Application process

Going further, doing more

UWL Adapted PE Sports League participant playing floor hockey.

Physical Education Teaching (MS)

*For applicants to the Exercise & Sport Science-Physical Education Teaching-Adapted [SAH] optionSince we are preparing graduate level APE teachers, applicants for Fellowships and assistantships must be certified to teach physical education upon acceptance into the program. Non-certified students can be admitted, but their program of study will be longer in order to complete teacher certification prerequisites. In addition, non-certified applicants are not eligible for APE Fellowship funding.

How to apply

Contact the graduate program director expanding section

We encourage you to make contact with our program director to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have about the program.  This contact also helps to alert us to your interest in the program.  Complete the form below to get the process started!

Physical Education Teaching

Zack Beddoes  Profile of Zack Beddoes  Office hours

Assistant Professor
152 Mitchell Hall

Specialty areas:

-Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and physical education

-Collective Teacher Efficacy and group curricular decision making

-Collective data collection and assessment

-Secondary physical education

Submit a UW System application expanding section
  • Follow the link to the UW System application. Register as a new user, unless you already have an account.
  • The email you enter on this application will be used to send you important information related to completing your graduate school application. You should use an email address that you monitor on a regular basis. 
  • There is a $56 UW System application fee, which you can pay online at the time of application. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address below.  *Application fee assistance is available to McNair Scholars. 

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

* Students wishing to pursue the graduate level APE program should apply to admission to the Exercise & Sport Science-Physical Education Teaching-Adapted (SAH) option.

Submit transcripts expanding section

Request that ALL previously attended institutions of higher education send official transcripts to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office.  This includes transcripts for courses taken for college credit during high school. UWL accepts transcripts mailed directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service.  Transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

*Current UWL undergraduate students and alumni: Admissions can access your UWL transcript, so you do not need to request a formal copy to be sent.

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After your UW System application has been submitted, you will receive two emails. The first email is an invitation to your WINGS Student Center and includes information about your NETID/WINGS Username.  Visit WINGS to check the status of your application fee and transcripts.

The second email serves as an invitation to log in to your Applicant Dashboard. You can expect this email 2-3 business days after the submission of your application. You will use the Applicant Dashboard to submit the additional required application materials (as described below) for this program.

*If you do not receive the email about your Applicant Dashboard, check your junk and clutter folders.  If you are unable to locate the email within 4 business days of application submission, contact

Resume expanding section

You will be asked to submit a current professional resume.


We have a variety of flexible deadlines based on the semester in which you intend to start enrollment in the program.  As a guideline, we start reviewing applications on February 1st, but recruitment continues. It generally takes at least 4-5 weeks to process a complete application once it is received at the university. It is VERY IMPORTANT to request transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended, not just those from your final degree granting school. Admission decisions can’t be made until all transcripts are received. 

The final application deadline is May 1 of each year for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.  However, the deadline for consideration for a Graduate Assistantship (starting the following fall) is February 1.