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Physical Education Teacher Education

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The Physical Education program at Ohio University offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.P.E. degree) with two majors in PE (licensure) and Physical Activity and Sport Coaching (PASC, non-licensure). Physical Activity and Wellness program (PAW) is housed within the PE program; PAW is offered on an elective basis to all students at the university.

Vision Statement

Our vision is a healthy society passionate about sustaining regular lifelong physical activity for personal wellness, enjoyment, self-expression, challenge, and inclusive social interactions.

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide collaborative student-centered learning environments committed to exemplary teaching, research, and service. We strive to cultivate leaders in physical literacy who positively impact global wellness through reflective, inclusive, and pedagogical best practices. 

Physical Education (licensure)
The PE 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.

The PE 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.

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

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.




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.


 PETE Curriculum

Ohio Department of Education Licensure:

The State of Ohio requires two Ohio Assessments for Educators tests to be successfully passed for licensure. Visit the following link for more information:  

  1. Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age
  2. Physical Education


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Ohio University PETE Faculty:


Dr. Hyun-Ju Oh
Physical Education/Teacher Education
Program Coordinator/Associate Professor

Ms. Kelli Dyer
Physical Education/Teacher Education 

Dr.Brian Rider
Physical Education/Teacher Education 

For more information contact:

Physical Activity and Sport Coaching (PASC)
The Patton College of Education
Athens, OH 45701

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