Physical Education and Kinesiology

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Kinesiology

Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEK) 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. The primary goal is to ensure our students understand the importance of and have the pedagogical skills to teach individuals to be physically literate or develop the ability to move with competence and confidence in a variety of different environments. Students can focus on physical education teaching certification where they will teach school physical education to individuals from preK-12th grades or students can focus on sport pedagogy and provide physical activity instruction to individuals across the developmental spectrum in commercial settings (i.e., YMCA, Boys/Girls Clubs, indoor and outdoor recreation centers/camps/resorts, fitness centers, campus recreation centers, aquatic centers, etc.). Students graduating in PEK are well prepared to deliver physical education and physical activity to individuals in school and community settings.

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 undergraduate PEK program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Admission Requirements

b.s. physical education and Kinesiology 

Interested students are offered direct admission into the Physical Education and Kinesiology major.  Across the first 3 semesters, students must complete a series of tasks to meet Benchmark 1.  Specifically, students must: 

  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in PET 124, PET 125, PET 167, PET 175, PET 244, PET 276; 
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) exam and submit scores;
  • Earn ratings of "Acceptable" or better on the program's professionalism assessment;
  • Satisfy all other requirements related to school access and safety (e.g., background checks, TB testing, minors on campus training).

Students who received passing scores on the CORE exam [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)] will be in the Physical Education Teaching track. Students who took the CORE exam but did not receive passing scores in all three sub-areas will be in the Sport Pedagogy track. Students in the Sport Pedagogy track can continue to take the CORE exam until they receive passing scores. Students in both tracks must meet the requirements in Benchmark 2 by October 1st preceding the start of capstone experience in January.  Benchmark 2 requirements are:

  • Pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) exam and submit scores;
  • Pass the Physical Education (5091) PRAXIS II exam and submit scores; and,
  • Complete and submit the WV Department of Education Student Teaching Permit.

Students in both tracks must meet Benchmark 3 before beginning coursework in the Capstone Experience.  Students must

  • Earn a grade of C- or higher in all PET and SHED courses;
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher; 
  • Earn ratings of "Acceptable" or better on the program's professionalism assessment; and,
  • Satisfy all other requirements related to school access and safety (e.g., background checks, TB testing, minors on campus training).

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

Students must complete an internal application for admission to the accelerated B.S./M.S. (ABM) program. Students may apply for regular admission to the ABM in PETE in the fall semester following the completion of 60 credits. Only enrolled WVU PEK 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 GPA requirement for regular admission is GPA of 3.0, with no provisional admissions allowed. Additional criteria include acceptable performance on the program's Professionalism Assessment used to monitor undergraduate student dispositions each semester in the major by a designated faculty member. Regular admission will not be offered to students with less than 2 semesters to complete the bachelor’s degree. The ABM in PETE is not available to students seeking a second (or subsequent) bachelor’s degree. Internal application is due by October 1 with program admissions decisions communicated by December 15. 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.

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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

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

GEF (may vary depending on overlap)29
First-Year Seminar
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)
Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Games in American Culture (GEF 8; C- or higher required)
Human Body: Structure and Function (C- or higher required)
Principles of Human Movement (C- or higher required)
Introduction to Physical Education (C- or higher required)
Motor Development (C- or higher required)
Motor Learning and Performance (C- or higher required)
Special Physical Education (C- or higher required)
PET CORE Block *56
All students must earn a minimum grade of C- required in all PET and SHED CORE Block courses.
And all students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher each semester.
Curriculum in Physical Education (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)
Pedagogy Theory and Application
Teaching Physical Activities 1
Teaching Physical Activities 2
Fitness Education
Teaching Primary Physical Education
Teaching K-2 Physical Education
Teaching 3-5 Physical Education
Technology in Physical Education
Teaching Physical Activities 3 (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills)
Teaching Physical Activities 4
Adapted Physical Education Practicum
Exercise Physiology 1
Reading in the Content Areas
Special Education in Contemporary Society (GEF 4)
Elementary School Health Program
Secondary School Health Program
Health in the School Community
Minor or Electives7
Capstone Experience 12
Students complete one of the following tracks:
Track 1 Physical Education Teaching **
Professional Field Experience
Student Teaching: K-5 Physical Education
Student Teaching: 6-12 Physical Education
Student Teaching Seminar
Track 2 Sport Pedagogy
Professional Field Experience
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study for Track 1 physical education teachING and Track 2 Sport pedagogy

First Year
PET 1242PET 1252
PET 1673PET 1752
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3GEF 33
PET 101 (GEF 8)3GEF 53
GEF 63GEF 83
PASS 1911GEF 83
 15 16
Second Year
PET 2442PET 2283
PET 2762PET 2334
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3PET 3493
GEF 2 with Lab4EXPH 3653
GEF 73SHED 4033
 14 16
Third Year
PET 3502PET 3463
PET 3693PET 3473
PET 3793PET 4413
RDNG 4223SHED 4024
SHED 4014SPED 304 (GEF 4)3
 15 16
Fourth Year
PET 4473PET 487 or 4913
PET 4493PET 488 or 4913
PET 4773PET 489 or 4912
Minor or Electives7C&I 491 or PET 4914
 16 12
Total credit hours: 120

Recommendation for Teacher Certification

Students in Track 1 Physical Education Teaching must satisfy the following WV certification requirements for Physical Education, preK-adult. 

1. Students must pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) and PRAXIS II (5091 exam) in physical education prior to student teaching.

2. Students are required to complete, submit, and pass the edTPA assessment to complete their teacher education program, and to be recommended to the state of West Virginia for certification.

 Note.  Students interested in teaching in another state will need to meet their certification requirements.  The inclusion of School Health courses is designed to prepare students for certification in Health following receipt of their initial certification in Physical Education. 

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

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
GEF Requirements22
PASS 191First-Year Seminar1
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (GEF 1)3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)3
Pre-Major Requirements
PET 101Games in American Culture3
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: K-5 Physical Education3
PET 488Student Teaching: 6-12 Physical Education3
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 Hours113

Suggested plan of study

First Year
PET 1242PET 1252 
PET 1673PET 1752 
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
PASS 1911PET 1013 
GEF 53GEF 33 
GEF 63GEF 83 
 15 16
Second Year
PET 2442PET 2283 
PET 2762PET 2334 
SPED 3043PET 3493 
GEF 24EXPH 3653 
GEF 73SHED 4033 
GEF 83  
 17 16
Third Year
SHED 4014SHED 4024PET 5653
PET 3502PET 3463PET 5781
PET 3693PET 3473PET 5833
PET 3793PET 4413 
RDNG 4223PET 5153 
 15 16 7
Fourth Year
PET 4473C&I 491A4PET 5733
PET 4493PET 5853PET 5791
PET 4773PET 5873PET 5813
PET 5453PET 5883 
PET 5803PET 5892 
 15 15 7
Total credit hours: 139

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

Major Learning Outcomes

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.

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 293. 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 346. Teaching Physical Activities 1. 0-3 Hours.

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 355. Teaching Aquatics. 1 Hour.

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

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 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. 0-3 Hours.

Basic concepts and instructional techniques for teaching pickleball, badminton, golf and disc games in public schools.

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 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 477. Adapted Physical Education Practicum. 3 Hours.

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

PET 487. Student Teaching: K-5 Physical Education. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: PET 488 and PET 489. A final, school-based practice teaching experience in elementary schools.

PET 488. Student Teaching: 6-12 Physical Education. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: 487 and 489. A final, school-based practice teaching experience in secondary schools.

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 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

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

PET 494. 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.



  • Sean Bulger - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)

Associate professor

  • Andrea Talliaferro - Ph.D. (University of Virginia)

Assistant professors

  • Emi Tsuda - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
  • James Wyant - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)

Professors emeriti

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

Associate Professor Emeritus

  • Bruce Wilmoth