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Physical Education Teacher Education

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

Students in the PETE program learn to use and integrate technology into their class work, gain hands-on, real-world experience and learn how to design and deliver physical education programs. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for dual certification in Pre-K-adult Physical Education and 5-12 Health Education.

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

Career Profile

Graduates teach and coach in schools and colleges across the United States and around the world. Some teach in institutions that offer specialized programming for those with severe impairments and disabilities. Graduates also work in summer camps and resorts, health spas, hospitals, senior citizen centers and other places that offer physical education and physical activity programs. Some physical education teachers become interscholastic sport coaches (middle school and secondary school teams) or youth sport coaches for community-based programs.

With additional education and experience, physical education instructors can become school department heads or directors of physical education with school systems, counties or districts. Some physical education teachers become principals and school administrators. Physical education instructors with proven skills and a doctoral degree may become physical education teacher educators in colleges and universities. WVU offers master’s and doctoral degrees in Physical Education Teacher Education.

Sample Course Schedules

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Freshman Year

PET 124 Human Body: Structure and Function PET 125 Principles of Human Movement PET 167 Introduction to Physical Education ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric BIOL 102 General Biology

Senior Year

PET 441 Technology in Physical Education PET 452 Teaching Outdoor Leisure Pursuits PET 483 Issues in Physical Education PET 485 Supervision in Physical Education PET 451 Secondary Fitness Laboratory

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The WVU Physical Education Teacher Education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDOE).

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