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Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy

Grover Center E160
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Beth VanDerveer
Associate Professor, Chair  
740.593.4656
vanderve@ohio.edu 
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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

740.593.4100
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Physical Education (preprogram)  

The major in physical education prepares the student to teach physical education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. To graduate and receive the teaching license in this major, the student must complete all The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education requirements in addition to program requirements. The student will be granted a B.S. in physical education upon successful completion of all requirements.

Special Features

Ohio requirements for teacher licensure state that students in the physical education program must complete a general studies program that includes the arts, communication, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, sciences and the social sciences. In addition, the general studies curriculum should incorporate multicultural and global perspectives. The students should work closely with their faculty advisors to select courses that will fulfill both Ohio University's General Education Requirements and the requirements for teacher licensure.



Patton College of Education

The Patton College of Education has been a proud pillar of Ohio University since 1886, when it became the first state-supported teacher preparation program in Ohio. Today, the college has grown to include undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to careers in teaching, counseling, and public school and higher education administration.

Learning is at the heart of all we do in The Patton College of Education, but our mission is about more than just providing an education. The Patton College of Education strives to be an equitable, effective, and interactive learning community that makes a difference to education and human development through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service. We seek answers to questions about how people learn and what they should know and be able to do as students, teachers, counselors, and administrators.

The Patton College of Education's teacher and administrator preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Counselor education programs in the college are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education.


Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.