Physical education and coaching

Students playing basketball
Playing sports can be part of your studies.

Physical education involves helping others develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead active, healthy lives. Physical educators may work in public or private schools, teaching students from Grades K-12. Teachers are often required to teach in several areas. Teachers must be certified.

My program gave me the knowledge, skills, and most importantly, the confidence to succeed on the first day of my teaching career. There isn’t a day when I don’t use something that I learned in my program.


Master of Arts in Physical Education

About the Master of Arts in Physical Education

This degree provides you with the opportunity to develop a program with a specific focus on curriculum development or instructional strategies. Coursework provides the knowledge and skills to complete a required thesis, which is subject to an oral examination. 

Program information

Level: Graduate

Program length: 2 to 2 1/2 years

Intake: 5

Includes summer term: Yes

Co-op: No

Full-time or part-time: Full-time

Department: EPHE

Location: UVic

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Master of Education in Coaching Studies

About the Master of Education in Coaching Studies

This degree provides you with a program of studies with a particular focus on coaching science. This is a summer-based program and is largely course-based.

Program information

Level: Graduate

Program length: 2 to 2 1/2 years

Intake: 12

Includes summer term: Yes

Co-op: Yes

Full-time or part-time: Full-time

Department: EPHE

Location: UVic

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary Curriculum) program

About the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Curriculum) program

While this specific program is no longer offered, there are now many options to become a Physical Education Teacher. Check your options.  

Minor in Physical Education

About the Minor in Physical Education

The Minor in Physical Education is primarily intended for students who want to become secondary school physical education teachers. This program will provide you with an understanding of fundamental movements skills across a range of physical activities, the ability to develop student appropriate learning experiences, an appreciation of critical issues in the discipline of physical education, as well as develop your professional problem-solving skills.

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What you can do in the fields of physical education and coaching:

  • Teacher or professor

  • Exercise therapist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Events co-ordinator

  • Physical therapy aid

  • Personal trainer

  • Camp leader/director

  • Occupational therapist

  • Coach