The health and physical education major program at University of Providence allows the student to prepare for a career as a physical education instructor in the school system.


Career Preparation

This course of study is intended to be paired with a major in elementary or secondary education in preparation for teacher certification. In addition to the health/physical education courses, students take courses in education theory, multicultural and ability diversity, teaching and assessment methods, and instructional technology. Students also complete two semesters of experiential learning in the public schools, where they are paired with a licensed teacher in their field of study for observation and participation in the teaching experience. The course of study culminates with placement as a student teacher in the public school system as a supervised teacher in their area of interest.


What Makes this Program Unique?

This major serves students in the University of Providence’ highly regarded education programs. Graduates are sought for their preparation in the discipline and for their experience and preparation for teaching careers.

Professor Tom Raunig holds a doctorate in adult learning and higher education administration with an emphasis on sports management and a master’s degree in sports science. He was the head track & field coach at the University of Montana for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge in sports management and education administration to the position. In addition, he holds a Montana Public School Teacher’s License in physical education and geography.

Our adjunct faculty teach physical education activity courses in yoga, hip-hop dance, aerobics, whitewater rafting, skiing/snowboarding, hiking/caving, tai-chi, weight lifting, and self-defense. Other activity courses can be crafted to meet student needs.



Tom Raunig