State law recommends newly hired staff who teach PE be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.
Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01 School district Standard.
- Physical education instruction shall be provided in accordance with a developmental, sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum and program of instruction for all pupils. Instruction in grades kindergarten through 6 shall be provided at least 3 times weekly, except that days on which special activities are conducted may be exempt; and shall be conducted by or under the direction of a licensed physical education teacher. Pupils in grade 6 may be scheduled in accordance with the criteria for scheduling grades 7 through 12 if the pupils are attending a school that includes any of those grades. All pupils in grades 7 through 12 shall participate in the instructional program of physical education taught by a licensed physical education teacher, except that in senior high schools one year or the equivalent may be optional to pupils.
Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 121.02 School district Standard.
(1) Except as provided in s. 118.40 (2r) (d), each school board shall:
- (j) Ensure that instruction in elementary and high schools in health, physical education, art and music is provided by qualified teachers.