Physical Education

Valued professional with a growing role in the market

With good infrastructure, courses emphasize not only education but also activities in other areas

The valorization of a healthier life, the beauty of a healthy body and the diverse sportive events have increased the demand for professionals in the Physical Education area, whose activity today goes way beyond teaching in schools. This professional can work in five fields: education, health, sports, leisure and companies. The physical education market alone moves more than R$ 2 billions in businesses in Brazil. There are at least 1.5 million people who frequent gyms and 3.5 million who exercise at home and go for walks.

Undoubtedly, public and private schools still have a great demand for physical education teachers. But the professional can also work with sportive organization and administration, in gyms, clinics, camps, companies, hotels, hospitals, health centers and as a personal trainer.

If students choose to be majors in Physical Education, they will be able to join a continuously expanding market. Although, to build a solid career, it is important that the graduated student enjoys not only practicing sports, but also teaching and dealing with people.

Also, the desirable profile of this professional includes characteristics like interest for knowledge related to physical, psychological and sociocultural manifestations.

The Physical Education course is offered in three of UNESP's campuses. In all of them, the student may experience, during the course and under supervision of the professors, professional experiences like classes in elementary school. All the three campuses offer the bachelor and teaching modalities.

In the College of Sciences teaching program in Bauru, the focus is oriented towards the work in the school environment. When taking the evening course, students must work in their internships during the day. The students have research labs at their disposal and may join extension projects, where they can produce knowledge and experience real work situations.

In the bachelor's degree, the field of work in Health and Physical Aptitude contemplates the knowledge acquired to work in the prevention of sedentarism and even in the therapeutic process in healthy or sedentary individuals. Since 2005, the students have been obtaining maximum grade in Enade (Higher Education Evaluation). The course was ranked the first in the state of São Paulo and is now considered one of the top five in Brazil. Since 2007, it has consecutively received four stars in the Guia do Estudante (Students’Guide) of Editora Abril.

In Presidente Prudente, the course prepares the future professional for pedagogic work, teaching in basic education (early childhood education, pre-school, elementary school and middle school). After acquiring the teaching degree, the student will be able to master the techniques and skills needed for elaboration, execution and evaluation of programs appropriate to school's pedagogic projects. The unit also has a training center used by the Brazilian athleticism team.

In the Physics Education course in Rio Claro, the students take part in activities related to research, teaching and extension. In the first two years, there are two classes with common and basic disciplines. After that, the student must choose between the teaching modality: exclusive school activity and professorship related areas, from elementary to higher education, or the bachelor's modality: activity directed for work in gyms, hospitals, clubs, companies, training centers, etc. The Department is equipped with five multi-sport courts, an athleticism track, football field, room for weight training and dance, pool, along with research labs, specialized in human motility.

Where to study - Cities

Campus Period No. of Seats Duration
Bauru Full-time 40 (B/T) 4 years
Night 40 (B/T) 5 years
Presidente Prudente Day 45 (B/T) 4 years
Afternoon/Night 45 (B/T) 4 years
Rio Claro Full-time 60 (B/T) 4 years


Faculdade de Ciências - FC
Address: Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 1401
Bauru – SP – CEP 17033-360
Phone: (55) 14 3103-6000
Fax number: (55) 14 3103-6071


Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - FCT

Address: Rua Roberto Simonsen, 305
19060-900 - P. Prudente, SP
Phone: (18) 3229-5388
Fax: (18) 3221-4391


Instituto de Biociências - IB

Address: Avenida 24 A,1515, Bela Vista
13506-900 - Rio Claro, SP
Phone: (19) 3526-9000
PABX: (19) 3526-9000

Translation: Caio Rolim