The objective of the present study was to understand the compositions of the disciplinary knowledge oriented the training in the Curso Normal da Escola Superior de Educação Física (ESEF), in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, from 1940 to 1956. The temporal cutting involves the year 1940, when the Regular Course began its operation, until 1956, the last year when it was offered, being replaced in the following year by the course of Physical Education for Children. The interpretation of research materials, based by theoretical-methodological references of Disciplinary Knowledge and Cultural History, led us to identify influences that translated into the teaching environment of the Normal Course, orientations of a militarized character expressed through the French Method. Alongside this, also appeared the emergence of new ways of thinking and doing Physical Education in the state, demarcating the presence of a pedagogical character to the formation.
History of Physical Education; Teacher qualification; Escola Superior de Educação Física (ESEF) of the state of Rio Grande do Sul; Normal Course; Disciplinary Knowledge