Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management - Physical Education
Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management

Program description

Physical educators enable others to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that define active, healthy lifestyles. There has never been a more relevant time than now 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.
The Bachelor of Physical Education is 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.



Program options

Degree options

B.P.E. Bachelor of Physical Education - 3 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Foundations of Physical Education and Kinesiology
  • Canadian Sport Issues
  • Inclusive Physical Activity and Leisure
  • Sociology of the Body 

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


Admission Requirements

Visit the Kinesiology and Recreation Management Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


What is unique about this program at the U of M?

With its unique blend of theory and experiential learning courses, the University of Manitoba’s Physical Education program equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to design meaningful and relevant physical education programs for children and youth from diverse populations.
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management participates in “The Kin Games”. The Kin Games are a nationwide event attracting over 1,200 students and include a range of activities with academic challenges, leadership development, roundtable discussions, spirit awards, and of course sport events.
Students may be eligible for scholarship and CAHPERD Award opportunities. 


Important Links

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