About the Program

Physical educators enable others to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that define active, healthy lifestyles. There’s never been a more relevant time to be a physical educator. Governments, schools and health care organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of physical activity related to chronic disease prevention and the habituation of healthy lifestyle patterns.

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Our physical education degree program teaches students to understand and appreciate the body's capacity for movement, as well as the physical, mental, social and emotional outcomes of physical activity that positively contribute to health and well-being.

It’s a three-year degree program (University 1, plus two years) designed for students who wish to teach physical education in the school system. The program offers an exciting mix of theory and practical courses, and includes a curriculum related to teaching physical education at the Early, Middle, or Senior Years. Students are provided with opportunities to learn and practice the skills of designing, delivering and assessing meaningful and relevant physical activities and programs in accordance with Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrator (CCUPEKA) program accreditation standards.

In order to enter the teaching profession, students with the BPE degree must also complete the two-year After-Degree Certification program in the Faculty of Education.

Professional Opportunities

  • Elementary/middle school teacher
  • Senior high school teacher
  • Outdoor education teacher/coordinator
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational administrator
  • Principal/vice principal
  • School, club or national team coach
  • Govt. sport/active living organization
  • Coaching certification program instructor

What our Students Say

photo of kaitlyn fosseneuve at the University of Manitoba campus"Highlights thus far have been meeting new people and studying something I love. I worked with Mini U Programs this summer, and the atmosphere and commitment to quality confirmed to me I’m in the right faculty! This program can take you anywhere. It’s all up to you. If you love sports, recreation, and physical activity, I’d highly recommend this program." -Kaitlin Fosseneuve, Class of 2019