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Physical Education and KinesiologyMajor

Learn how to design and deliver physical education programs, how to use and integrate technology into your classwork and get hands-on, real-world experience. Graduates are eligible for certification in Pre-K-Adult Physical Education and Health Education.

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You'll get 125+ contact hours before you start student teaching


What is Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU like?


Physical educators make an impact on the health, well-being and quality of life of future generations. The Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEK) program prepares you to teach, motivate and shape the lives of Pre-K through adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness and sport-based environments.

You'll learn to use and integrate technology into your class work, gain hands-on, real-world experience and learn how to design and deliver physical education programs. Upon program completion, you are eligible for dual certification in Pre-K-Adult Physical Education and 5-12 Health Education.

Our graduates are physical activity and wellness leaders in their schools, communities and states who promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults alike.

Physical Education and Kinesiology program highlights:

At a Glance

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Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Sport Pedagogy

Fast Facts

What makes Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU unique?

Accelerated Master's Program

Physical Education and Kinesiology offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

Research and Academic Opportunities

PEK students are encouraged to complete a minor that enhances their marketability.

Common research focuses of PEK alumni include:

  • Designing and implementing comprehensive school physical activity programs
  • Evidence based curricular and instructional models in physical education and sport
  • Physical activity programming for school-aged children with special needs
  • Instructional technology and its place in the gymnasium, classroom, and sports arena
  • Physical activity and youth sport

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Job titles (and locations) of our recent graduates include physical education teacher (Arizona, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.), college professor (North Carolina), special education teacher (West Virginia), strength and conditioning coach (Florida), health and physical education curriculum specialist (Texas) and university track and field coach (North Carolina).

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Physical Education and Kinesiology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Physical Education and Kinesiology major.

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Popular Courses

CHPR 271:
Health in the School Community

Students will develop an understanding of the organization, structure, and function of government, voluntary, and other professional community health agencies and their role in promoting the health of members of the school community. Additionally, students will examine the influence of a range of community and contextual factors related to student health outcomes, especially those associated with diversity and health disparities.

PET 206:
Behavioral Technology for Physical Education

Basic concepts and instructional techniques associated with applying behavior analysis to school-aged children.

PET 441:
Technology in Physical Education

Students introduced to technology literacy with a focus on the effective use of technology in physical education settings. Application of technologies related to professional development, advocacy, planning and instruction, and assessment of student learning.

PET 477:
Adapted Physical Education Practicum

A supervised practice teaching experience in adapted physical education.

Cost and Aid

How much does Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Per Credit $1,114
Per Semester $13,368
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,736
Per Credit $1,114
Per Semester $13,668
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,336
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Ways to Save

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Physical Education and Kinesiology has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Physical Education and Kinesiology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Physical Education and Kinesiology major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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