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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Physical Education Major (B.S.P.E.)

Major code BS8106

Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy  
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4656
Fax: 740.593.0284

Hyun-Ju Oh, Program Coordinator, oh@ohio.edu
Chloe Irish, Patton College Academic Advisor, irish@ohio.edu

Program Overview

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

  • Must achieve 3.0 CUM GPA or higher for admission into the major
  • Must maintain 2.75 CUM GPA or higher after admission into the major.
  • Must complete all prerequisite coursework in specific order to advance into the major.
  • Must repeat major coursework if the 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)

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements to be in the premajor. Once all premajor requirements have been met as described above, the student must formally apply to the physical education major. Premajor to major forms can be obtained from your physical education advisor. 

Change of Program Policy

All students changing their major to physical education must first start out in the premajor (ND8838). Change of major forms can be obtained in McCracken Hall in the Patton College of Education. These forms are only processed the first seven weeks of the semester.

Admission to the Physical Education Major

Once all premajor requirements have been completed, the student must formally apply to the physical education major through their assigned advisor. Premajor to major forms can be obtained from your physical education advisor. Upon acceptance into the physical education major, the next step is Admission to Teacher Candidacy. 

Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Generally, candidates apply for admission to Teacher Candidacy during the second semester of your first year. 


These requirements are subject to change.

  1. Completion of 30 semester credit hours with cumulative GPA of 3.00. 
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course:
    1. Tier I Math course (1M) with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    2. Tier I Freshman Composition course (1E) with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    3. EDTE 1000  - Introduction to Teacher Education with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
    4. PSY 1010  - General Psychology with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
  3. Satisfactory test score  (only passing scores on one assessment required)
    1. PRAXIS CORE (Academic Skills for Educators) Test.
      • Reading: 156
      • Mat 150
      • Writing: 162
    2. ACT: 21 (comp)
    3. SAT
      • 990  (taken before March 2016)
      • 1070  (taken after March 2016)
  4. Submission of the results of a background check through BCI & FBI. Ohio Revised Code: 3319.291D
  5. Submission of results of the tuberculosis skin test (administered by Campus Care or other appropriate office).
  6. New Transfer Students: Transfer CUM GPA may be considered towards Teacher Candidacy.

Admission to Advanced Standing

After successfully completing the 2000-level block you must apply for advanced standing to become eligible to take courses at the 3000- and 4000-level in the Patton College of Education. Students must receive a C (2.0) or higher in all physical and Teacher Candidacy courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

External Transfer Admission

All transfer students must start out in the premajor until all transfer courses have been equated and all requirements to advance to the physical education major have been met. Once this has been done the procedure is the same for those students who have transferred into the major internally.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A degree in physical education prepares you to teach physical education from prekindergarten through grade twelve. Ohio teacher licensure is dependent upon students' scores on both sections of the Ohio Assessments for Educators exam (Assessment of professional knowledge multi-age and physical education content knowledge). Aside from a teaching career in physical education, a bachelor's of science in physical education prepares students for employment in a variety of physical activity settings and provides a foundation for graduate level programs (e.g., coaching interscholastic athletics, youth services, campus, etc.).