• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities

Physical Education


Ripon College offers a major in school-based physical education teaching K-12. Ripon is one of the very few private colleges in Wisconsin at which students can get certified to teach physical education in public schools. This major studies the process and factors related to motor skill acquisition and performance, including motor learning, motor development and motor control. Analysis of the basic skill techniques used in basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, football and wrestling are included, as well as methods of presenting the various skills, drills and techniques used in practicing them. Additionally, students learn about physical, mental and emotional disabilities which can affect the performance of children in public school programs. Emphasis is placed on career and professional opportunities, as students acquire valuable “hands-on” job experience through helping teach classes at the college and high school levels.

Program Spotlight


Brian Azinger

Brian Azinger

Head Athletic Trainer

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Katie Astrauskas

Catherine “Katie” Astrauskas

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Athletic Administrator, Head Coach of Volleyball

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Rick Coles

Professor of Exercise Science, Chair of Exercise Science Department, Assistant Coach of Football

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Ron Ernst

Ronald Ernst

Professor of Exercise Science, Head Coach of Football, Assistant Athletic Director

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Requirements for a major in Physical Education: 38 credits in the department, including EXS 201, 211, 220, 241, 251, 253, 260, 270, 271, 333, 340, 426, 432, 450, (and 500 if not student teaching). BIO 211 is a prerequisite for EXS 333 and 432. Courses at the 100 level may be counted toward the major by prior consent from the department chair.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

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Career Tracks

Students who pursue this major are those that want to become certified to teach physical education. Students in this field may find careers as a physical education teacher, fitness specialist, athletic coach, health educator, and more.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

Exercise science students have completed practicums at various radio stations, at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Green Bay and Milwaukee, at the offices of the Midwest Conference, and for the Green Bay Blizzard, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Admirals, the Milwaukee Wave, the Rockford River Hawks and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Student are also able to earn an American Red Cross adult CPR certification and acquire valuable job experience by working in the training room at the J.M. Storzer Athletic Center or the Ripon Medical Center Rehabilitation Department.