Physical Education Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in 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 at WVU 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 classwork, 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 PreK-adult Physical Education and 5-12 Health Education.

Program graduates are physical activity and wellness leaders in their school, communities, and states who promote healthy, active lifestyles for children and adults alike. The WVU PETE faculty is proud of the strong undergraduate PETE program that is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Admission Requirements

b.s. physical education teacher education

PETE offers a direct admission option to students who have earned scores of 1125 or higher on SAT or 26 or higher on the ACT. There is no application to the direct admit program, students who qualify will be invited by the program to join as incoming freshmen. Students directly admitted into the program will have to complete all coursework while maintaining a minimum 2.5 gpa. In the first three semesters of the program, they must complete the following:

  • All six PETE courses with a grade of C or higher.
  • Complete twenty-nine credit hours of GEF courses and should have a grade of C or higher in all coursework.

For students not offered direct admission, they are admitted to WVU as pre-PETE majors and can apply for admission into the PETE program when they successfully complete the criteria listed below.  Admission is competitive, so to be considered for admission, students must meet the following: 

  • Complete (or currently enrolled in) the six PETE courses with a grade of C or higher in each course at time of application.
  • Complete twenty-nine credit hours of GEF courses and should have a grade of C or higher in all coursework.
  • Have passed all three parts of the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE; formerly known as PRAXIS I) with a score of 156 or higher on Reading (test number or CDT Code 5712); a score of 162 or higher on Writing (test number or CDT Code 5722), and a score of 150 or higher on Mathematics (test number or CDT Code 5732).
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA

Students indicate their intent to seek admission by completing an application and submitting CORE scores by October 1 for spring admission. The PETE Program only admits students once a year.  From the applicant pool, the 27 students with the highest GPAs are admitted to the PETE teacher certification program and granted access to the first block of classes in the major.  Upon admission to the program, students will complete their courses with the same cohort of students. Students not granted admission may reapply the following year by October 1 for spring admission with the same procedure in effect.

accelerated b.S./m.s. physical education teacher education

Students must complete a separate application for admission to the master’s degree program (including payment of an application fee). Students may apply for regular admission to the ABM in PETE program in the fall semester following the completion of 60 credits. Only enrolled WVU PETE majors may be considered for regular admission to the program. Transfer students must complete at least 24 credit hours as degree-seeking students at WVU before applying. The minimum standard for regular admission is a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, with no provisional admissions allowed. Additional criteria include acceptable performance on the PETE Professionalism Assessment used to monitor undergraduate student dispositions each semester in the major. Regular admission will not be offered any later than the semester after which the student needs two additional semesters to complete the bachelor’s degree. The ABM in PETE program is not available to students seeking a second (or subsequent) bachelor’s degree. Online applications and fees are due by October 1st with program admissions decisions communicated by December 15th. Applications will be reviewed by a three member work group (2 PETE faculty and 1 academic adviser) and presented to the program faculty for a final admissions decision.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.5 required for graduation
GEF (may vary depending on overlap)22
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)3
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
Pre-Major Requirements (Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required)
Minimum grade of C- or higher required in all courses.
PET 124Human Body: Structure and Function2
PET 125Principles of Human Movement2
PET 167Introduction to Physical Education3
PET 175Motor Development2
PET 244Motor Learning and Performance2
PET 276Special Physical Education2
Major Requirements
Minimum grade of C- required in all courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 required in all major courses.
PET 228Curriculum in Physical Education (Fulfills Writng and Communication Skills Requirement)3
PET 233Pedagogy Theory and Application4
PET 346 Teach Phys Acty 13
PET 347 Teach Phys Acty 23
PET 349Fitness Education3
PET 350Teaching Primary Physical Education2
PET 369Teaching K-2 Physical Education3
PET 379Teaching 3-5 Physical Education3
PET 441Technology in Physical Education3
PET 447Teaching Physical Activities 33
PET 449Teaching Physical Activities 43
PET 477Adapted Physical Education Practicum3
PET 487Student Teaching: Elementary3
PET 488Student Teaching in Physical Education4
PET 489Student Teaching Seminar2
EXPH 365Exercise Physiology 13
RDNG 422Reading in the Content Areas3
SPED 304Special Education in Contemporary Society (GEF 4)3
C&I 491AProfessional Field Experience4
SHED 401Elementary School Health Program4
SHED 402Secondary School Health Program4
SHED 403Health in the School Community3
Minor or Electives6
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
PET 1242PET 1252 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3PET 1752 
PET 1673GEF 33 
GEF 53GEF 83 
GEF 63GEF 83 
WVUE 1911HN&F 171 (GEF 8)3 
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PET 2442PET 2283SHED 4033
PET 2762PET 2334 
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3PET 3493 
GEF 24EXPH 3653 
Minor or Elective4GEF 73 
 15 16 3
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
PET 3502PET 346 Teaching Phys Acty 13 
PET 3693PET 347 Teaching Phys Acty 23 
PET 3793PET 4413 
RDNG 4223SHED 4024 
SHED 4014SPED 304 (GEF 4)3 
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
PET 4473PET 4873 
PET 4493PET 4884 
PET 4773PET 4892 
Minor or Elective2C&I 4914 
 11 13
Total credit hours: 120

Recommendation for Teacher Certification

All students must satisfy the requirements in physical education and professional education. Teacher certification in physical education is provided for grades Pre-K through adult. Community health promotion certifies students to teach health in grades 5-12. Students are required to pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) prior to program admission, and pass PRAXIS II (5091 exam) in physical education prior to student teaching. To be eligible for certification to teach in West Virginia, prospective teachers must also pass the PRAXIS III (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and the PRAXIS II (5550 exam) in health for health certification. Students wanting to teach in another state will need to complete that state's certification requirements for licensure.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Degree Requirements

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
GEF Requirements22
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)3
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition (GEF 8)3
Pre-Major Requirements
PET 124Human Body: Structure and Function2
PET 125Principles of Human Movement2
PET 167Introduction to Physical Education3
PET 175Motor Development2
PET 244Motor Learning and Performance2
PET 276Special Physical Education2
Major Requirements
PET 228Curriculum in Physical Education3
PET 233Pedagogy Theory and Application4
PET 346Teaching Physical Activities 13
PET 347Teaching Physical Activities 23
PET 349Fitness Education3
PET 350Teaching Primary Physical Education2
PET 369Teaching K-2 Physical Education3
PET 379Teaching 3-5 Physical Education3
PET 441Technology in Physical Education3
PET 447Teaching Physical Activities 33
PET 449Teaching Physical Activities 43
PET 477Adapted Physical Education Practicum3
PET 487Student Teaching: Elementary3
PET 488Student Teaching in Physical Education4
PET 489Student Teaching Seminar2
EXPH 365Exercise Physiology 13
RDNG 422Reading in the Content Areas3
SHED 401Elementary School Health Program4
SHED 402Secondary School Health Program4
SHED 403Health in the School Community3
SPED 304Special Education in Contemporary Society (GEF 4)3
C&I 491AProfessional Field Experience4
Total Hours114

Suggested plan of study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
PET 1242PET 1252 
PET 1673PET 1752 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
WVUE 1911HN&F 171 (GEF 8)3 
GEF 53GEF 33 
GEF 63GEF 83 
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
PET 2442PET 2283 
PET 2762PET 2334 
SPED 3043PET 3493 
GEF 24EXPH 3653 
GEF 73SHED 4033 
GEF 83  
 17 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
SHED 4014SHED 4024PET 6653
PET 3502PET 3463PET 6833
PET 3693PET 3473PET 6781
PET 3793PET 4413 
RDNG 4223PET 6153 
 15 16 7
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
PET 4473C&I 491A4PET 6733
PET 4493PET 4873PET 6813
PET 4773PET 4884PET 6791
PET 6453PET 4892 
PET 6803PET 6853 
 15 16 7
Total credit hours: 140

NOTE: See Graduate Catalog for Master's degree requirements (M.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education, Accelerated Program).

Major Learning Goals

Physical Education Teacher Education

The goal of the program is for students to possess the skills to teach, motivate, and shape the lives of preK to adult learners in physical education, movement, wellness, and sport-based environments.   

  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to the promotion of physical education and physical activity.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice.
  • Programming and Assessment – Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing student needs and for designing, implementing and evaluating lesson plans and programs.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning.
  • Technology – Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to enhance and assess student learning.

Courses

PET 101. Games in American Culture. 3 Hours.

Examination of how the social history of a variety of American physical games has impacted their development and conversely how the games have impacted American society.

PET 124. Human Body: Structure and Function. 2 Hours.

Overview of the structure and function of the organ systems in the human body. Topics covered include the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems.

PET 125. Principles of Human Movement. 2 Hours.

PR: PET 124. This course is designed to introduce prospective physical educators to the principles of human movement. Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

PET 167. Introduction to Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Overview of physical education teaching profession including careet opportunities, critical current issues/ trends, professional standards, and the professional organizations.

PET 175. Motor Development. 2 Hours.

To examine changes in human movement behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underline these changes, and the factors that contribute to those changes.

PET 228. Curriculum in Physical Education. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Certification Program. Examination of curriculum and curriculum development; discussion of "hidden curriculum issues.

PET 233. Pedagogy Theory and Application. 4 Hours.

PR: Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Certification Program. Applied pedagogical theory, including assessment, planning, design, management, and delivery of instruction in physical education settings.

PET 244. Motor Learning and Performance. 2 Hours.

Introduction to principles related to teaching, learning, and performance of motor skills. Emphasizes the applicationi of knowledge to teaching and learning strategies for motor-skill acquisition.

PET 276. Special Physical Education. 2 Hours.

Examines motor developmental characteristics of various handicapped groups and emphasizes physical education role in remediating possible developmental deficiencies.

PET 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PET 324. Water Safety Instructorships. 2 Hours.

PR: Senior Lifesaving Certification. Teaching methods in swimming and water safety. Meet American Red Cross certification standards. Course completion carries eligibility for teaching swimming, lifesaving, and water safety.

PET 339. Teaching Volleyball. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching volleyball in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 340. Teaching Soccer. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching soccer in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 341. Teaching Basketball. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching basketball in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 342. Teaching Flag Football. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching flag football in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 344. Teaching Field/Floor Hockey. 1 Hour.

PR:Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Certification Program. Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching field/floor hockey in public schools. (Activity) Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

PET 346. Teaching Physical Activities 1. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching softball, floor hockey and flag football in public schools.

PET 347. Teaching Physical Activities 2. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching soccer, basketball and volleyball in public schools.

PET 349. Fitness Education. 3 Hours.

This course introduces prospective physical educators to the foundations and components of health-related fitness, appropriate curriculum for K-12 programming, effective teaching principles, and assessment of physical activity and fitness.

PET 350. Teaching Primary Physical Education. 2 Hours.

PR: Admission to the WVU in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program. This course introduces prospective physical education teachers to the unique needs and characteristics of young children. Particular emphasis will be placed on developmentally appropriate practices, effective teaching practices and principles, and observation and assessment in movement education. Students participate in clinical laboratory experiences involving young children.

PET 354. Teaching Archery and Bowling. 1 Hour.

Introduce to prospective physical education teachers basic archery and bowling instructional techniques, concepts, and strategies for teaching school-aged children.

PET 355. Teaching Aquatics. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching aquatics in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 358. Teaching Softball/Baseball. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for softball/baseball in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 361. Elementary Fitness Lab. 2 Hours.

PR: PET 349. Introduces prospective teachers to the unique fitness needs of elementary and middle school children. Students participate in a clinical lab experience with children.

PET 369. Teaching K-2 Physical Education. 3 Hours.

This course enables teacher candidates to plan, organize and conduct physical education instruction for children in K-2. Special emphasis placed on interacting with developmentally appropriate lesson content, learning how to teach and assess student learning.

PET 379. Teaching 3-5 Physical Education. 3 Hours.

This course enables teacher candidates to plan, organize, and conduct physical education instruction for children in 3-5. Students learn how to interact with developmentally appropriate lesson content and how to teach and assess student learning.

PET 384. Kinderskills/Gym. 2 Hours.

This course stresses developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate movement experiences for pre-school children. A laboratory with children is included.

PET 400. Kinderskills/Pool. 2 Hours.

This course stresses developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate movement experiences for pre-school children in the aquatic environment. A laboratory with children is included.

PET 410. Laboratory in Pre-School Physical Education. 1-6 Hours.

Applied clinical experience in a physical activity program, which focuses on developing the motor skills of young children. Students can choose between land-based or water-based learning environments. Open to all majors.

PET 420. Laboratory in Physical Education. 1-6 Hours.

This course introduces students to the unique physical fitness needs of elementary and middle school children. Students participate in a clinical lab experience with children. Open to all majors.

PET 441. Technology in Physical Education. 3 Hours.

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 447. Teaching Physical Activities 3. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission to the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching pickleball, badminton, golf and disc games in public schools.

PET 448. Teaching Golf. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching golf in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 449. Teaching Physical Activities 4. 3 Hours.

PR: PET 346 and PET 347. Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching aquatics, fitness, and dance in public schools.

PET 451. Secondary Fitness Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Scientific principles of strength conditioning and aerobic training.

PET 452. Teaching Outdoor Leisure Pursuits. 3 Hours.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching backpacking, orienteering, cycling, and leisure aquatic activities in public schools.

PET 453. Teaching Dance in Physical Education. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching dance in physical education in public schools.

PET 455. Teaching Disc Games. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching disc games in public schools.

PET 460. Teaching Tennis. 1 Hour.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching tennis in public schools. (Activity.).

PET 477. Adapted Physical Education Practicum. 3 Hours.

PR: Open to departmental majors only. A supervised practice teaching experience in adapted physical education.

PET 483. Issues in Physical Education. 2 Hours.

Issues affecting the teaching of physical education links the elements of the student's professional preparation.

PET 485. Supervision in Physical Education. 1 Hour.

Evaluation and feedback techniques for supervising physical education teachers.

PET 487. Student Teaching: Elementary. 3 Hours.

CoReq: PET 488. A final, school-based practice teaching experience in elementary schools.

PET 488. Student Teaching in Physical Education. 4 Hours.

Student teaching represents the final requirement for majors enrolled in physical education teacher education. It involves a school- based teaching experience at the elementary, middle, or secondary level.

PET 489. Student Teaching Seminar. 2 Hours.

CoReq: PET 487 and PET 488. Discussions to enhance communication concerning the program's student teaching and stimulate critical thinking about the student teaching experience. (Seminar.).

PET 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

PET 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

PET 492. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

PET 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PET 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR:Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

PET 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

PET 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

PET 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Faculty

Professor

  • James Hannon - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
    Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Research

Associate professors

  • Sean Bulger - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)
  • Stephen Harvey - Ph.D. (Oregon State University)
  • Emily Jones - Ph.D. (University of Georgia)
  • Andrea Talliaferro - Ph.D. (University of Virginia)

Clinical professor

  • Eloise Elliott - Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
    Ware Distinguished Professor

Clinical instructor

  • Byron Towner - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    National Board Certified Physical Education Teacher

Professors emeriti

  • Linda Carson
    Ware Distinguished Professor
  • Andrew Hawkins
  • Lynn Housner
  • Robert Wiegand

Associate Professor Emeritus

  • Bruce Wilmoth