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Physical Education Major


A major in physical education prepares students for careers as physical education teachers for school age students grades pre-kindergarten through twelve (PreK-12 teaching license). All students interested in physical education will enter Ohio University as a pre-major (pre-major code ND8838). Admission into the major is a competitive process requiring the student to formally apply to the major (major code BS8106) and be accepted, upon completion of the following:

  • Must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must retake course if grade is below a C (2.0)
  • Must complete all skill and fitness program assessments
  • Must demonstrate appropriate levels of professionalism (Assessed throughout the program)

Once all physical education and professional education course work is successfully completed the teacher candidate will complete a professional internship locally or out of area. Once all curriculum requirements are successfully completed the teacher candidate will earn a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education.

The State of Ohio requires physical education teacher candidates to take two PRAXIS II tests for licensure (Physical Education Content Knowledge and one Principals of Learning and Teaching: K-6; 5-9; 7-12).



All students interested in physical education will enter Ohio University into a pre-major code of ND8106 (Pre-Physical Education). To be admitted into the major, a student must apply to and be accepted after successful completion of nine courses, and maintain an accumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher.

To learn more about the admission process, click HERE.



For more information please see the provided links, visit our facebook page under Ohio University Physical Education, and/or feel free to contact:

Ms. Kelli Dyer
Physical Education/Teacher Education
Program Coordinator & Instructor

Ohio University
The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation & Sport Pedagogy
Grover Center E160
Athens, OH  45701