A physical education major will prepare you to teach and coach in elementary and secondary schools. Wartburg offers a K-12 teaching certification program in physical education and a 7-12 endorsement in health. A 14-week student teaching experience takes place in local schools with a seven-week placement in elementary PE and a seven-week placement in secondary PE with the possibility of teaching in a health class.

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.


Ryan Callahan

Associate Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer

Rachael Chapman

Health & Human Performance Coordinator and Interim Instructor

Patricia Dietz

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Ryan Doty

Associate Head Baseball Coach

Danny Drees

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Eric Keller

Head Wrestling Coach

Matt Tschetter

Football Assistant Coach

Jennifer Walker

Lecturer in Physical Education / Head Volleyball Coach