Why study Physical Education at Washburn? 

If you want to be a physical education teacher, Washburn’s Kinesiology program is a great choice. A Bachelor of Education in physical education will prepare you for P12 licensure exams in Kansas. Additionally, Washburn’s expert faculty and partnerships with local and regional school districts mean more opportunities for you to improve your skills and experience a variety of grade levels and school settings before your career begins.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary High School: $55,170 in Kansas Middle School: $58,010 in Kansas Elementary School: $54,460 in Kansason campus
A student watches her stop watch as another student does pushups in a gym.

What sets Physical Education at Washburn apart?

  • As a Physical Education student, you’ll train in kinesiology and in education. You’ll develop knowledge and skill to help you succeed on the P12 education licensure exam and be an effective educator.
  • Your professors were in your shoes. They know what it takes to do the job well. Observations and workshops will give you experience at many grade levels and in many settings before you student teach.
  • Kinesiology is the study of physical activity. You can do research with faculty mentors, and you’ll be able to explain to your students why lifelong activity matters to their own quality of life.
  • You’ll be eligible for scholarships.
  • Student clubs will help you connect with your peers and make a difference.

Meet physical education students Katie and Danielle

Katie Glatczak and Danielle Welborn share what it's like to study Kinesiology at Washburn and their advice for new students.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of teachers is predicted to grow about 4 percent from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is as fast as average for all occupations. 

Student/Faculty Ratio

9:1 Education

11:1 Kinesiology


Field work
Student Teaching

Qualities for success

Team oriented
Good communication skills
Passion to teach

GET IN TOUCH WITH Kinesiology Department

Kinesiology Department
Petro Allied Health Center, Room 201
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1459
Fax: 785.670.1059
Secretary: Nancy Province

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