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The applied movement science major in the College of Education prepares students for positions as physical education teachers at the elementary, middle school or secondary level. This all-level program allows students to explore developmental issues of children and adolescents, learning theories, and teaching methods with a strong component of field experience in the public schools. Although the State of Texas does not have a certification program for coaching, many graduates of this major pursue coaching opportunities.

Declare This Major

The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that students must meet in order to transfer into the Department. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Internal transfer policy for additional information.

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in BEL 1005 in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Advising Center to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Education, applied movement science major.


All students in this major will have a built-in minor in education (curriculum and instruction).

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education also offers ten specializations available to Kinesiology and Health students. The following specializations could be added to this major as a compliment to the curriculum:

  • Athletic health care
  • Coaching
  • Community health and wellness
  • Disability studies
  • Health fitness instructor
  • Strength & conditioning coaching


The desire to learn, to teach, and to lead others would be foremost. Also, students need the ability to participate in rigorous human body science courses as well as physically demanding movement activity courses. Students in this major would need to be outgoing/extroverted, patient, friendly, and motivated to be physically active.


Students will develop:

  • Strong knowledge about the human anatomy.
  • Ability to work with students with special needs.
  • Ability to work in a physical education classroom for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  • Knowledge and ability to participate in, to teach, and to coach many movement competencies.
  • Skills in order to incorporate their knowledge into a solid curriculum, which complies with the regulations and laws governing certified teachers in the State of Texas.

A small sample of directly related careers

Physical Education Teacher
Fitness Trainer and Instructor
Recreation Worker
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Sports Counselor

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.