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Physical Education Teacher Education

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program at Ohio University is a licensure program that focuses on teacher candidate preparation for P-12 schools, preparing students to be licensed to teach in public school settings.

Once all physical education and professional education course work is successfully completed the teacher candidate will complete a semester or year long professional internship. Once all curriculum requirements have been successfully completed the teacher candidate will earn a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education.

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

  • Must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 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


The PETE program is designed to meet the State of Ohio standards for multi-age licensure in teaching Physical Education and the vision of the Development of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy as well as the Patton College of Education's Core Values (i.e., Called to Lead): Change Agents who are Lifelong Learners committed to embracing diversity and leadership.


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.

Admission process and criteria are:

  1. Core Physical Education Curriculum:
    • BIOS 2030 Human Biology II
    • EXPH 3010 Foundation of Exercise Physiogoy
    • EXPH 3020 Biomechanics and Applied Kinesthetic
    • PETE 1260 Skill and Fitness for Coaches and Physical Educators
    • PETE 2100 Physical Activity and Sport Leadership
    • PETE 2330 Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport for Individuals with Disabilities
    • PETE 2400 & 2401 Sports and Games I, II
    • PETE 3090 Test and Measurements
    • PETE 3100 Teach Early Child Physical Education
    • PETE 3700 Teach Adolescents/Young-Adult Physical Education
    • PETE 4000 Curriculum & Instruction for Physical Education
    • PETE 4050 Motor Learning
    • COED 2120 Intro to Coaching
  2. Achieve and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher

Upon successful completion of the above requirements, you must seek admission to the major. The Physical Education program application is available from your advisor or the Physical Education Program Coordinator. The completed application form and a current DARS report must be submitted by the end of the second week of the quarter following completion of the admission requirements.

Once admitted to the major, you must meet the criteria for selective admission to and retention in teacher education established by The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, including a g.p.a. of 2.75 in your major, in required professional education courses and overall. To graduate and receive your teaching license in physical education, you must complete all The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education requirements. Upon completion of the program and passing the Praxis II exam, you are eligible for a provisional teaching license in physical education. You will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education upon official application for degree conferral and successful completion of all requirements.

Program Course Information

To view the 2016-17 course catalog, click HERE.