Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) prepares students to teach physical education to grades kindergarten through 12. Students experience a range of activity, pedagogy, and field-based courses to help them acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes to become effective physical educators in public or private schools. Students can take a cluster of health classes to add a health certification to their teaching license. To be eligible for teacher licensure, PETE students complete classes in both physical education and in education, including passing the Pearson CASA basic skills exams. Modeling a physically active lifestyle and maintaining high levels of fitness are the marks of a serious PETE major.
Health Teaching License
- Students who are earning a primary teaching certification in physical education may wish to add a second teaching certification in health. To do so, a student may take a cluster of courses that seek to meet the national standards for health education. They must also pass the Praxis II examination in health and do a portion of their student teaching experience in a health classroom.