The Health and Physical Education Department offers a variety of opportunities for possible career choices. Health and physical education programs are oriented toward the teaching profession and culminate in a student teaching experience.

A degree in fitness management will prepare you for positions in health clubs, hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness centers, and school wellness programs. Fitness management majors must complete an internship where they observe, plan, and implement fitness programs in an actual leadership, supervisory, or administrative capacity.

Program Goals

To prepare students to become quality physical education teachers through the acquisition of knowledge pertaining to the general functioning of the human body and fitness testing.

To prepare students to become quality fitness/wellness professionals through the acquisition of knowledge pertaining to the general functioning of the human body and fitness testing.

To develop an appreciation of the role of physical activity in the balance of life through physical education and fitness/wellness programs.

To prepare students to successfully complete their student teaching and/or internship experience, where they can start to display and incorporate the values and ethics of their profession.


The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center houses the Health & Physical Education Department.

Real-world experience and amazing opportunities. WORTH IT.


Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Health and Physical Education Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Biology Teacher, Atlantic High School, Atlantic
  • K-5 P.E. Teacher, Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District, Waverly
  • P.E. and Computer Teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Denver, Colo.
  • Teacher, Grand Forks School District, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • K-8 P.E./Health Teacher/Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, West Burlington High School, West Burlington

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • General Manager, Life Time Fitness, Skokie, Ill.
  • Associate Professor/Department Chair, Physical Education  Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • General Manager, Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Richmond, Texas
  • Owner, Creative Glass Designs, La Valle, Wis.
  • Owner, Heavy Equipment Sales, MCI Investments, Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • P.E. Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Iowa City Community Schools, Iowa City
  • P.E., E.L.L., and Spanish Teacher, Lenox Community School District, Lenox
  • Business Owner/Partner, Integrated Pro Services, LLC, New Orleans, La.
  • P.E. Teacher/Special Education Associate, Denison High School, Denison
  • Dir. of Sales, North America, Technology Exch, Inc., Deerfield, Ill.


La Toshia Burrell

Assistant Director of Group Fitness and Personal Training

Ryan Callahan

Head Athletic Trainer

Rachel Chapman

Lecturer in Fitness Management/Physical Education

Ryan Doty

Associate Head Baseball Coach

Danny Drees

Assistant Athletic Trainer

David Kragness

Associate Athletic Trainer

Kara McHouell

Intern Athletic Trainer

James Miller

Coach Emeritus, Instructor Health & Physical Education

Patrick Toohey

Assistant Football Coach

Jennifer Walker

Lecturer in Physical Education / Head Volleyball Coach

Edward Westen

Department Chair of Health & Physical Education

Chris Winter

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator