE) Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching licenses:

  • Physical Education, grades K-12 (1530),
  • Adapted Physical Education, grades K-12 (1860), and
  • Health, grades K-12 (1910).

Students in all teacher education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.

Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in physical, adapted, and school health education (PASHE, grades K-12) must meet specific program admission criteria

Retention and advancement

Teacher candidates may be retained in their teacher education program provided they fulfill the conditions described in the SOE retention policy. Students must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching as described in the Student Teaching and Internship Policy. Additional SOE program requirements, including the culminating assessment of pedagogical knowledge, are described on the SOE catalog page.

First aid certification

Physical, adapted, and school health education majors must possess an American Red Cross First Aid or equivalent agency certification prior to student teaching. 


Required general education courses (9 credits)

EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers 1, 43
EDS 206Multicultural Education 2, 43
HED 207Youth Health Issues 33
Total Credits9

Major requirements (89 credits)

Courses not requiring admission to PASHE
ESS 118Foundations of Physical and School Health Education 52
ESS 121Teaching Adventure Education in Physical Education 52
ESS 200Introduction to Teaching Methods in Physical and School Health Education 62
ESS 205Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I3
ESS 206Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science II3
ESS 207Human Motor Behavior 43
ESS 212Teaching Fundamental Movement Skills in Physical Education 53
ESS 230Functional Health Knowledge for School Health Education3
ESS 231Introduction to Teaching Adapted Physical Education 4, 53
ESS 232Adapted Lifetime Recreation and Sport2
ESS 302Physiology of Exercise3
ESS 304Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement Assessment and Analysis for Educators2
ESS 331Disability and Physical Activity Implications2
Courses requiring admission to PASHE
ESS 300Assessment in Physical and School Health Education2
ESS 310Teaching Outdoor Pursuits in Physical Education2
ESS 330Skill Development in School Health Education2
ESS 361Physical Education, School Health Education, and Physical Activity Lab I1
ESS 362Physical Education, School Health Education, and Physical Activity Lab II1
ESS 363Teaching Dance in Physical Education2
ESS 364Teaching Fitness and Wellness in Physical Education2
ESS 366Teaching Target, Net and Wall Activities in Physical Education2
ESS 367Teaching Invasion and Striking and Fielding Activities in Physical Education2
ESS 368Strength Training Techniques and Programs3
ESS 418Teaching Methods in School Health Education4
ESS 419Elementary Methods and Field Experience I in Physical Education 44
ESS 420Secondary Methods and Field Experience II in Physical Education 44
ESS 423Sociocultural Factors in Physical Education and School Health Education2
ESS 424Curriculum Development and Administration in Physical Education and School Health Education3
ESS 436Assessment in Adapted Physical Education2
ESS 437Teaching and Service Delivery Models in Adapted Physical Education3
ESS 439Teaching and Leadership in Adapted Physical Education3
Student teaching semester 7
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar 41
One of the following: 411
Student Teaching: Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12)
Teaching Internship
Total Credits89

Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.


Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
ESS 1182ESS 2123
ESS 1212ESS 2313
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3
BIO 100, 105, or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4Gen Ed Math4
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Meet with faculty advisor to discuss requirements for admission to Physical, Adapted, and School Health Education program.1  
 14 16
Year 2
ESS 2002ESS 2063
ESS 2053ESS 2073
ESS 2322ESS 2303
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3ESS 3042
HED 207 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)3Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
Satisfy First Aid/CPR certification requirement.  
Apply for admission to SOE2  
 15 14
Year 3
ESS 3002ESS 3302
ESS 3023ESS 3621
ESS 3312ESS 3632
ESS 3611ESS 3672
ESS 3642ESS 3683
ESS 3662ESS 4362
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Global Studies3
 Gen Ed Arts2-3
 Apply for Field Experience I3 
 15 17
Year 4
ESS 3102ESS 4184
ESS 4194ESS 4204
ESS 4232ESS 4243
ESS 4373ESS 4393
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3 
Apply for Field Experience II3  
Apply for Student Teaching4  
 14 14
Additional year
All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.5  
EDS 4921 
EDS 49711 
Total Credits: 131